Contest winner offers 30 seconds of safety

View three versions of winning safety videos

The winning video, Stuart’s “Drive Safely"  is presented through IU Libraries Media Collections Online (MCO).  

The three top-scoring videos are all archived through here for long-term storage and access. 

  • Richard Jermain, a runner-up and Media School Ph.D. candidate, made "Share the Road, Save a Life." 
  • Srikar Devulapalli, the other second place winner and a graduate student studying Data Science at Luddy, created "Safer Together 2023."  They received $500 each. 

Prize money was provided by IU Libraries financial supporters, including IU alumni who may have worked at the libraries as students.


Eva, who has long blond hair, is against a background of green leaves. Wearing a white sweater and simple necklace, she meets the camera with a level gaze.
Eva Stuart is a student in The Media School at Indiana University.

About the contest

In the spring of 2023, IU Bloomington students were invited to create short, compelling videos using archival footage related to street safety from the Moving Image Archive. They could select clips from 30 archival films dating from 1935 to 1977 to re-edit for a public service announcement. Ten students entered. Four professionals representing the IU Libraries, Public Safety, Communications and Marketing, and Cinematic Arts judged videos for originality, quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness.  

"The project originated from discussions between Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries Diane Dallis-Comentale and Director of IU Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA) Rachael Stoeltje about the significant number of students involved in accidents from scooters, bikes, and cars," said Carmel Curtis, IULMIA's moving image curator & digital initiatives lead. 

“We saw this as an opportunity to educate,” said Curtis, contest coordinator. “We’re here for students. If they are being injured, it impacts all of us. If there’s a way we can help ensure the safety of students, then that’s important for our work.”