District to hold film contest for ‘Bully X Project 2013’
Wanna be a filmmaker?
Well, students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can get a taste of making a film if they win “The Bully X Project 2013.”
The film contest, part of “Not on Our Watch” (N.O.W.), is another step in the District’s yearlong campaign to stamp out bullying behavior in schools. The project encourages students to submit scripts, songs/raps or poems that tell their peers about the negative consequences of bullying.
Among the entries, five schools will be chosen to produce their work in a feature presentation, which will premier at the end of the school year.
To enter, follow these steps:
· Meet with the school’s N.O.W. team and discuss themes, concepts and content
· Create a script, song, rap or poem that is between 3-5 minutes long and illustrates bullying behavior and how students work to decrease the frequency of bullying
Each entrant must complete an entry form and submit it to the school principal by Friday, March 15. Principals will email scripts, lyrics or poems to [email protected] no later than 11 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2013.
In the judging, 50 percent of the scoring will be for the message -- it must be positive and forward-thinking -- on how involved students were in the process and on whether the entry includes N.O.W. as part of its theme.
The concept and approach are 30 percent of the score. They must be unique. Judges will look to see if entrants used innovative ways to convey their message.
The final 20 percent of the scoring will be for how easily understood is the dialogue.
“Bullying will be eliminated in our schools only if students are empowered to stand up and speak out against bullying behaviors,” said Gayle Gadison, manager of Social Studies. “The Bully X Project allows CMSD students to use their voices to educate their peers about the urgency of creating bully-free schools.”