Street Smarts now accepting submissions for 'Be Reel!' video contest

Middle and high school students in San Ramon Valley can participate

The San Ramon Valley Street Smarts program is calling on all young filmmakers in the region to sign up for its annual “Be Reel!” video contest and participate in the organization's efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians.

Open to middle and high school students, applicants are invited to submit their 60-second public service announcement videos based off of this year’s traffic safety theme: “Stay Alert and Don’t Get Hurt!”

Applicants are required to read the full list of Street Smarts application rules online and are advised that all video submissions are due no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 18.

Students can submit videos either individually or in teams, with finalist videos to be shown during a special awards ceremony set to be held in February 2020. In addition to the awards ceremony, finalist videos will also be shown on Contra Costa Television and at school sites.

Prizes will be awarded separately in middle and high school age groups in the following categories:

* Best Use of Special Effects/Animation

* Best Plot/Storyline

* Best Editing

Each member of the production team who wins in the aforementioned categories will receive a $20 gift card.

Last year’s competition featured six winning teams who submitted videos based off of the theme “Let’s Ride!”

Launched in 2004 following the deaths of three San Ramon Valley children in two separate traffic-related accidents, Street Smarts promotes educational programs and contests such as "Be Reel!" to spread awareness and try to make streets safer for students and pedestrians.

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