2016 ASMF "Sleep Story" High School Video Contest


The American Sleep Medicine Foundation is pleased to announce that they are changing the way the third award will be decided in the ASMF High School Video Contest!

The ASMF Award Committee will designate the 1st and 2nd place winners whose videos will be recognized and posted on the ASMF website. We are designating the third award winner as the “People’s Choice” Award that will be chosen by the general public. The ASMF will rank all of the video submissions and place the top 5 videos on the ASMF website for the public to choose which video best tells the story about the importance of sleep.

Don’t wait – submit your video today and you may have the opportunity to have thousands view your work on the ASMF website.

How much do you know about sleep?

  • We spend about one-third of our life sleeping. 
  • Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in cognitive performance equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. 
  • The Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep deprivation played a role.
  • Teenagers need more sleep than adults – 9-10 hours a night. Academic performance is strongly affected by insufficient sleep. 
  • Drowsy driving is a factor each year in as many as 7,500 fatal motor vehicle crashes (approximately 25%) in the United States. 
Sleep problems affect an estimated 70 million people in the U.S. each year. Bouts of insomnia due to stress, interrupted sleep due to late-night use of electronic devices, sleep apnea due to weight gain – these are all real problems that are becoming more prevalent in society.
As a student, you know how the demands of school work, extracurricular activities and your social life affect your sleep. What you might not know is the effect sleep has on your relationships, grades and overall health. Sleep problems can lead to poor performance in the classroom, cause strain in relationships and also contribute to other serious medical issues like diabetes and heart disease.

Sleep has an impact on every aspect of your life, and everyone has a story about sleep. The American Sleep Medicine Foundation is issuing a nationwide creative challenge to young filmmakers: Tell a sleep story to help us shine a light on the effects of sleep problems.

Here’s your chance to creatively tell a story about the importance of sleep and to win $500 for you and $500 for your school. The best videos will be used to educate the public about sleep. To enter, create a Sleep Story video that highlights the importance of sleep and is between 30 seconds and two minutes in length. Upload your video to YouTube and then submit the link to the ASMF by 11:59 p.m. CST on February 29, 2016. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of sleep medicine physicians and researchers and judged based on appropriateness of message, relevance of the message to sleep problems today, originality, accuracy of the message content and the overall quality of the video. The Sleep Story contest is open to students enrolled in high school in the United States at the time of entry; attestation of enrollment must be provided by a teacher via the submission form. Please contact Laura Bentley via email (lbentley@discoversleep.org) or at (630) 737-9700 with questions.
  1. ENTRY PERIOD: The “Sleep Story” Video Contest (the “Contest”) entry period opens November 5, 2015 and closes on February 29, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

  2. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to any individual who is enrolled in high school in the United States at the time of entry. No purchase of any sort is necessary. Each submission must be the work of one individual.

  3. AGREEMENT TO RULES: Each Entrant must comply with all the terms and conditions of the official rules (the “Rules”) contained herein. By participating in the Contest, each Entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to be bound by and accepts the terms and conditions of these Rules and the decisions of American Sleep Medicine Foundation and its judges (including, without limitation, the selection of finalists and winners, and the awarding of prizes), which are final and binding in all respects.

  4. HOW TO ENTER: To enter, create a video (must be between 30 seconds and two minutes in length) showing the effects of sleep illness. All material submitted must be original work created solely for submission in this contest.
To Submit:
  1. Upload your video entry to YouTube 
  2. Email the link AND the completed Entry Form to Laura Bentley at lbentley@discoversleep.org.
The Official Entry Form must include all requested information, including, without limitation, all contact information along with a Video Submission that complies with these Rules.
  1. SELECTION OF WINNER(s): The panel of Judges will watch and analyze every entry received for:
    1. Appropriateness of message
    2. Relevance of the message to sleep medicine today
    3. Originality
    4. Accuracy of message content
    5. Overall quality of video
All applicants will be notified of the award decision by the ASMF via email by May 15, 2016
  1. PRIZES:
    1. Grand Prize: $1,000 Split evenly between you and your school
    2. First Runner-Up: $500 Split evenly between you and your school
    3. Second Runner-Up: $250 Split evenly between you and your school
    1. Running Time: 30 seconds – 2 minutes, including any credits.
    2. Originality: Submissions must be original work of the Entrant and must not have been previously published or have won an award or prize of any kind. Previously published submissions from publicized contests will be disqualified. Submissions or works created by others will not be considered and will be disqualified.
    3. Style: Submissions can by in any style or genre of film or video, including, but not limited to, animation, drama, comedy, still art, imagery or documentary.
    4. Copyright: Entrants must follow the Use of Copyright Materials in Student Television Network Activities guidelines regarding to copyright for their entry. Submissions must not incorporate or include anything that violates any law or the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or other right of any third party. Proof of permission may be requested.
    5. Music: Entrants may use music, but any music must be created by the Entrant. Submissions containing copyrighted music, samples, files, or any other protected works that the Entrant does not have the rights to will be disqualified.
    6. Permission: Contestants are responsible for securing all necessary rights, licenses, clearances, releases, consents and/or permissions from any third parties that appear in the video entry in order to avoid disqualification, and the American Sleep Medicine Foundation reserves the right to request proof of ownership or permission to use any material contained in each submission.
    1. Include trademarks, logos, or copyrighted material not owned by the entrant. All images or references to third party brands, logos or works must be edited or blurred in the video submission.
    2. Use individuals’ names, in whole or in part (including the Entrant’s last name), without written permission.
    3. In the sole and absolute judgment of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, contain: profanity; content depicting or promoting sexual activity; content depicting or promoting illegal activity; content that depicts or promotes violence or harm; or any other offensive, obscene, or inappropriate content.
  1. USE OF SUBMISSION: Entries and other submitted material become the property of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and will not be acknowledged or returned. By submitting an entry:
    1. You represent and warrant that, if you are the designated person that has entered this Contest, you are authorized to make representations and warranties, and will be severally liable for any breach of these representations and warranties or other failure to comply with the Official Rules of this Contest.
    2. You represent and warrant that your entry and all elements contained therein (“Content”) is original and, to the extent the Content incorporates or includes anything that is owned or controlled by any third party, you have obtained in writing all rights necessary to comply with the Official Rules of this Contest; and, that Content does not violate any copyright, trademark, publicity right, or any other right of any third party.
    3. You agree that Content shall be, to the maximum extent eligible, a "work made for hire," under the U.S. Copyright Act, as amended, with all rights therein, including without limitation the exclusive copyright, being the property of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation. Otherwise, if your entry or any element thereof is considered not to be a "work made for hire," you hereby unconditionally and irrevocably transfer to the American Sleep Medicine Foundation all right, title, and interest in the Content (including, without limitation, the copyright) in any and all media whether now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, wherever produced or located, including the right to use, copy, distribute, perform, display and to create derivative works of the Content for advertising, trade, other commercial purposes or any other purpose; provided, however, to the extent Content contains third party materials, you have obtained written permission granting American Sleep Medicine Foundation a perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid, freely transferable (with full rights to sublicense) universal, unconditional and irrevocable right and license to copy, distribute, perform, display and to create derivative works from such third party materials for any and all purposes relating to the promotion, marketing, advertising, distribution and/or sales of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation.
    4. You represent and warrant that you meet the requirements and qualifications for this Contest, and that you have read these Official Rules and are fully familiar with them.
    5. You agree to indemnify, and hold American Sleep Medicine Foundation, its officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents and representatives (“Indemnitees”) harmless from and against any third party claim (including reasonably attorneys’ fees and costs) arising from any use of the Content. You waive (i) any right to publicity, privacy or moral rights relating to the Content or your participation in this Contest, and (ii) any right to inspect or approve uses of the Content or to be compensated for any such uses. To the extent these rights may not be waived legally, you agree not to assert them.
    6. By submitting an entry, you grant to the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and its affiliated companies the right, except where prohibited by law, to use your name, likeness, picture, voice, biographical information, submission/entry and written or oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes in promoting or publicizing the Contest, American Sleep Medicine Foundation and its mission and services, without compensation unless required by law. You shall have no right of approval, no claim to compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, rights of integrity or attribution, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration, or use in composite form of your name, picture, likeness, address (city and state), e-mail address, biographical information, or entry. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to American Sleep Medicine Foundation and its affiliated companies and agents with respect to all entrants in the Contest, including the entrant who is selected as the grand prize winner and those entrants who are not selected. American Sleep Medicine Foundation is under no obligation to use the winning entries or any other entry for any purpose.
Download 2016 ASMF Video Contest Entry Form