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AFAF video contest submissions due Jan. 31

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Air Force Assistance Fund officials reminded Airmen and YouTube fans that submissions for the AFAF 2012 fundraising campaign online video contest are due Jan. 31.

The video contest was extended to allow participants more time to complete their video entries.

"The contest is open to any individual or team and is not limited to one entry per base," said William D'Avanzo, the Air Force voting action officer and fundraising chief.

The winning video in each category will be featured on the AFAF YouTube page and played at the 9th Annual Air Force Charity Ball in Springfield, Va., Mar. 24. The AFAF will also name a 2012 Air Force Aid Society educational grant after the winning teams in recognition of their efforts, D'Avanzo said.

"Anybody can submit a video entry, and we encourage everyone who is interested to participate," he said. "Each individual or team may submit one 29-second entry and one 59-second entry."

Last year, an installation project officer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., created a humorous video to educate people on the AFAF and its affiliate charities, D'Avanzo explained. Officials at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, used the video to publicize AFAF, prompting the idea of a video contest.

D'Avanzo said he hopes the video contest will motivate Airmen and their families to get more involved in the AFAF campaign.

"Our primary goal is to increase awareness of the four affiliate charities and all they do for our Air Force family," D'Avanzo said.

Video contest rules and guidelines include:

- Videos must be about one or all of the AFAF affiliate charities, the campaign itself, or testimonials on how one of the charities helped an individual or family.

- The videos may be humorous, serious, informational or educational.

- Participation eligibility and number of video teams from each base is unlimited.

- Each person or team may submit one video in each of the two categories: 29-second and 59-second.

- The video must be posted to a YouTube channel and the video link emailed to USAF.Fundraising@randolph.af.mil no later than Jan. 31. The email must be digitally signed from an af.mil account and must contain this statement: "All persons appearing in the video have given permission to be videotaped and for the video to be publicly displayed on YouTube."

- If children are shown in the video, the email contest submission must also include a signed letter (.doc or .pdf) from the child's parent or legal guardian stating they give permission for the child to be in the video and for the video to be uploaded and posted to YouTube.

- Approved video submissions will be re-posted to http://www.youtube.com/afassistancefund upon receipt.

On Jan. 31, AFAF and affiliate charity representatives will judge the videos for content, cinematography, creativity and number of "views" on the AFAF YouTube channel. Winning videos will be announced on the AFAF YouTube channel and through public affairs channels beginning Feb. 6.

The AFAF was established as a venue to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that support the Air Force family in need, including active duty, Reserve, Guard and their dependents, retirees and surviving spouses. AFAF affiliate charities are Air Force Villages, Air Force Aid Society, General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, and Air Force Enlisted Village. These organizations provide Air Force people with aid in an emergency, educational support, and a secure retirement home for Air Force members' widows or widowers in need of financial assistance.

For more information on the AFAF's affiliate charities, visit their website at http://www.afassistancefund.org.  

(Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever contributed to this story.)