Stop Motion Video Contest

2020 Stop Motion Video Contest

CALLING ALL TEEN DIRECTORS! Submit an entry to the 2020 Stop Motion Video Contest beginning October 1.

What is Stop Motion?

Stop motion is a film making technique that makes inanimate objects appear to move on their own. This is accomplished by taking an image of a still object, moving the object a tiny bit, then taking another image. Repeat this process, play back the sequence in rapid progression, and the object appears to move fluidly across the screen.

Entries may be submitted online between October 1-15 by students in grades 6-12 living in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland, or by any teen with a CRRL library card.

Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

View the winner from 2019 below!

For inspiration, watch this video "Candy - Short Stop Motion Film" by Pilot Light.

The Rules

Submission Information

  1. Videos may be created and submitted by individuals or groups.
  2. A teen may submit no more than two videos, either as an individual or as part of a group.
  3. Contest is open to teens in grades 6-12 and living in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland, or any teen with a CRRL library card.
  4. All portions of the video must be original creations of the individual or group submitting the video.

Video Information

  1. Maximum video length is 30 seconds.
  2. Video must be in MP4 format.
  3. Video must be submitted via upload to online submission form, October 1-15. 
  4. At least 75% of video must employ stop motion animation
  5. Names of individuals or group members submitting video must NOT appear anywhere in video.
  6. Video must be appropriate for viewing by a general public audience.

Judging/Determining Winners

  1. All videos will be accepted contingent on being reviewed by submission committee. The library reserves the right to refuse any submission.
  2. Winners will be selected anonymously by a panel of judges.
  3. Winners will be selected from participants in two categories: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. For group submissions, the video will be entered into the grade category of the oldest group member.
  4. Winners will be contacted by library staff when judging is complete. Winning videos and a selection of other submissions will be posted at here on this page when judging is complete.

Questions? Please email Sarah Hutchinson at

Stop Motion Animation History

Stop-Motion Animation: A Brief History

Before you start on your own stop-motion film, read about the history of the art form.
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