Short Film Contest For Teens


Our teens have cell phones. They are also learning to drive. How do we keep our kids from using their phones while driving? From apps that shut down phones in motion to showing gruesome PSAs, we parents are constantly looking for ways to ensure our teens make smart decisions behind the wheel.

Another way to impress upon young drivers the importance of driving without distractions is to have them research and share information. That is the goal of  The Wireless Foundation™’s Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses Teen Digital Short Contest. The competition, which is in its second year, challenges students ages 13-18 to create their own short film to persuade their peers to not drive while distracted.

“Winning last year was important to me because too many of my friends put themselves at risk by driving distracted,” says 2015 winner Gillian Annis of Cypress, California. “I wanted to remind them in a meaningful and direct digital short on what could happen by making one mistake and how it could change their entire life.”

The contest runs from October 15 to December 15, 2015. The grand prize is a $5,000 scholarship, and the teacher/mentor prize of $500. Two runners-up will each win a $1,000 scholarship; their teachers/mentors will each win $250. Three semifinalists will each win a $500 scholarship; their teachers/mentors will each win $100. State winners (up to 2 per state) will be awarded $100 each.

“The Drive Smart program is an important way to remind students as well as parents and the community about the importance of safe driving behavior,” says Athena Polydorou, executive director of The Wireless Foundation™.

The Wireless Foundation™ partnered with By Kids For Kids to create the Drive Smart campaign. Teachers, parents, students and community leaders can download activities and information on the dangers of driving while distracted at

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