STREETS, ART, SAFE -- EDUCATION IN THE ARTS
SEE ALL WINNING 2018 PSA's
COMPETITION REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
Registration will open for the 2019/2020 season in October 2019
Streets, Art, SAFE
4th Annual Film Competition
Information and Registration
OUR MISSION: The mission of the Streets, Art, SAFE Film Competition is to aim to improve the quality of life for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers alike by working to reduce traffic caused fatalities to zero.
Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE)In major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, millions of drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians share bustling thoroughfares. Unfortunately, per the LA Department of Transportation, Los Angeles is the deadliest American city in which to walk, bike or drive. 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 routine 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 almost unbelievably), he survived. In the process, he lost his right leg and gained a new mission: to prevent future traffic safety issues through education and outreach. In March 2015, he founded Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to accomplish that mission.
In the few years it has been in existence, SAFE has accomplished much. Through outreach and work with city officials, the organization helped to drop the incidence of hit-and-run crimes by 16 percent in a year (per LAPD report). It has been responsible for legislation implemented in multiple cities across the entire state of California. SAFE has also reached hundreds of millions on traffic safety issues through media, PSA billboards and direct contact.
Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are an outstanding form of outreach, especially in large, arts-focused cities like Los Angeles. In addition, they are informative and creative which makes them an excellent teaching tool for young adults.
Creativity and Change Through Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
SAFE created a contest amongst high school students to produce a PSA about traffic safety issues. The purpose of this program is two-fold:
This contest is called Streets, Art, SAFE.
Supporting Teachers and Mentoring Students
Making a PSA is no small task. This challenge is exactly what makes this competition fun and exciting! To help participating students understand the assignment, SAFE provides:
Judging CriteriaIn 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:
Awards, Prizes, Trophies and AcknowledgementsThe competition culminates in a red-carpet Streets, Art, SAFE Awards Ceremony (SAS Awards). Students who submitted PSAs for final judging are presented with a certificate acknowledging their hard work and congratulating them for being a finalist in the competition.
Winning PSAs from each of the Judging Criteria above are showcased on stage and students are awarded trophies by judges, celebrities and civic leaders.
There are three Grand Prize Winners -- Gold, Silver and Bronze -- based on the best overall scores. The student teams, including the teacher who helped to guide the students, are acknowledged with a special trophy and cash prizes awarded to each school arts department. Last year, thousands of dollars were awarded to the winning teams schools.
In addition to all of the above, there are Honorable Mention Awards for those PSAs that were in the running for a top prize and Judge's Choice Awards given by individual judges to their favorite PSAs.
PSA Guidelines and Rules
All PSAs must meet the following criteria:
Suggested TopicsSAFE’s list of recommended PSA topics include:
Students are also free to propose their own topics (see Registration Form for details).
Friday, 1 October 2018: Online registration opens
Thursday, 28 February 2019: Online registration closes, deadline extended due to LAUSD strike.
Friday, 15 February 2019: Script and storyboard submissions mentoring cutoff (suggested but not required to qualify for final submission)
Friday, 15 March 2019: Rough edit submission deadline EXTENDED.
Friday, 12 April 2019: Final submission deadline
Saturday, 18 May 2019 (subject to change): Streets, Art, SAFE Awards Ceremony at the American Film Institute in Hollywood, CA
Questions?: or (844) 884-7233, ext. 804