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7th Annual Streets, Art, SAFE Film Competition

Year 2021/2022 Information and Registration


The Streets, Art, SAFE Film Competition is a program for high school students to advocate for Street Safety through the arts. In Los Angeles, Traffic collisions are the #1 killer of our youth, aged 4 - 14. This program aims to educate and empower students to do something about it through creative, fun, artistic, and impactful visual storytelling. 



Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE)


In major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, millions of drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, e-scooter users, and pedestrians share bustling thoroughfares. Unfortunately, according to the LA Department of Transportation, Los Angeles is the deadliest American city to walk, bike, or drive. And, according to LA Weekly, a staggering 48 percent of crashes are hit-and-runs.


This may seem unbelievable, but Damian Kevitt lived it. On a regular Sunday morning bike ride in February 2013, a driver struck him and never stopped -- dragging him nearly a quarter mile under the car, from the streets onto and down the freeway. Fortunately, and unbelievably, he survived. In the process, he lost his right leg and gained a new mission: to use what happened to him to help save the lives of others by making the streets safer for all road users. In January 2014, he founded Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE), a non-profit organization to accomplish that mission.




Creativity and Change Through Public Service Announcements (PSAs)


Public Service Announcements (PSAs) use the power of communication to raise awareness on important issues needing a change in our society. They are a fun, creative, educational, and informative way to bring about change. 


SAFE created a contest amongst high school students to produce a PSA about traffic safety issues. The purpose of this program is two-fold:


  • Create awareness of traffic safety importance for our young adults, giving them the outlet of artistic expression to teach others about traffic safety.  
  • Foster artistic creativity, allowing students to develop expertise in visual storytelling.


This contest is called Streets, Art, SAFE.



Supporting Teachers and Mentoring Students


Making a PSA is no small task. This challenge is precisely what makes this competition fun and exciting! To help participating students understand the assignment, SAFE provides:

  • A list of 22 PSA topics to choose from
  • A flow-chart on the production steps
  • Examples of professional PSAs
  • Free resources and workshops students can attend to learn more about specific aspects of filmmaking.
  • Industry experts are also available to mentor students. This mentoring includes guidance on areas of potential improvement on scripts, storyboards, rough edits, and, ultimately, their finished products.  



Judging Criteria


In addition to mentoring students, film industry specialists serve as the blue ribbon panel that judge and help choose the winning PSAs. They give each PSA a score of 1 to 10 in the following six categories:

  1. Script originality/creativity
  2. Cinematography
  3. Make-up
  4. Acting
  5. Post special effects/graphics
  6. Editing

Street safety experts also judge the PSAs on the following three categories:

  1. Script originality/creativity
  2. Research and accuracy of traffic safety stats and facts
  3. Effectiveness of street safety message


Awards, Prizes, Trophies, and Acknowledgements


The competition leads up to a red-carpet Streets, Art, SAFE Awards Ceremony (SAS Awards). Students who submitted PSAs for final judging are presented with a certificate acknowledging the accomplishment of their creative endeavor and congratulating them for being a finalist.


Trophies are awarded by judges, celebrities, and civic leaders in the following categories:


Technical Awards

1. Script Originality/Creativity

2. Cinematography

3. Make-up

4. Acting

5. Post-Special Effects/Graphics

6. Editing


Best PSA Awards

1. Best Distracted Driving PSA

2. Best Driving Under The Influence PSA

3. Best Cycling Safety PSA

4. Best Pedestrian Safety PSA

5. Best Safe Driving PSA

6. Funniest PSA (optional)

7. Scariest PSA (optional)

8. Best Animated PSA (optional)


Grand Prize Awards

1. Best Overall PSA Bronze Winner

2. Best Overall PSA Silver Winner

3. Best Overall PSA Gold Winner


The Grand Prize-winning teams, including the sponsoring teacher, are acknowledged with a special trophy, grants awarded to each school art department, and their PSA is submitted to the Burbank International Film Festival. 



All PSAs must meet the following criteria:

1. First and foremost, be creative! Your imagination is the limit on how you portray your chosen topic. Including, but not limited to, news-style reporting, acting out a specific scenario, scenic without actors, animated, etc. 
2. The topic is chosen from SAFE’s provided list or specially approved during registration (there is a section for this). The treatment must then be approved as part of registration.
3. Students are put into groups by their teachers and compete in that one group. Each student may contribute in any way they can: whether through scriptwriting, editing, acting, or other function. It takes a team!
4. Your PSA may not contain language or content that would prohibit it from being aired on national television. 
5. PSAs must be non-discriminatory. They may not portray any particular ethnicity, gender orientation, or religion in a negative light. Be kind and inclusive in your creations. 
6. PSAs are to be 30 seconds (or slightly shorter) in length, including a 4-5 second closing graphic with a SAFE logo and acknowledgment to program sponsors (provided by SAFE).
7. The word "accident" is not the language used in reference to traffic incidents. It makes them sound “inevitable” and, by implication, not preventable when in fact, they are. Instead, the neutral terms "collision" or "crash” should be used.  
8. In making your PSA, the laws of your area must be followed and no lives endangered. This would include no speeding, using a seatbelt, and other such regulations. Use your imagination and artistry to portray traffic violations without breaking them yourself. Keep your creative team and your fellows safe. (Any PSA that violates this will be automatically disqualified)
9. Follow local laws and regulations concerning COVID-19 safety precautions - including social distancing, mask use, hand washing, and so forth.
Suggested Topics

SAFE’s list of recommended  PSA topics include:

  1. Drunk driving -- under-aged or adult drinking and driving
  2. Drugged driving -- driving while using recreational drugs like pot
  3. Drugged driving -- driving while on prescription medications like painkillers
  4. Distracted driving -- texting and driving 
  5. Distracted driving -- doing other things (eating, putting on makeup, adjusting the radio, watching a map, watching videos, playing games, etc.) while driving.
  6. Distracted driving -- driving tired
  7. Traffic laws -- pedestrian laws
  8. Traffic laws -- bicycling, e-scooter, skateboard laws
  9. Traffic laws -- driving laws
  10. Traffic laws -- seat belt worn, child car seat safety
  11. Defensive techniques -- for drivers
  12. Defensive techniques -- for bicyclists, e-scooter, skateboarders
  13. Defensive techniques -- for pedestrians
  14. Speeding -- speed and pedestrian, bicycle, or e-scooter fatalities
  15. Speeding -- street racing
  16. Safety -- for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, e-scooters, etc.
  17. Safety -- for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, e-scooters: wearing a helmet, reflective clothing, or using lights as applicable.
  18. Safe driving -- in the rain, heavy winds, or snow
  19. Safe driving -- near parks, schools, or around road work
  20. Safe driving -- road rage
  21. Safe roads-- how roads designed for walking, riding, and shared transit helps the environment
  22. Safe roads -- how roads can be designed safer for all road users (including pedestrians, cyclists, cars, etc.). 


Students are also free to propose their own topics! (see Registration Form for details).


September 28, 2021: Registration opens
November 2021: Mentoring submissions open (Scripts, Storyboards, and Rough Edits)
November 2021: Student opportunities open for reservations
December 2021/January 2022: Registration closes
February 25, 2022: Mentoring submission deadline
April 1, 2022: Final submission deadline
Mid-May 2022: Streets, Art, SAFE Awards Ceremony (Location and Date TBD)


Questions?: ;or (844) 884-7233, ext. 804