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What is Big Pitch?

Big Pitch Film Festival

The Big Pitch is one of Stamp Out Smoking’s youth and community activities. Designed to engage Arkansas students in tobacco prevention and cessation efforts and reduce the state’s youth smoking rates, the activity is open to public and private schools in all 75 counties. Participants in grades 9 – 12 may submit video entries and storyboards that are judged and awarded prizes at the Big Pitch Film Festival.

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Submissions start Feb. 9th

Last Year’s Winners

We were pleased to receive over 80 entries this year! Below you will find the list of winners for The 2014 Big Pitch Film Festival. The awards were bestowed at the fourth annual awards show and screening event, which was held on May 2, at the Heifer Village in Little Rock, AR. Students from all over the state were there to watch their films and cheer on their teams. Congratulations and we look forward to next year!

Below is the list of winners from each division as well as their winning video.

Beginner

First Place
Lakeside High School
Second Place
Bentonville High School
Third Place
Cave City High School

Intermediate

First Place
Springdale High School
Second Place
Valley Springs High School
Third Place
Springdale High School

Advanced

First Place
Springdale District TV
Third Place
Springdale District TV
Third Place
Cave City High School

Individual Awards

Best Actor
Caddo Hills
Best Actress
Barton Junior High School
Best Editing
Fayetteville High School
Best Representation of Topic
Bigelow High School
Best Use of Special Effects
Harrison High School
Rookie of the year
Ramay Junior High School
Best Behind-the-scenes use of social media
Harrison High School
People’s Choice
Washington Academy Theatre
To View all of this year’s submissions, please visit SOS Youtube Channel

You could win Awards!

Teachers of first-place winners in each category will receive $300 for classroom supplies.
First Place

Place

School
$1,500
for media equipment and supplies
Students
$50 Check
(One per student, up to six students)
Second Place

Place

School
$750 check
for media equipment and supplies
Students
$25 CHECK
(One per student, up to six students)
Third Place

Place

School
$375 check
for media equipment and supplies
Students
$15 CHECK
(One per student, up to six students)

For Video Entries Only

People's Choice

Students
$30 check
(One per student, up to six students)

Winners of the following categories will recieve a

$10 iTunes gift card
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Editing
  • Best Representation of Topic
  • Best Behind the Scenes Use of Social Media
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Best Use of Special Effects

Tutorials on How to Shoot a Video

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Educator Tips

It’s a fact: Kids who use tobacco are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs such as cocaine and marijuana. Here are several Tips for talking to kids about tobacco and leading them in the right direction.

Tips For...
Counselors & Teachers

TOBACCO AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PERFORMANCE

  • Cigars, cigarillos, and smokeless tobacco are NOT safe alternatives.
  • Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco can result in the following:
    • Addiction
    • Narrowing of blood vessels and heart damage
    • Reduced lung capacity and stamina
    • Shortness of breath (almost three times more often than nonsmokers)

TOBACCO AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE

  • Tobacco smoke gives hair and clothing a foul odor.
  • Tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath.
  • The use of smokeless tobacco can cause cracked lips, mouth sores, tooth loss, and bleeding in the
  • mouth. Resource: http://youtu.be/IbmDGr3AEs0
  • Surgical removal of oral cancers from tobacco use can cause serious facial scarring and distortion. Sean Marcee, a high school star athlete from Oklahoma, used smokeless tobacco and consequently died of oral cancer when he was 19 years old. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/youth/information_sheet/

DO NOT GET TRICKED BY ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS (ENDS)

  • “E-juices” used in “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS),” which include “e-cigarettes“, “personal vaporizers,” “vapes” or “hookah pens,” contain nicotine, and are extracted from tobacco leaves.
  • Nicotine is highly addictive and can negatively impact your health, including brain development. Did you know that the brain does not fully develop until age 25?
  • ENDS and E-juices are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). E-cigarettes can contain up to four times the amount of nicotine found in regular cigarettes. Higher concentrations can result in nicotine poisoning, causing nausea, vomiting, and even death.
    • Note: Ingredients often found in E-juices are only regulated by the FDA for ingestion, not inhalation.
  • Use of ENDS, along with cigarettes and other tobacco products, is illegal on Arkansas public school property, including school buses and other off-campus sanctioned school events.

IN CONCLUSION

  • Know the truth. Despite all the tobacco use on TV and in movies, video games, apps, and magazines–most teens, adults, and physically active individuals DO NOT use tobacco.
  • Make friends, participate in physical activity, be independent, and in general, get involved in extracurricular activities. You don’t need tobacco or nicotine products to be cool or have a good time.
  • Don’t waste money on tobacco or nicotine products. Spend it on video games (that don’t feature smoking), clothes, shoes, jewelry, movies, or smartphones.
  • Get involved: make your team, school, and home tobacco- and nicotine-free; learn about tobacco- and nicotine-free policies; inspire others to join efforts to prevent tobacco and nicotine use.

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Tips For...
Parents

PARENTS—HELP KEEP YOUR KIDS TOBACCO AND NICOTINE FREE

  • Kids who are around tobacco and/or nicotine may:
    • Cough and have asthma attacks more often.
    • Develop respiratory problems, leading to more sick days and medical bills, and decreased physical activity.
    • Be more likely to use alcohol and other drugs.
    • Become addicted and find it extremely hard to quit.
    • Believe that cigarillos, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are safe alternatives to cigarettes. They are NOT.
    • Be unaware that tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States, causing heart disease, lung disease, cancers, and strokes.

TAKE A STAND AT HOME—EARLY AND OFTEN

  • Despite the impact of movies, music, and TV, parents can be the GREATEST INFLUENCE in their child’s life.
  • Talk directly to your child about the risks of tobacco and nicotine use; share how the death of a friend or relative who died from a tobacco-related illness has affected you.
  • If you use tobacco/nicotine, you can still make a difference. Try to quit and lead by example. Meanwhile, do not use tobacco or ENDS in your child’s presence and do not leave these products unattended, around your child. It is illegal to purchase these products for a minor.
  • Start dialogue about tobacco and nicotine use at age five or six and continue throughout your child’s life. Many kids start using tobacco or nicotine by age 11, and many are addicted by age 14. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/ youth/information_sheet/
  • Try to determine if your child’s friends use tobacco or nicotine. Discuss ways to refuse tobacco and nicotine use.
  • Address the false glamorization of tobacco and nicotine use in magazines, movies, TV, video games, and other media.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY

  • Annually, the tobacco industry spends $107 million in Arkansas to attract new customers. Help your community counter market Big Tobacco by developing tobacco- and nicotine-free or point-of-sale policies. For more information contact Alicia.Neppl@arkansas.gov.
  • Get involved: Partner with your local tobacco prevention programs; or, call your local health department (Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program), cancer, heart, or lung association to learn how you can make a difference. Message Alice.Story@arkansas.gov to learn how you can become a Project Prevent tobacco-free coalition member.

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