If you go to a movie at the theater you know the obligatory video before the movie starts that tells you to silence your phones.

Usually those short videos can be pretty corny, but Emagine Entertainment wants to change things up. For the first time ever the Michigan based company is holding a contest for high school students to create a “hush” video.

“I have a lot of fun filming our policy videos now and wanted to open the experience to local high school students, giving them a chance to highlight their creativity,” said CEO Paul Glantz. “We believe in playing an active role in our community and want to get the kids involved.”

Emagine is asking for a 30 to 50 second light-hearted video that asks the audience to silence their mobile devices.

The contest is open from March 1 until April 10. The semifinalists will be announced on April 14 the community will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite video until April 24.

The winner will be announced at the Premiere Party at Emagine Royal Oak on May 10. The finalists will be able to walk the red carpet and watch their video on the big screen in the private theater.

The winning film will be played before movies at Emagine for 60 days.

There are some pretty great prizes for the winning film. Like a private movie screening for up to 50 people, season pass fro unlimited movies for two in 2017, $500 donated to a school program, and a backstage pass for four to Mojo in the Morning.

Here are some of the guidelines and rules:

  • Students must be over the age of 13 as of March 1, 2017 to be eligible for the contest.
  • The contest is open to students that live in these five counties; Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne.
  • The film must include the words “Please turn off your cell phone.”
  • The film must be G Rated; no nudity, profanity, or any explicit behaviors or topics.
  • The video may not include any unauthorized copyrighted material, which includes licensed music.

Students can submit their videos on the Emagine Facebook page or the Emagine website.

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