Stop Motion Video Contest

2021 Stop Motion Video Contest

The contest is closed. Winners will be announced soon. Prizes will be awarded in two age categories: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.

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.

The Rules

Submission Information

  1. Videos may be created and submitted by individuals or groups.
  2. A teen may submit up to 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 here on this page when judging is complete.
  5. Any submitted video may be shown or used for promotional purposes by Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Questions? Please email Sarah Hutchinson at

Looking for help or inspiration?

Check out these helpful resources to create your winning stop motion video.

Stop Motion Animation Resources

Stop-Motion Animation: A Brief History

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

Stop Motion Animation Inspiration

Submit your original stop motion animation video October 1-15, 2021! Get inspired by these stop motion movies and instructional videos.
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