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IPR Video Contest
Rules, Submission Requirements & Contest Details

Create & submit a short video of no more than 4 minutes on the topic “Videos for Justice: Today’s Youth Exploring the Common Good.” Entrants should focus upon major themes of Catholic Social Teaching in addressing this topic and creating their video.

These include:

· Life & Dignity of the Human Person
· Community & the Common Good
· Solidarity
· Rights & Responsibilities
· Preferential Option for the Poor
· Economic Justice
· Subsidiarity
· Stewardship of God’s Creation

Interesting videos will be featured on the IPR blog as they come in.

One (1) Grand Prize Winner — $1,000. Additional prizes for runners-up also may be awarded (amount TBD).

*For tax purposes, all winners will need to provide their full name, address and SSN in order to receive prize money.

The entry period begins on January 28, 2013 and ends on March 15, 2013. Videos must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 15 to be eligible for judging.

All current Catholic University students (undergraduate or graduate) are welcome to participate. Students may submit one video per person.*

*Group submissions are permitted, with the understanding that: a) any winnings must be divided amongst the group at the members’ own discretion; and b) group members may not submit additional videos on an individual basis.

Upload your video to YouTube (if you don’t have a YouTube account, you can create one for free) and send us a link from your CUA student email account.* Entries should be submitted to iprcontest@gmail.com.  Select videos will be featured on the IPR website.

*For group submissions, please be sure to copy each group member’s student email account on the entry email.


– Videos must be no longer than 4 minutes to be eligible for consideration.

– Videos should address one or more major theme of Catholic Social Teaching (listed above), in whatever manner the entrant deems most effective. Be creative!

– Entries will be judged based on creativity, relevance to the topic, and overall presentation.

-Savvy technical skills are NOT required! Entrants are free to edit their videos and/or use video equipment, but a single-take recording from a handheld device is also perfectly fine.

-Some examples of possible video entries:

* A docu-style video of you or someone else speaking about what the theme (or some element thereof) means to you — e.g., “An experience in my life that led me to a deeper consideration of solidarity was ____…,” or “The person who I think most embodies the pursuit of the common good is ____,” or “An issue that is important to upholding the life & dignity of the human person is ____, because….”

* An original song, poem, slideshow or other composition.  (***Be careful to avoid any copyright infringement of licensed work; this includes background music. See YouTube’s copyright tips here.***)

* A video tour of one or more places that you find interesting/relevant to the contest theme.

* Some other creative or interesting idea you have!

– Entrants will be able to keep the copyright to their video, but in submitting their entry they agree to allow the University a non-exclusive license to use the work for any educational or non-profit use, including posting on the IPR web page.

Finalists will be selected from all entries (to be announced no later than the week of March 25, 2013). Finalists will be required to submit hard copies of their videos (via disc or USB drive) upon selection. Please note that a finalist’s failure to submit a hard copy of the video will disqualify his or her entry from further contest participation. Once finalists have been chosen, they will be announced on the IPR website and a voting period will begin. CUA students, staff and friends are encouraged to visit the IPR blog, iprcua.com, to view finalists’ entries and vote for their favorite finalist during this time (one vote per person).

Winners will be selected from a combination of online votes (1/3 total score) and scores from a panel of judges (2/3 total score).

Finalist videos will be showcased at an April 5, 2013 live event (location and time TBA), at which time contest winners will be announced.  We will post more information on this event as the date approaches.

Additional questions? Email iprcontest@gmail.com.









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