Youth Commercial Contest

Each year, BendFilm and the City of Bend host a contest for Future Filmmakers to write and produce a professional TV commercial that will air across Central Oregon. $450 in cash prizes are given to 3 winners each every year. Students in 5th – 12th grade explore specific water pollution topics and create a 30-second public service advertisement.

2023 Video Contest!

The 2023 Student Filmmakers One Water Video Contest has been announced! The theme “My Own Front Yard: It’s A Part of the Deschutes Watershed!” is significant in teaching student filmmakers and their audiences about our local environmental ecosystem.  The theme focuses on how we plant, irrigate and manage our own yard plays an important part in conserving water and keeping pollution out of our river and groundwater.

 Learn more about the theme, guidelines, rules and general information at the 2023 Student Filmmakers One Water Video Contest webpage. Digital entry forms are available.



Grand Prize Winner: Betsy Stonich 


Division Winners:

10th -12th Grade Division – Quincey Smith, “Love Our River: A how-to guide”

7th – 9th Grader Division – Devin Barnes, “Respecting Our Rivers”


(The theme this year was reducing pollution from pet waste.)

Grand Prize Winner: Sophie Haney, “Scoop Your Poop!”
Division Winners:
9th -12th Graders – Manhattan Wood, “Puppy Pollution
5th – 8th Graders – Devin Barnes, “Bacteria In Our Water!
The People’s Choice Award: Manhattan Wood, “Puppy Pollution

(The theme this year was reducing pollution from automobile wheels.)

Grand Prize Winner:
     Bella Moon, “Clean Roads Clean Water
Division Winners:
     4th/5th – 8th: Dylan Laughery, “SOS – Save Our Seas
     9th – 12th: Megan Koblegarde, “Bend Waterworks Tire / Microplastics PSA

People’s Choice Winner:
     Megan Koblegarde, “Bend Waterworks Tire / Microplastics PSA”

All winners received prizes. As grand prize winner, Bella wins the opportunity to work with media professionals to convert her 30-second film into a professional public service announcement focusing on pollution prevention to protect our river.  We will run her short PSA at the 2020 BendFilm Festival! 


Left to Right: Grand Prize & Audience Choice-Winner Ella Schubert, Wendy Edde (City of Bend Stormwater), Todd Looby (BendFilm Executive Director),Christina Davenport (City of Bend), Grand Prize Winning co-Producer, George Plumleigh, Bend City Councilor Bruce Abernathy,  Michele O’Hara (Central Oregon Daily).






Grand Prize ($150) and People’s Choice Award ($100):
Cedar Vickery, Summit High School 

9th – 12th Grade Division Award ($100):
Colin Brown, Bend High School  

5th – 8th Grade Division Award ($100):
Ella Schubert, Pacific Crest Middle School


Check out 2015’s winning filmmaker, Mackenzie Hice, and her commercial here. In April 2017, Makenzie won an award for this commercial! (see below).