This video contest with the theme “Cognitive Dissonance in Real Life” is open to all PEERS PROJECT Peer Leaders with a limit of one video entry per student or group. The video can be created by an individual student or as a group project. Prizes will be awarded winning individual or group.


Create a short video using the theme of how cognitive dissonance plays out in the real world. The video’s purpose is to show how self-justification and personal rationalizations occur in the everyday lives of adolescents. You can feature live people, photos, animation—whatever you think best conveys your message.

Technical specifications:

Video entries should be under 2 minutes in length. Video contest submissions must be uploaded to for submission. Some of the file types accepted via YOUTUBE include: .MOV, .MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV

NOTE: The video must be an original work. No copyrighted material (music, images, etc.) or trademarks (company names, logos, brands, etc.) may be used unless you own or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted or trademarked materials.


  1. All videos must be submitted electronically by March 30th. (attach link)
  2. No entry fees!
  3. A written release is required from each person who has a speaking role or is otherwise distinctly featured in the video, as well as those involved in the production of the video. This authorization assures that those involved know that the video may be shown publicly without further consent required. The release(s) must accompany the submission form and video. It must be signed by the participant(s), and if the participant/student is a minor it must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian. (attach link to release form)
  4. Video content must not promote illegal behavior; discriminate against or support invidious prejudice toward others along ethnic, racial, religious, or sexual grounds; invade the privacy of any person; support or oppose a candidate for elective office or advocate for the passage or defeat of legislation or a ballot measure; or otherwise be inappropriate as determined by The PEERS PROJECT.
  5. Judging will be by professionals in media, public relations, and education.


Prizes will be awarded at the 2016-2017 Year End Celebration:

Grand Prize

The winning video (whether individual student or group) will be the 2016.17 Year End Celebration Event and posted on The PEERS PROJECT website +$100 cash prize. The grand prize will be awarded based on overall message, use of creativity and number of views via youtube.

Creativity Prize

The winning individual or group will receive PEERS swag (hoodies, t-shirt, etc).

By entrant(s) submitting the video, it is agreed that THE PEERS PROJECT, a nonprofit organization, has the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, and display the video for any organizational purpose, without notification, consent or compensation to the entrant(s). THE PEERS PROJECT organizational purpose includes, but is not limited to, displaying the video on website, social media sites, at conferences, events, or other venues. Entrant also agrees that the releases required from participants (see “Compete” section above) have been submitted with the video entry.


Contact Joe Pickard at THE PEERS PROJECT of Indiana.