2017-18 School Year HC DrugFree Category
HC DrugFree was pleased to partner with the HoCo Student Film Festival. This year, HC DrugFree looked for Howard County film-savvy teens able to create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) focused on how alcohol/drug use and abuse effects family and friends.
Films were to be 30-90 seconds, be appropriate for family viewing, and have an original concept or idea. The target audience was middle and high school students and their parents/guardians.
HC DrugFree staff was happy to answer any questions, but encouraged students to keep checking the HoCo Film Festival website at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/hoco-filmfest/ or this page for updates. Staff was happy to answer any questions since HC DrugFree will use the winning film(s) as public service announcements.
Hint: We like to see our name (Remember, our name is NOT Howard County DrugFree. Our legal name is HC DrugFree), website listed, and our logo on the film. When in doubt, students were to ask us!!!
Films were judged and the top films were shown at the HoCo Film Festival on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Miller Library in Ellicott City. Prizes and trophies were awarded.
Deadline for films was: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Submission Process: Visit hocofilmfest.com for information.
Suggested languages: English and Spanish
We look forward to sharing the films.
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.
2016-17 School Year 1st Place: "Take Charge" by Reservoir High School students Amanda O'Shaughnessy and Claire O'Shaughnessy
2nd Place: "Stress Less" by Atholton High School students Anna Beidelman, Sarah Courtney, Paige Beidelman, Meg Kurup, 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)
Coming soon - 2018 Films
Below are the 2017 films:
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.