Save the Date for the 2019-20 School Year FilmFestival on Friday, April 24, 2020.

2018-19 School Year HC DrugFree Category

2018-19 School Year 1st Place Winner: "In the Know about Students Who Vape in Howard County" by Reservoir High School students Claire O'Shaughnessy

2nd Place Winner: "Escape the Vape" by Reservoir High School student Dannah Marcelino

HC DrugFree is pleased to partner with the HoCo Student Film Festival. This year, HC DrugFree is looking for Howard County film-savvy teens able to create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) focused on In the KNOW specific to vaping or Juuling in Howard County. KNOWledge is power, and we all need to be “In the KNOW” about drug use in Howard County. Drugs include nicotine. Films will be 30-90 seconds, be appropriate for family viewing, and have an original concept or idea. The target audience will be middle and high school students and their parents/guardians. HC DrugFree staff is happy to answer any questions, and we encourage students to keep checking this page for updates. HC DrugFree plans to use the winning film(s) as public service announcements. “HC DrugFree” name, website, phone number, Admin email, and our logo must appear on the final screen of each entry. Contact our office to get the required information and remember, our legal name is HC DrugFree. Films will be judged and the top films will be shown at the HoCo Film Festival on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Charles E. Miller Library in Ellicott City. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. Deadline for films will be April 5, 2019. Submission Process: Visit hocofilmfest.com for information. Suggested languages: English and Spanish. We look forward to sharing the films.

2017-18 School Year HC DrugFree Category

HC DrugFree was pleased to partner with the HoCo Student Film Festival. In 2018-19, HC DrugFree’s Public Service Announcements (PSAs) category focused on how alcohol/drug use and abuse effects family and friends.

Previous Winners: 2016-17 School Year HC DrugFree Category  "Stressed Out? KNOW Drug Free Alternatives"

Last school year, HC DrugFree Public Service Announcements (PSAs) focused on the stresses faced by teenagers and how they could handle stress without drugs and alcohol. 

up, Allison Siil, Muskaan Manroy, Veronica Adler 

2nd Place: "Two Options" by Hammond High School students Renee Lindenmann, Nashawn Callands, Bailey Smith, Michael Weiss, Hosea Mundi and teacher: Ms. Mary B. West 

3rd Place: "Stress" by Atholton High School student Cianna Bisant and River Hill High School student Chidera Umeozulu

The winning films were shown at the HoCoFilm Festival on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7 P.M. at the Miller Library in Ellicott City. Intended Use of Winning Films: As appropriate, films may run as PSAs on HC DrugFree’s website and other outlets, at HC DrugFree programs across Howard County, in local media, and in other ways determined appropriate by HC DrugFree.

2016 HC DrugFree Category Winner - HoCo FilmFest

For the second consecutive year, Rachel Lin, a senior at Howard High School won the HC DrugFree Category at the HoCo FilmFest. Congratulations to Rachel and all the winners. 

Winner: “It Starts with One” by Rachel Lin, Rachel Water and Michael Cook (Howard High School)

1st Runner Up: "Hit Me Up" by Nicholas Martineau and Ryan Buckmaster (Centennial High School)

2nd Runner Up: "Don't Start" by Lauryn Terry, Victoria Duong, Kameron Smith and Desiree Gabor (Hammond High School)

Judge's Choice: "Hope" by Cianna Bisant (Atholton High School)

 

Below are the 2017 films:

2016-17 School Year 1st Place Winners in the HC DrugFree Category: Amanda and Claire O'Shaughnessy from Reservoir High School. Congratulations to these creative sisters!

2016-17 School Year 1st Place Winners in the HC DrugFree Category: Amanda and Claire O'Shaughnessy from Reservoir High School. Congratulations to these creative sisters!

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director, thanks the 2016-17 School Year FilmFest Advisors: Ms. Binki McKenna from Reservoir High School and Ms. Jill Lee from Long Reach High School. Thank you to all the adults working with the teens throughout the year!

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director, thanks the 2016-17 School Year FilmFest Advisors: Ms. Binki McKenna from Reservoir High School and Ms. Jill Lee from Long Reach High School. Thank you to all the adults working with the teens throughout the year!

HC DrugFree HoCo FilmFest Winning Video and SMOB Candidate

March 20, 2015

2015 - HC DrugFree is excited to announce the winner of the HC DrugFree category in the HoCo FilmFest

Joan Webb Scornaienchi presented Rachel Lin, a junior at Howard High School and member of HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council, with the 1st place trophy in the HC DrugFree Category at the 2015 HoCo FilmFest. Rachel's film about concert safety, The Kids Aren't Alright, can be viewed here.

Rachel is also running for the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB). Election Day is April 22. Click here to see her creative campaign video.