Lights, camera, action: the Teen Tech Week Video Contest is back


Starting this week, teens have an additional reason to storyboard their bookish ideas and translate their creative visions and voices into video. It’s official, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is announcing that its annual Teen Tech Week (TTW) Video Contest is on! From March 4 to April 2, teens aged 13 to 18 are invited to create a one-minute video inspired by a book of their choice! Whether they create a book trailer, a parody, a review, a dramatization of a compelling scene, or anything else that might inspire them, teens can let their imagination run wild and compete for the grand prize: an Apple iPad and a SAWVideo prize pack!

At the end of the contest period, 10 finalists will be announced and their videos will be screened, at the newly named Teen Tech Week Film Festival (the official Teen Tech Week Awards Night & Video Screening event) which will take place on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Centrepointe Theatre Studio, at 101 Centrepointe Drive. All contest submissions will also be eligible for a wild-card prize, which will be revealed that night.

The Film Festival event is free and open to everyone who would enjoy celebrating and discovering the wise, witty and sometimes wacky video expressions of creative and inspired teens. April 27 promises to be a fun evening for all!

The OPL’s Teen Tech Week video contest stems from Teen Tech Week (TTW), a campaign coordinated by a division of the American Library Association, the Young Adult Library Services Association, whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens. This year’s theme is: “Libraries are for Creating” will be celebrated March 4 to 10 in libraries across North America. TTW celebrates and highlights the fact that public libraries are a lot more than just books. OPL invites teens to discover its digital offerings, including eBooks and emagazines, downloadable music and videos to stream, OPL blogs, and the expanded OPL Makerspace: Imagine Space.

In the spirit of celebrating all things tech, OPL will be hosting two filming and editing workshops in March in the Imagine Space located at the Nepean Centrepointe branch : Green Screen and After Effect and Adobe Premier Pro.

For more details about the Teen tech Week Video Contest and the Teen Tech Week Film Festival, please visit the OPL website at, call 613-580-2940 or email

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual, via our website, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!

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