SWT 2017 Video Contest

IMPORTANT: Due to a technical problem, all video submissions to the 2017 video contest will need to be resubmitted. New contest details are below. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

Are you a Bulgarian student participating in the 2017 Summer Work and Travel program? If so, why not compete in the 2017 U.S. Embassy-sponsored SWT Video Contest!

Share your adventures in the United States by entering the SWT2017-Live Your Dream video competition.

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the “Live Your Dream” video contest open to all 2017 SWT alumni. Enter the contest with a short (up to 120 seconds) video that highlights your adventure in the United States. You worked. You traveled. You enjoyed the summer in the U.S. Bring the passion and fun of those experiences to your video.

No Video Editing Experience? No problem!

We created a video designed to help you wow friends, family and the contest judges.  Learn tips about which shots to include, where to find music that’s ok to use, where to look for editing help, and more!

Contest Rules:

2017 SWT alumni may submit one video with the theme “Live Your Dream.”  Submissions will be accepted from November 28 to December 31. If you previously submitted a video, you must resubmit it using the new submission method detailed below in order to qualify for the contest.

In addition to being featured on the U.S. Embassy Facebook page and YouTube channel, the winning video will be used in SWT outreach and at other events across Bulgaria. In addition, the top submissions will be premiered at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia at a viewing party for friends and family of the winners.


Only participants of the 2017 SWT season may enter the contest. Participants may submit only one video project, limited to 120 seconds in length. All submissions must be your original work to which you own the rights. Submission of any video of which you are not the author will result in automatic elimination from the competition and ineligibility to participate in any future U.S. Embassy-sponsored competitions. If you set your video to music, ensure you have the rights to that music, or use open-source music.

How to Submit:

Upload your SWT video project to YouTube and send the link to SWTVideoContest2017@gmail.com. You must include your full name and date of birth, your contact information, the university where you are a student and the city and state where you worked in the United States.

The Embassy reserves the right to make the final determination on any finalists/winners based on a combination of creative factors and esthetic quality. The decision of the Embassy is final and not subject to appeal. Any unsuitable or inappropriate content will be removed from the competition, and the submitter will be ineligible to compete in this or any future competitions sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.

Promotion of this contest may be announced and promoted on various social media platforms, including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, but contest entry and administration will take place through e-mail.  Contest winners may also be announced on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other platforms; however, these platforms are not partners or sponsors of the contest.  The winner will be contacted via e-mail at the e-mail address provided when entering the competition. By submitting an entry to the competition, the submitter is guaranteeing that he or she is the owner of all rights to the video and is granting the U.S. Embassy and other U.S. government agencies full rights to reproduce the video for use in promotional materials in the future.