- 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.
The video can't:
- 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.).
- 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.
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.
Videos will be judged on:
- 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.
Based on the scores, judges will determine the first, second and third place winners:
- Storytelling quality (25%)
- Production value (25%)
- Overall appeal (50%)
- 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.