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AFAF to host Air Force-wide video contest

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - The Air Force Assistance Fund is hosting an online video contest from Nov. 30 to Jan. 20, 2012, to help raise awareness for the AFAF's 2012 fundraising campaign. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - The Air Force Assistance Fund is hosting an online video contest from Nov. 30 to Jan. 20, 2012, to help raise awareness for the AFAF's 2012 fundraising campaign. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force Assistance Fund is hosting an online video contest from Nov. 30 to Jan. 20, 2012, to help raise awareness for the AFAF's 2012 fundraising campaign.

The conceptualization of the video contest originated after an AFAF installation officer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., created a comedic video in effort to educate people about the AFAF and its affiliate charities. The video grew in popularity and the idea of starting an Air Force-wide video contest blossomed.

The following are the video contest rules:

1. The contest is open to anyone. A team name must be included with each entry. Each team can only submit two videos for the 29-second or 59-second categories.
2. Contest submissions may not contain copyrighted material or inappropriate content.
3. Each video entry must be 29 or 59 seconds in length.
4. Upload video entries to YouTube and e-mail a link to the video to USAF.Fundraising@randolph.af.mil with the team's name and the statement, "All persons appearing in the video have given permission to be videotaped and for the video to be publicly displayed on YouTube." (Email must be from an ".af.mil" email address, digitally signed).
5. Video submission emails must be received by AFAF no later than Nov. 21, 2011.
6. Contest entries must include written permission from parents or guardians of children shown in the video. Attach the permission slip to your entry.
7. Video entries will be disqualified if they do not adhere to the contest rules and entry guidelines.
8. Comments to uploaded video entries will be monitored. Inappropriate comments will be removed.

Procedures and winning:

1. Videos will be re-posted to www.youtube.com/afassistancefund (YouTube channel) Nov 30, 2011.
2. Judges from AFAF and affiliate charities will choose two winners (29 and 59-second videos) based on content, cinematography, creativity and number of views. Winners will be announced on Jan. 25, 2012.
3. Winning videos will be headlined on the AFAF YouTube channel for 2012.
4. Winning videos will be played at the 9th Annual Air Force Charity Ball in Springfield, Va., on Mar. 24, 2012.
5. Winning teams will also have an Air Force Aid Society educational grant named for them in 2012.

Approved video submissions will be reposted to www.youtube.com/afassistancefund on Nov. 30.

The AFAF is an annual fund-raising effort that allows Air Force active duty members, retirees, reservists, guard members and their dependants and surviving spouses to provide help and support for others in the Air Force family.

"This campaign exemplifies the wingman concept: Airmen helping Airmen," said 1st Lt. Jason Brosseau, from the 2nd Range Operations Squadron.

The annual campaign supports four Air Force charities: the Air Force Enlisted Village Foundation, Air Force Village Foundation, Air Force Aid Society and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. Lemay Foundation. These four charities help Air Force associates with aid in emergency situations and educational needs, and provides widowers of Air Force members a secure retirement home.

"The four charities that make up the AFAF were created solely to provide support for the entire Air Force family in need," said Khairul Kabir, a former Vandenberg AFAF representative.

Traditionally, Air Force bases around the globe host the AFAF campaign for a six-week period during the base's designated campaign dates between the months of February and May.

For more information on the AFAF's affiliate charities, visit www.afassistancefund.org.