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IPR Video Contest Rules

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Deadline: March 31, 2017

Contest Information:

Contest Theme: “I am Migration” (global solidarity with migrants and refugees.)

Students, how do you understand solidarity with migrants and refugees? What does this mean to you? How do the issues of migration touch us, CUA students, faculty, and staff, our families and communities? How are we/ can we as a University and as communities of faith stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees?  Create a short 2-5 minute video illustrating your understanding of global solidarity with migrants and refugees.  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 migrants and refugees.

To view video’s from previous years’ contests please visit IPR’s Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqqPy6MkiSc&list=PL5uyxiwLTpGPynzCaS5FjfiMaVQpjtiIi

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.

*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 March 1, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2017. Videos must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2017 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 theme 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 connection with migrants was ____…,” or “The person who I think most embodies the pursuit of solidarity with migrants and refugees is ____.”

* 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 Friday, April 6, 2017). 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, 2017 live event at which time contest winners will be announced.  We will post more information on this event as the date approaches.


Featured image is by Ttarasiuk from Flickr’s Creative Commons, license can be found here.