Healthy Futures of Texas has invited teens from Texas schools to share their views on sexual and reproductive health, using film as a medium. The teens will convey messages they receive from peers, adults, music, social media, movies, and television by producing short films. These films will be judged by a panel of judges, and the top films will be screened at the event in April 2024.

This year's theme: “Mental Health and Sex Ed--What's the connection?”


Healthy Futures of Texas will award cash prizes to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

The 1st place winning high school filmmaker's school/department will also receive a donation.

Healthy Futures of Texas reserves the right to award special achievement awards as well.

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This contest is intended for high school students. he videos will be shared with the greater community to raise awareness and start a dialogue about teens and sex. We are expanding and adding a college track as well. Details to follow!

• Team members must be Texas students in grades 9 – 12.

• Open to individuals and student groups.

• High school teams must have a teacher sponsor to serve as an advisor.

• Videos must be student created and edited.

• Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (in most cases, the school’s equipment) to produce this video.

• The video can be up to 2-3 minutes in length. It should not exceed 3 minutes.

• The video can be staged as a short play, commercial, news broadcast, talk show, music video, documentary, or any other format.

• The video must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.

• No profanity. If interviewees use profanity, it must be bleeped.

• The video may not use copyrighted materials from outside sources without proper citation and permission.

• The video must include credits listing the people who contributed to the making of the video and acknowledging their support, including those who wrote the script, held the camera, directed, edited, acted, and produced the video. If interviewees are filmed, they must be credited.

Entry Limits
A student may be a team member of no more than two video submissions.

Judging Criteria
This is a juried competition. The criteria is as follows: 25% for creativity; 15% for technical merit (editing and film quality); 35% for clarity of message; and 25% for responsiveness to theme.

Finalists will be announced in late March and winners will be announced at the film contest. Winners should be prepared to participate on a panel at the April 2024 film screening.

Video entries must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2024. Entry forms must be received by the same date and time.

Entry Forms
• Student Registration Form

• Media Consent Form for each person appearing in submission

Overall Rating
  • The NTARUPT Film Festival was well organized, and enjoyable. The staff was very hospitable: providing excellent accommodation for film makers. Great atmosphere to view films!

    March 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for participating!

  • Jack Jelinek

    This was an exceptionally well run festival.

    February 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. We look forward to your submission next year!