High School Video Contest

Sleep and Teens in High School
Issue Date: November 19, 2019
Submission Due Date: February 7, 2020 by 11:59 CT
Amount of Award: Up to $1,000
Contact: American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Attn: Kathleen Fitzgerald
Fax: 630-737-9790
E-mail: contest@aasm.org

Teens in the U.S. can enter the annual AASM High School Video Contest to compete for a cash prize and raise awareness about the importance of sleep. Submit an original video up to 2 minutes in length that motivates teens to make sleep one of their top health priorities.

Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Getting the sleep that your body needs is essential for your health, well-being and mood. Sleep also works for you so that you can perform your best at school. When you get good sleep, your memory is sharper and you think more clearly and creatively. Sleep also energizes you for peak performance in sports, making you faster, stronger and more accurate. Finally, sleep keeps you safe by helping you to avoid motor vehicle accidents caused by drowsy driving.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens between 13 and 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. However, CDC data show that 73% of U.S. high school students report sleeping fewer than 8 hours on an average school night. These students are suffering from chronic sleep restriction, which can have a negative impact on their physical and mental health, academic and athletic performance, and mood. Chronic sleep loss also can influence teens’ decision-making, putting personal and public safety at risk.

Factors that can prevent teens from getting sufficient sleep include social media usescreen-based media usage at nightlate-night binge-watching and early school start times.

Entry Period:

The 2020 AASM High School Video Contest entry period opens November 19, 2019 and closes on February 7, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. CST.


The Contest is open to any individual who is enrolled in high school in the United States, or has evidence of being enrolled in a homeschooling program, at the time of entry. (U.S. students who attend a Department of Defense school are eligible for the contest, even if the school is located in another country.) No purchase of any sort is necessary, and there is no entry fee. Each submission must be the work of one individual (the “Entrant”).

Selection of Winner(s):

The panel of Judges will watch and analyze every entry received for originality and video quality, as well as the appropriateness, relevance, and accuracy of its message.


  • 1st Place: $1,000 split evenly between you and your school
  • 2nd Place: $500 split evenly between you and your school
  • People’s Choice: $250 Split evenly between you and your school

Note: The People’s Choice winner will be chosen by the general public through online voting.

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 the AASM 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.

Guidelines for Video Submissions

  • Running Time: 30 seconds – 2 minutes, including any credits.
  • 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.
  • Style: Submissions can by in any style or genre of film or video, including animation, drama, comedy, still art, imagery or documentary.
  • Copyright: Entrants must comply with 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.
  • Music: Any music used in the video 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.
  • 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 Academy of Sleep Medicine reserves the right to request proof of ownership or permission to use any material contained in each submission.
  • Submission: Contest entrants must submit their video as a public YouTube link. Contest winners also will be asked for an MP4 file of their video submission.

Appropriateness Requirements

Video Submissions must NOT:

  • 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.
  • Use individuals’ names, in whole or in part (including the Entrant’s last name), without written permission.
  • In the sole and absolute judgment of the AASM, 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.

Use of Submission

Entries and other submitted material become the property of the AASM and will not be acknowledged or returned. By submitting an entry:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 AASM. 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 AASM 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 the AASM 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 AASM.
  • 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.
  • You agree to indemnify, and hold the AASM, 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.
  • By submitting an entry, you grant to the AASM 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, the AASM 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 the AASM 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. The AASM is under no obligation to use the winning entries or any other entry for any purpose.

2020 AASM High School Video Contest Winners

2019 AASM “Sleep Works for You” High School Video Contest Winners

High School Video Contest 2011 – 2018

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The AASM Foundation hosted a Topical Review in Sleep Science Contest in 2011 and an annual High School Video Contest from 2013 through 2018, focusing on motivating teens to prioritize the importance of sleep in their lives. Winners of these contests are shown below. The annual contest is now sponsored by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

2018 AASM Foundation “Make Time 2 Sleep” High School Video Contest Winners

Note: All prizes are split evenly between the winner(s) and their school. The People’s Choice winner is chosen by the general public through online voting.

2017 ASMF “Sleep Recharges You” High School Video Contest Winners

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Additional Past Winners