2017 Book Trailer Contest

San Jose Public Library - Book Trailer Contest - image of teens looking out over city at sunset

Congratulations to SJPL's 2017 Book Trailer Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2017 Book Trailer Contest! We appreciate all the hard work that went into creating the book trailers and encourage you to keep participating in our future Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) contests.

Judging & Prizes

Prizes:

  • First Place Winner - Teen will receive a $150 Google Play gift card.
  • Second Place Winner - Teen will a $100 Google Play gift card.
  • Third Place Winner - Teen will receive a $50 Google Play card.

Finalist & Winner Judging Criteria:

All book trailer videos were evaluated based on the following criteria, weighted equally:

  • Creativity and innovation: Your video presents the book in an intriguing and artistic way. We want to read the book after watching your book trailer!
  • Quality of video production: Your video has high resolution and audio quality and demonstrates good production skills.
  • Appropriate content: Your video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.

In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of creativity and innovation scores.

Comments

It says specifically YA books but what if we cant tell if its YA or Adult?

My sister and I (ages 13 and 15) would like to make a book trailer together. Can we submit a trailer as a team?

Me and my friends want to do this is that possible.

If I turn 12 in August, can I join the competition?

Hello! Does the video need to be public or can it be private?

I think it should be public since the library attendees need to cast their votes.

Our club makes videos from MA, the Book Trailer Tuesday Club by same channel name on Youtube

Sorry if no one is checking this thread but have the finalists been announced yet?

Hi, Yes, the finalists have been announced. You can see the chosen top three, above. We're now asking the public to help vote for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place by liking the video. The video with the most "likes" will take first place, and so on. Voting closes August 25.

My friend and I made a video for this contest a month ago. I am confused because our video is not one of the options to vote on. The only options you said was Dairy of Anne Frank, TTLY, and an ember in ashes. How come our video is not here?? Please please help! Ps. This is our video link: https://youtu.be/feO9VJQ3sRU

Hi, the library's Summer Reading Challenge Committee (library staff) all had a chance to vote for their top three book trailers. At the end, the three book trailers with the most votes went onto the next round where now the public gets to vote. Unfortunately, if the book trailer you're looking for is not one of the three listed above, then it was not selected as a finalist. We thank you for your participation and encourage you to keep entering our fun and engaging contests that we have year-round. We're also hoping to have another book trailer contest next summer.

Hi! I submitted a video and filled out the form. The trailer got a lot of likes, but it is not included in the list above... is this because the library chose from the submitted projects before the public started casting their votes?

Hi, the library's Summer Reading Challenge Committee (library staff) all had a chance to vote for their top three book trailers. At the end, the three book trailers with the most votes went onto the next round where now the public gets to vote. Unfortunately, if the book trailer you're looking for is not one of the three listed above, then it was not selected as a finalist. We thank you for your participation and encourage you to keep entering our fun and engaging contests that we have year-round. We're also hoping to have another book trailer contest next summer.

I've just noticed that Bruce Nguyen's "The Diary Of Anne Frank" video had a lot of images that he did not have the right to use, and in the rules, it said they should not use images they do not have the right to use. Is he still in the running?

Thank you for contacting us. We understand your concern and have looked into this matter. We found that the person who submitted "The Diary of Anne Frank" book trailer did include his sources and is using the images under the Fair Use Act. He also used royalty free music, per his source. We appreciate your question and thank you for supporting SJPL.

I know this wasn't in the rules, but both finalists, "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "An Amber in the Ashes" were creating over 50 YouTube accounts just for their video to be liked. And I just found out that "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Bruce Nguyen has been using a bot to get likes. This should be cheating and they should be disqualified.

Thank you for contacting us. We understand your concern and have looked into this matter. Regarding the YouTube accounts you say were created for videos to be liked, we could not confirm that this was the case. We appreciate your question and thank you for supporting SJPL.

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