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Libraries Together Teen YouTube Video Contest

February 10, 2012

Have you ever wanted to make movies? Well now is your chance. Create and upload an original video to YouTube and attend our Libraries Together Cast Party.  This year we have decided you or your team can choose your own theme. Below is a list of examples we thought up, but feel free to make the movie you want to make!

  • Live action video games, such as a reenactment of an epic Minecraft session.
  • Infomercials for your favorite book, library program, or fictional product.
  • A flashmob.
  • Incorporate Skype or twitter interview with your favorite author.
  • Reinterpret classic literature with a healthy dose of teen angst.

Who can create a video?  Quad-city Teens ages 12-19.  Work alone or with friends.  Be spontaneous or be scripted.  Keep it fun and library appropriate.  Upload the video to YouTube and return the entry form with the URL or email it to your librarian.  Then come to our Cast Party held after-hours at Bettendorf Public Library.  You can print the entry form or pick one up at any of the Davenport, Bettendorf, or Scott County-Eldridge public library locations.  Entry forms will be available in the libraries soon!


Need a video camera?  Call your local library or school to see if a camera is available for use and if they have Windows Movie Maker or iMovie editing programs. You can always use your cell phone or digital camera video modes.

 Need to edit?  Before or after you have created your video, you can visit your local library to use the editing software.


After the video is edited, please create an account at YouTube so you can upload it. All videos are subject to the YouTube terms of use found by clicking here.  After uploading, RETURN ENTRY FORM TO YOUR HOME LIBRARY AND/OR EMAIL:

 Be sure to include the title of your video, its URL, your name(s), phone number!


Entries will be judged by area library staff.  We will choose one video as the Library’s Choice and attendees at the Cast Party will choose one as the Viewer’s Choice.  Both will win $100 cash.  Other awards will be given to the makers of the most creative, entertaining, and best quality videos.


Entries due Saturday, February 25th

After Hours Cast PARTY! — Participants and cast are invited to the After-Hours Cast Party and Screening where we will mingle, serve refreshments, and give awards.  The Cast party will be at the Bettendorf Library on Friday March 23rd at 5:30 p.m.  Please register by clicking here.  NOTE:  This cast party event is for teens only.

Grand Prize Winners

March 31, 2009

So, in case you haven’t seen the Grand Prize winning films here they are:

What’s Up Holmes? by Gavin Wright and Austin Bundy won the Viewer’s Choice Award and Best Comedy.  It’s hilarious AND has awesome effects.  Pac-Man.  Pac-Man.  And the next one here, Lots of Character by Shelby Bargren, won the Librarian’s Choice Award along with Best Original Film.  Please note:  the original song she chose is being blocked by YouTube, but played perfectly at the IMAX screening.  You should’ve been there! :)  You can still see all the hard work she put in and relish in the film’s keen artistic qualities.  Enjoy!


More Film Fest Moments

March 30, 2009

pre-party interviews with filmmakersred carpet interview

Above are the cast and crew of A Movie of Coolness.  They’re shown being interviewed as they enter the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre, and then as they walk the red carpet just prior to making their silver screen debut.  The group went home with their very own Oscar-like trophy we like to call the “Dewey” for Best Soundtrack.  Way to go!  Their movie certainly was cool!

voting for viewer's choice award

Here’s an action shot of the audience members voting for the Grand Prize Viewer’s Choice Award just after the screening on the balcony of the IMAX.  The winner ending up being What’s Up Holmes? by Gavin Wright & Austin Bundy.  The pair took home a Dewey and $100 for that award, plus they also won Best Comedy.  This was the second year the pair of Davenport teens won the Viewer’s Choice Award.  Once again, amazing work guys!!

winner of librarian's choice and best original film

Pictured here, holding the two Deweys she was awarded, is the talented Shelby Bargren of Moline.  Shelby won for Best Original Film and also the only other Grand Prize-Librarian’s Choice Award which also garnered her $100!  We were all very, very impressed with Shelby’s work and creativity.  Rumor has it she can’t wait ’til next year’s film fest rolls around.  Well, we can’t wait to see what Shelby and the rest of the teen filmmakers can come up with to top this year’s entries!  ‘Til then…

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Libraries Together 2nd Annual Teen Film Fest.  Thank you all for giving it a try and working so very hard.  We hope you all had a great time!


Check it…

March 27, 2009

Check out this cool video from the Quad City Times website of last night’s festivities at the IMAX.  Don’t miss the great article, too.  Thank you for the great coverage, QC Times :)

And the Dewey Goes To…

March 27, 2009

Following is a list of the award winners from last night’s 2nd Annual Teen Film Fest Red Carpet Premiere event held at the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre.  It was a such wonderful time!  Thanks to everyone who attended and, especially, to all the talented teen filmmakers for creating such spectacular films!  Way to go!


Individual Awards:

Best Acting- Draco for President  by Zina Ellis, Maria Johnson, Carissa Dewaele, Austin Slater, Shayn Lomba
Best Comedy- What’s Up Holmes?  by Gavin Wright and Austin Bundy
Best Soundtrack- Movie of Coolness  by Gabriella Garrido
Best Stunt Work- Writing the Godfather  by Justin Coleman
Best Documentary- What I Learned at the Library: Airport  by Sheldon Wellman
Best Action Film- The Secret Life of 007  by James McNeil, Jack McNeil, Kathleen Bracke
Best Drama- Hostage  by Steven Bieber
Best Original Film- Lots of Character  by Shelby Bargren
Best Animation- A Day at the Library  by Benjamin and Matthew Haycraft
Best Ensemble Cast-What Happens at the Library  by Jade and Jocelyn Jackson
Best Screenplay-Goodnight Moon: Revised  by Sarah Stogdill

 Grand Prize Awards :

Viewer’s Choice Award- What’s Up Holmes?  by Gavin Wright & Austin Bundy

Librarian’s Choice Award- Lots of Character  by Shelby Bargren


Stay tuned, as we’ll be posting pics and videos from last night’s screening in the days to come.  Also, you can view some of the videos shown last night by visiting the QC Libraries YouTube Group.


Teen Film Fest Red Carpet Screening at the IMAX!

March 24, 2009

The 2nd Annual Libraries Together Teen Film Festival & Red Carpet Screening Event at the Putnam Museum & IMAX® Theatre is March 26!

That’s this Thursday!!

At 6 pm, the pre-party for the teen filmmakers and their guests will begin, complete with free pizza and refreshments. Then at 7pm, the FREE Red Carpet Premiere begins! The premiere is open to the public. So bring your friends, walk the red carpet, and join us in viewing the creative works of area teens as their films are projected onto the biggest screen in town! Plus, the IMAX concession stands will be open to suit your snacking needs. Hope to see you there!

Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre


Libraries TogetherThe contest began in February, with a call for entries. Teens could choose from three themes, as related to their favorite book: outtakes, book trailer, or missing/unwritten scene. The libraries offered numerous opportunities for teens to use library technology to create their masterpieces. The workshops, training sessions, and events leading up to the red carpet event were created to celebrate “Teen Tech Week,” (March 8 – 14), a national initiative to encourage teens to learn technology and use it responsibly.

Call 563-326-7893 for further info.