Maegan Kasteler | Nov 28, 2018

Now Introducing RootsTech Film Fest

Have you heard the news? Introducing a brand-new video contest! RootsTech, with partner Deseret News, is hosting RootsTech Film Fest. This contest invites participants to submit a short video (under 3 minutes) centered around the conference theme Connect. Belong.

Participants can enter in 3 different categories: youth, amateur, and professional. Contestants submit their videos with a YouTube URL.     

Semi-finalists will be chosen from submissions and identified by email on January 31st. Once semi-finalists are chosen, public voting will be hosted on Each submission will have a unique URL for voting to share with friends and family.

Ten finalists will be chosen and notified by email February 15, and all 10 finalists will receive two 4-day passes to RootsTech. After that, voting will resume at the conference through the RootsTech App. Attendees at the conference will be able to view the videos in a special viewing room and prior to some sessions. In conjunction with attendee votes, a panel of expert judges will help determine the winners. A People’s Choice Award will be determined by number of votes at the conference.

Of the 10 finalists, one will be chosen as the overall winner; they could come from any category. This winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip for 2 to their ancestral homeland. Honorable mentions in each category will receive a DJI Spark drone. The People’s Choice winner will receive a Dell laptop.

To learn more about RootsTech Film Fest, submit a video, or read the official rules, visit We are excited to see what you create!

Maegan Kasteler

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