Stop Motion Video Contest

2022 Stop Motion Video Contest

Calling All Teen Directors!

Are you interested in making a short animated film?
Enter CRRL’s annual stop motion video contest!

Contest is open to teens in grades 6-12 and living in
Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland, or any teen with a CRRL library card.

Entries may be submitted October 1-15. Submission form will be on this page beginning October 1.

Stop Motion Animation Blog

Stop-Motion Animation: A Brief History

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

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.

Watch the video below to see the 2021 winners & honorable mentions in grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Contest Rules

Questions? Please contact Sarah Smethurst at Howell Youth Services (, opens a new window)

Video Submission & Requirements

Video must be submitted via upload to online submission form from October 1 to October 15.

Videos may be created and submitted by individuals or groups.

Names of individuals or group members submitting video must NOT appear anywhere in the video.

Contestants may submit up to two videos.

All portions of the video must be original creations.

Video must be appropriate for viewing by a general public audience.

All videos will be accepted contingent on being reviewed by a submission committee. The library reserves the right to refuse any submission.

Maximum video length: 30 seconds.

Video must be in MP4 format.

At least 75% of video must employ stop-motion animation.

Announcement of Winners

  1. Winners will be selected anonymously by a panel of judges.
  2. Winners will be selected from participants in two categories: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.
  3. 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. Winning videos and a selection of other submissions will be posted on this page.

Viewing Party

Teen Stop Motion Video Contest Viewing Party

Nov 17th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Selected entries will be screened and contest winners recognized. All ages.
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