How Do You HoCo? Film Contest

Student filmmakers, we need to know: How Do You Hoco? Submit a short video PSA that puts the spotlight on your favorite ways to have fun, stay fit and stay active at Howard County parks and facilities. Have a mini Blandair Park baseball drama you’re itching to show the world? Want to impress us with your sick jump rope or pickleball skills? Be creative and show us what you got! Winner will receive prizes and have their masterpieces played outdoors on the big screen at Belmont Manor.

Submission Rules

1. Entries must be between 50 and 70 seconds including credits.
2. Entries must prominently feature a Howard County Recreation & Parks park or facility.
3. Entries need to feature an end title card listing Howard County Parks & Recreation and the URL 
4. Filmmakers can submit up to three unique video entries to the contest. 
5. Entries featuring profanity, drug/alcohol use, extreme violence or criminal behavior will not be considered. Keep it clean, folks.
6. Refrain from featuring popular product labels (Cover up any logos with tape, please) or using copyrighted music (Your epic lightsaber fight video can’t use the Star Wars theme but it can use a sound-alike).   
7. Email submissions to as a YouTube video link. Video description must include project title along with cast and crew credits. 
8. Submissions must be received by July 31, 2018 at 11:59 EST. 
9. This event is open to would-be directors of all ages! Contestants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian submit their video and verify consent. 


Judging and Prizes

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of Howard County Recreation & Parks employees. Winners will be selected and notified in August of 2018. Selected winner will have their video played before the outdoor movie at Belmont Manor & Historic Park on August 16.
● First Prize winner will receive three $100 gift certificates to be used for any Recreation & Parks class, camp, or trip.
● Second Prize winner will receive three $50 gift certificates to be used for any Recreation & Parks class, camp, or trip. 



Terms of Service

1. Entrant represents and warrants that the submitted entry is an original, non-published work that does not infringe the rights or intellectual property claims of any third parties. By entering the contest, contestants agree to have their submitted video displayed on the Internet without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks may display winning videos in Howard County newsletters, social posts and in future contest promotions. In the event that ownership of any video submitted to Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is contested in any manner, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will retain the discretion to disqualify and discontinue use of the video.
2. In consideration of judges' review of entries, winners who enter the contest grant permission (except where prohibited by law) to use and license their video in all media without further compensation.
3. Videos, in whole or in part, that, in Howard County’s sole judgment, are inappropriate, are noncompliant, or are in any other respect unsuitable (at the sole discretion of Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks) will not be considered.  
4. Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be substituted.
5. Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and its affiliates are not responsible for technical failures in entry transmission, or lost, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, illegible content or any damage to participants' computers relating to information about or participation in the promotion.
6. Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks reserves the right to make any changes to the rules and/or to the contest at any time.



**All video entries must be received by 11:59pm on July 30, 2018**

Please complete and email this form to with “How Do You HoCo? contest entry” in the subject line. For teams submitting multiple videos, please fill out a separate form for each entry. Incomplete submission forms may be disqualified for consideration at our discretion.

How Do You HoCo? Film Contest
Submission Form (Word document)
Submission Form (PDF)