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Call for Student Videos!

March 31, 2017 | Lauren K. Ward

Still want a chance to show your film at the Earth Optimism Summit? You still can!

The Earth Optimism Student Video Competition is officially over, but we're still accepting videos to share on our social channels and exhibit in our short films showcase at the Summit. These wonderful stories of conservation success received from across the globe will help inspire people of all ages to be agents of change for a better future.

Thanks to everyone who summitted their video to our Earth Optimism Student Video Competition! We received many compelling stories from students around the world and it was a challenge to select only the three filmmakers below to receive awards:  

∞    Stephanie Gitau, “Dajopen” - Grand Prize 
∞    Sarah Byce, “Conserving Coral Reefs”
∞    Emily Miller, “The Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon"

We will screen these three and other submissions during the Earth Optimism Summit in Washington DC and at partner events in other cities and countries.  All videos also will be posted on the Earth Optimism You Tube channel for our global audience.

Rules and Guidelines 

Explanation of Video Prompt: The theme is “Conservation Success" - we are asking students to share a success story that involves them personally or highlight a story that needs to be told through a compelling two-minute video. 

Submissions may be posted on the Earth Optimism YouTube site and select videos will also be shown at the Summit. 

Video Rules and Guidelines: 
1. Videos must be the original work of the entrant. Entrants must hold the rights to any music, graphics, or stock footage used in their productions. In other words, entrants may use any graphics, footage or music that they create themselves, but entrants should NOT use music, graphics, or footage that was created by others without obtaining rights (a license) to use it.
2. The contest is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited institution. 
3. Videos must be produced and narrated in English.
4. Any factual claims or references to research must be credited.
5. Only one entrant can be named per video, although you can include other people in your video.
6. Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes, including titles and credits.
7. Videos must begin with “Earth Optimism” followed by an opening title. Display credits of those involved in the production at the end of the video.
8. Videos must not directly advertise a product, service, logo, or name of any non-profit
organization, government agency, or private company.
9. See conditions of entry below. 

Please email any questions about the video contest to EOSummitContest@si.edu

How to Submit Video Entries:Upload your video to Dropbox and send an email to EOSummitContest@si.edu and make sure to include your email address and contact information, your full name, mailing address, age, name of the school or institution you attend and program of study. We will review videos to make sure they conform to rules, then post them on the Earth Optimism Summit YouTube channel. 

Online Features:  The Smithsonian may select any video submission and request high resolution file to post on its websites or social media channels or display in a publicly accessible archive; such selections will be made in the Smithsonian’s sole discretion. 

Helpful Tips on video production: YouTube Creator Academy is a great resource for information and guidance about making videos.  Other useful whiteboard resources you may want to visit are ExplainEverything and ShowMe. 

Some examples of excellent video shorts can be found at: 
•    filmfreeway.com
•    teensdream.net

Conditions of Entry: Entrants retain rights to their videos; however, by submitting your video, you grant the Smithsonian Institution (and those authorized by the Smithsonian) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for non-profit, educational purposes.

All entrants and persons involved in the videos or production thereof hold the Sponsors and their respective regents, directors, officers, employees, emeriti, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the competition and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the competition or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

The program is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The Smithsonian reserves the right to cancel the program or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, the Smithsonian reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. The Smithsonian reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in a disruptive manner. Decisions of the Smithsonian are final and binding.

We look forward to enjoying your stories of success! 

Please email any questions about the video competition to EOSummitContest@si.edu