The deadline to post videos to the “CDPH Film Fest — Lights, Camera, Save Lives” video contest is Friday, October 16. The contest, launched by Governor Schwarzenegger in early September, challenges Californians to create a short video in English or Spanish that highlights the steps to avoid H1N1 and seasonal flu. There will be four winners selected from two language categories, English and Spanish, and a gold and silver award will be granted in each category. The grand prize is a $500 gift card provided by the non-profit California Immunization Coalition and all four of the selected winning videos will air on television and be featured on Web sites.
“As the flu season swings into high gear, it is critical that Californians learn about the simple but effective ways of protecting themselves from the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus,” said Dr. Mark Horton, director of CDPH. “I have been impressed by the high level of creativity shown in the initial entries, and look forward to receiving more submissions.”
Both amateur and professional California residents age 14 and older are invited to create a 15, 30 or 60 second video that will motivate people to take steps that will help prevent the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu. The video must promote one or more of the following health messages:
• Get vaccinated
• Wash your hands frequently, especially after you cough or sneeze
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve
• Stay home if you are sick
For contest details, including rules, resources and video ideas, visit CDPHfilmfest.org.