2013 Contest Rules “Made Simple”

If you want to submit a video into the contest, you must be:

  • A legal, permanent resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia
  • Between the ages of 16-21 at the time of entry
  • Own a valid driver's license. Can't submit a video if you only have a permit.
  • A full-time student at an accredited secondary, college level or trade school (ask your advisor)

You must be able to provide proof of age and identity if requested.

If you have participated in the Teens Drive Smart Video Contest and won a scholarship, you are not eligible.

If you are the son or daughter of a Bridgestone Americas employee, then you not eligible.

Here are some details about your video:

  • The only place you can submit a video into the contest is through the contest's website, www.teensdrivesmart.com.
  • The video must be original and YOUR OWN WORK.
  • The video must be either 25 or 55 seconds. Not 59 seconds. Not 23 seconds.
  • Since it's a contest about teen driving, your video's topic must relate to automobile safety. It should be about ways to improve driver safety (wear your seat belt, don't text and drive, etc.).
The video can't:
  • Contain anything that would be subject of a copyright or infringe any ideas of someone else
  • Contain anything that is inappropriate for publication (profanity, nudity, hate speech, illegal conduct or violence)
  • Be submitted to another contest or competition, or received an award before submitting the video to this contest

Once you submit the video, there's no going back. You can't modify, edit or replace your video.

When you submit the video to the contest, Bridgestone has the right to display, reproduce, distribute, publish and create other copied works of the video anywhere.

Ready to submit a video? Here's how:

  1. Visit this website (www.teensdrivesmart.com) during the contest period (April 16 June 20).
  2. Complete an official entry form and talent release forms (each of your "actors" must sign a talent release form).
  3. Submit the forms and video as directed on the website NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM EASTERN TIME ON JUNE 20, 2013.
  4. ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.

How are the videos being judged? What happens if your video is selected as a finalist?

Qualified representatives from Bridgestone and DVL Public Relations & Advertising will judge the videos in Nashville, Tenn., on the basis of:
  • Concept/idea (25%)
  • Message effectiveness (50%)
  • Creativity (25%)

Judges will select 10 finalists, whose videos will be posted to this website (www.teensdrivesmart.com), the Facebook profile and YouTube profile.

Finalists will be notified via phone.

Public Voting & Top 10 Finalists

  • The public will be able to vote for their favorites among the top 10 videos from 12:01 AM Eastern Time on July 14, 2013, to 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 28, 2013 (P.S. Bridgestone can modify or delay public voting period if need be).
  • Public votes will determine the three finalists who will compete for the grand prize.
  • Only individuals 16 years of age or older will be allowed to vote.
  • There is a limit of one vote per person or email address.
  • If Bridgestone determines an attempt by a finalist to manipulate the votes or undermine the integrity of the voting, that finalist will be disqualified.
If there's a tie, those affected videos will be judged by qualified individuals based on:
  • Creativity (50%)
  • Idea expression in the video (50%)

Prizes and Top Three Finalists:

  • Each of the top 10 finalists will receive a set of four Bridgestone- or Firestone-brand tires. Each set have a maximum resale value of $1,000.
  • Not only will the 10 finalists receive the tires, but also have them installed at a Bridgestone Firestone dealer near the finalist's home. Installation must take place within 12 months of notification of the prize.
  • When public voting ends, qualified representatives from DVL will decide the three who received the most votes. Bridgestone and DVL will then judge the top three finalists' videos for the grand prize.
Videos will be judged on:
  • Storytelling quality (25%)
  • Production value (25%)
  • Overall appeal (50%)
Based on the scores, judges will determine the first, second and third place winners:
  • First place: $25,000 scholarship
  • Second place: $15,000 scholarship
  • Third place: $10,000 scholarship

Scholarships will be in the form of a check payable to the school the finalist is enrolled in as a full-time student.

If the scholarship winner is not in school when notified of his/her prize, the scholarship will be available for up to two years from the date of prize notification. After that time, the prize will be forfeited.

The scholarship will go towards tuition. If there is any scholarship money left after paying tuition, the remaining balance can be used for other valid school charges.

If the scholarship winner leaves school and is entitled to receive a cash refund for the scholarship payment, it's up to Bridgestone to have the payment be made to itself or an eligible school where the winner has transferred.

Prizes can't be transferred.

A prize can't be traded for money or anything else, unless Bridgestone decides to make a substitution for a prize of equal or greater value.

The winner is responsible for all taxes on the prize and any expenses not related to the acceptance and use of the prize. Each prize winner will receive a IRS Form 1099.

Winners are responsible for providing Bridgestone with documentation relating to school enrollment and/or school accreditation.

Bridgestone has the right to call the school directly.

If you win, you will be notified directly by phone or email. You will need to provide:

  • Photocopy of driver's license
  • Documentation of school enrollment
  • Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release that is completed and signed
  • Publicity Release
  • Assignment or license to Bridgestone of all ownership rights and copyright to your video
  • Consent for Bridgestone to use the video in all media uses without additional compensation
  • A Talent Release Form signed by each of your "actors" (Forms can be downloaded on the website)
  • If the required documents are not returned in a timely manner, or notification is undeliverable, the video will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected.
  • If you're a winner and under the age of 18, all documents must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

If you decide to participate in this Contest, you:

  • Agree to these Official Rules and decisions of judges.
  • Release Bridgestone and its agencies from any and all claims, liabilities, losses or damages of any kind resulting in participation in the Contest and acceptance and use of a prize.
  • (If a winner) agree to use of your name, (except where prohibited by law) likeness and location for advertising and publicity purposes by Bridgestone of its products and services promoting driving safety; AND.
  • Agree that your video is original and not someone else's idea.
  • Agree Bridgestone and its agents are not responsible for anything bad that happens video entries or mail.

Bridgestone's Rights & Laws:

  • If the integrity of the Contest is determined to be corrupted for any reason, and Bridgestone can't complete the Contest, Bridgestone reserves the right to cancel the Contest and select finalists from existing, eligible video entries that were submitted before the act causing the cancellation.
  • Notice of cancellation will be posted on the website (www.teensdrivesmart.com).
  • If Bridgestone and judges decide there aren't enough entries worthy of being a finalist, they have the right to select less than 10 finalists.
  • The Contest shall be governed by and interpreted under the internal laws of the State of Tennessee (that is, excluding choice-of-law/conflict-of-law principles) for the Contest in the United States.
  • Any legal action concerning the Contest shall be brought only in a state or federal court located in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Legal action must be made by an individual, NOT part of a class action and the participant will only be able to recover out-of-pocket costs related to participation in the Contest and waives rights to all other damages (that includes, but not limited to compensatory, incidental, consequential or punitive damages).