Safe Routes to School Film Challenge

Click the button or link below to register for the SRTS Film Challenge

SRTS Film Challenge Registration. 

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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Reel Grrls is inviting the City of Seattle youth to show their creativity by participating in a video challenge. Tell us how Seattle should travel safely through graphics, drawings, words, pictures all wrapped up in a video…. It’s up to you!

All participants must be current students at a Seattle High School

Judging Criteria

Creativity is the key to a good quality video and we would like to encourage out of the box thinking! Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges from the Seattle community.

All entries must be submitted and received April 30, 2019 by midnight PST.

By submitting a video, you promise the content:

  • Is your original creation
  • Has not been copied in whole or in part from any other work
  • Has never been previously published or submitted to any other competition.

View FAQs for additional information.

Here are some guidelines to follow

Entries will be evaluated using at least the following criteria:
  • Video Length: Minimum 30 seconds, Maximum 2 minutes
  • Limit 1 video submission per person/group
  • Each individual of a team must each complete a Reel Grrls liability waiver
  • Creativity and originality of the depicted theme
  • Encourages safe travel by foot, bike and/or transit
    • If using a bike – use a helmet and proper safety gear
    • If driving – must be a licensed student or parent
  • Entries must be submitted as a .mp4 file
  • Please include/consider diversity in your video recordings
    • Age, Ability, Ethnicity, Gender, Race, etc
Entries that include the following will not advance:
  • Contains profane or offensive language
  • Contains discriminatory images or content
  • Contains third party copyrights, trademarks, content, or other images owned or controlled by a third party other than Entrant, unless sufficient permission has been granted to Entrant.
    • For example, “Made in Washington” or Nike’s Logo Design
Selected finalists will:
  • Have their videos showcases online and used for future projects
  • Be invited to participate in a video release celebration where SDOT & Reel Grrls will highlight the filmmakers
Ideas for Themes/Topics:
  • How to ride a bike safely
  • How to safely use a crosswalk
  • Distracted walking/driving
  • Rules of the road
  • Safety tips
  • Topics that relate to Safe Routes to School and/or Vision Zero.

Mid-Winter Break Camp 2019 – 48 Hour Film Challenge

February 18, 2019 – February 22, 2019
10:00 am  – 4:00 pm
Location: TBD

Feb 18, 2019: 
10:00 am  – 12:00 pm
Rough screening with school and 48 Hour Film Challenge participants
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
48 Hour Film Challenge Day 1 Workshops: Pre-Production
February 19, 2019 
10:00 am  – 4:00 pm
48 Hour Film Challenge Workshops Day 2: Production and Post-Production
February 20, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
48 Hour Film Challenge Production Day 1
February 21, 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm
48 Hour Film Challenge Production Day 2
February 22, 2019
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
End 48 Hour Challenge
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
48 Hour Film Challenge Screening

Spring Break Camp 2019 – That’s a Wrap!

April 8, 2019 – April 12, 2019
10:00 am  – 4:00 pm
Location: TBD

April 12, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Final rough screening with school participants and 48 Hour Film Challenge participants


Movie tickets to Northwest Film Forum

RED Camera Operation Workshop courtesy of Blanket Fort Films

More prizes to be announced soon!

Language Access

Participants may request the program be offered in another language or format. SDOT and Reel Grrls will assume responsibility of providing translation services.

ADA Access

If you need an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation to complete the application, please contact program staff as soon as possible to request assistance. If these accommodations will be an ongoing need during the program of the proposed project, please contact program staff as soon as possible.

What is the Safe Routes to School Program and the Vision Zero Initiative?

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. Please visit the Safe Routes to School webpage for more information. Vision Zero is Seattle’s plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. Please visit the Vision Zero webpage for more information.

What are you going to do with my artwork/video?

The winning video will be added to SDOT’s Youtube page. All materials received will become property of the City of Seattle. They may be used in educational/information resources to promote Vision Zero and other City of Seattle safety efforts. Whenever possible, the City will give credit to the artists. Winners will be announced by email.

How can I participate if my school was not selected?

Students in the City of Seattle are still able to participate in the program through the 48-Hour Film Challenge.

What is the 48-Hour Film Challenge?

The 48-Hour Film Challenge is a subset program in which students in the City of Seattle can participate in the Safe Routes to School Video Challenge. It’s an intense two days of going through facilitated workshops where students learn to develop a pitch of their idea from learning about the Safe Routes to School Program and Vision Zero Initiative adopted by the City. Students of all skills and abilities will learn how to handle video equipment, then go through the video production process from shooting film to editing and final video production. Students are also welcome to return for the Spring Break Camp to further work on their projects before final submissions in April.

What if I do not have a bike and/or helmet?

Try to rent a bicycle from a local bike rental shop or use bikeshare. If that is not an option, contact Reel Grrls for additional options.

Here is a list of places where you can buy low cost bicycle helmets:

What prizes can my team win?

Please visit the PRIZES tab on the left for a list of potential prizes your team is eligible to win!

When can I submit my video project?

We are accepting videos until April 30th 12:00 AM midnight (PST).

Can I change my submission after I’ve submitted?

No, you many not make any changes after submitting.

Who is judging my submission?

There will a group of individuals reviewing the videos such as the Safe Routes to School Coordinator, the Vision Zero Coordinator, Reel Grrls representative, the SDOT program manager and others.

When will I find out who wins?

Sponsors will communicate with Entrants by the e-mail address or phone number provided in the Entry. If an Entrant cannot be contacted, is ineligible, or fails to claim an award, the award may be forfeited and an alternate Entrant may be selected from remaining valid, eligible entries timely submitted. Winners will be announced May 24-27th .

What criteria are the judges using to evaluate the designs and make their recommendations?

  • Interpretation and clarity of the theme to the viewer.
  • Creativity and originality of the depicted theme.
  • Incorporating Safe Routes to School and/or Vision Zero information.
  • Inspiration.

Have more questions?

Please contact Taira Shimbashi and Belén Herrera.

Taira Shimbashi – Reel Grrls Program Coordinator

Belén Herrera – SDOT Project Manager

All participants must complete and submit a Reel Grrls Participant Waiver and Release Form to take part in the Safe Routes to School Film Challenge. We recommend submitting your Reel Grrls Participant Waiver and Release Form before camps begin.

If you are unable to submit your form before the first day of camps, there will be copies available during sign-in on February 18, 2019 at the 48 Hour Film Challenge camp.

Click the button or link below for the Reel Grrls Participant Waiver and Release Form in PDF format.

RG Waiver and Release Form

Please email or mail you completed form to:


Taira Shimbashi


Reel Grrls

Attn: Taira Shimbashi/SRTS

4408 Delridge Way SW #112

Seattle, WA 98106