Youth Commercial Contest


Each year, BendFilm, Central Oregon Daily 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.

Stay tuned for 2010 contest themes and instructions.  Generally submissions are due in late April. View the details and application on the City of Bend’s website.

(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).