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IPR 2014 Video Contest: How do you Understand the Theme of Solidarity?

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Awards Ceremony

April 10th, 6-7p.m.

Vincent Walter Room, Curley Hall

Come see who will win the $1000 grand prize!  The videos from the finalists are below:




Please vote for the videos you like best, either by commenting on the youtube page or on this blog page!

Contest Information:

Contest Theme

The theme for 2014 it he Catholic concept of Solidarity.  How do you understand the theme of solidarity? Create a short 2-5 minute video illustrating how you understand and demonstrate solidarity by working in support of the poor.  There are no artistic limitations to the video-you could make a Claymation presentation, a narrative story, or a documentary-just demonstrate how you understand and take action in support of the poor.

To view video’s from last year’s contest please visit IPR’s Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIyjmpcCSGmbSZxbgwkcp_TSAAidBhQEG

Note: Students must not commit copyright infringement in the submission of their videos. As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner. Do not include copyrighted music in video submissions.

One (1) Grand Prize Winner — $1,000.  (No Joke, it’s $1,000! )Additional prizes for runners-up include $250 for second and third place.

*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 21, 2014 and ends on March 24, 2014. Videos must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 24 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 CUA-IPRstaff@cua.edu.  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 2-5 minutes to be eligible for consideration.

– Videos should address the Catholic Social Teaching theme of solidarity 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! (Claymation, cartoon, etc…)

– 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 31, 2014). 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 10, 2014 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.