Savvy about Stormwater Video Contest 2018 Rules and Guidelines
We want your video to qualify for the contest, so please read the following video requirements carefully. Videos that do not meet the requirements will be disqualified. Whether or not videos meet the following requirements will be at the sole discretion of the Anoka Conservation District staff.
- Length: Your video must be between 1 minute and 6 minutes to qualify.
- Title and Words within Video: Your video must have a unique title. Do not name your video “Savvy about Stormwater.” Do not include your name or age within your video or in the video description on Youtube (we don’t want this to bias our judging).
- Message: Your video should inform and educate people about rural and/or urban stormwater runoff and the impacts it may have on our infrastructure, natural resources, and quality of life. You may choose to focus on the problems, solutions, or both! Be creative, informative, and invite behavior change. To get started, take a look at the following resources:
- Local City websites and Watershed District websites also have a wealth of information
- Language: We welcome videos in languages other than English! To ensure the judges can accurately evaluate the content, please add English subtitles to your Youtube video by following the instructions here: http://bit.ly/YoutubeSubtitles
- Appropriate Content: All videos must be rated “G” for all audiences as described by the Motion Picture Association of America here: https://www.mpaa.org/film-ratings/
- Copyright: All material should be your own. Follow Youtube’s copyright guidelines found here: http://bit.ly/YoutubeCopyrightGuidelines
- Forms: Both the Online Entry Form and the Waiver Form must be completed, signed, and submitted in order for your video to be eligible. You may submit the Waiver Form either through email, fax, or mail. If you wait until the last minute and choose to mail your Waiver Form and it is not received before the closing date of the contest, your video may still be eligible, so long as the Online Entry Form is completed on time and the Waiver Form is postmarked before the closing date of the contest and arrives prior to the end of the judging period.
- Students: Only Minnesota students in grades 7-12 or students under the age of 21 who are enrolled in college or university programs are eligible to enter. The video contest category for which your video is eligible is determined by your status at the start of the contest (March 26th 2018). Students who graduate prior to the end of this contest are eligible to enter, provided they were enrolled in school in March 26th 2018, the start of this contest. Videos must be created by students, not parents.
- Anoka County Residents: Students who reside full time in Anoka County, Minnesota and/or attend school in Anoka County are eligible to enter. If your home address is within Anoka County, but you attend school outside the county, you are still eligible. Similarly, if you reside outside Anoka County, but attend school within the county, you are still eligible.
- Ineligible: Family of ACD staff and supervisors are ineligible to enter.
- Upon submission, contestants must select the appropriate category for their video on the Online Entry Form. The same video may not be submitted to multiple categories. In addition, the same video may not be submitted under multiple names.
- Category One: Youth Individual
- Individuals enrolled in the 7th through 10th grades are eligible to enter this category.
- Category Two: Young Adult Individual
- Individuals enrolled in the 11th grade (high school juniors) and 12th grade (high school seniors) AND college or university students under the age of 21 are eligible to enter this category.
- Category Three: Groups
- Age: Groups of individuals ranging from 7th grade through college students under the age of 21 years old may enter this category. Group members may be of different ages.
- Group Size: Minimum group size for this category is 3 people. There is no maximum group size.
- Adult Facilitator: One adult over the age of 21 may help facilitate group activities, but may not help in the production of the video. This may apply to school groups, scout groups, 4H groups, etc.
- Category One: Youth Individual
- Submission Deadline:
- Monday June 4th, 2018 at 11:59pm Central Time
- Judging by Panel:
- Begin: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 12:00am Central Time
- End: Friday, June 15th, 2018 at 11:59pm Central Time
- Three Category Winners Announced and Notified:
- Late June 2018
- Winner's Ceremony:
- July 2018 – specific date and time to be coordinated with Category Winners
- Eligible Participants: All videos must be created and submitted by eligible students, described above. By submitting videos, you acknowledge that you have permission from all individuals featured in the video to be included.
- Uploading Videos: Videos must be uploaded to Youtube.com and then submitted using the video URL. Videos must be public and remain so through at least July 30th, 2018. This is to ensure the videos are available to be judged at any time throughout the judging period.
- Submission: Please complete both the Online Entry Form and the Waiver Form.
- Online Entry Form: Video links must be submitted through the Google Form here: http://bit.ly/SavvyaboutStormwaterOnlineEntryForm
- Waiver Form: Complete the “Savvy about Stormwater ACD Video Contest Waiver Form (PDF)” (remember to sign!) and choose one of the following ways to submit:
- Fax: Fax to (763) 434-2094
- Mail: Anoka Conservation District, Attn: Emily Johnson, 1318 McKay Dr. NE, Suite 300, Ham Lake, MN 55304
- Timing: Submissions will be accepted until Monday June 4th, 2018 at 11:59pm Central Time.
- Number of Submissions: Each group or individual may only submit one (1) video. Exceptions may be made for individuals who are also part of a group and submit a video to both the Groups Category as well as to an Individual Category. Remember that each video may only be submitted once and the same video cannot be submitted for two different categories.
- Eligibility Determination: ACD staff will review all submitted videos to ensure they meet the minimum video and eligibility requirements. All eligible videos will be passed on to the judging panel.
- Judging by Panel: A panel of seven (7) judges will evaluate the eligible videos based on the criteria listed below and select the winners of the three categories. The judges will only know the category to which each video belongs, but will not know the age, gender, name, or any other characteristics of the Video Director(s).
- 30% = Influence Behavior Change
- 30% = Accurate / Informative on Topic
- 30% = Memorable / Creative / Original
- 10% = Production Quality / Visual Appeal
WINNING AND PRIZES
- Prize Amounts: One video from each category will win a $300 prize. In addition, one of those videos will be selected by the ACD Board of Supervisors as the Grand Prize Winner and win an additional $300.
- Category One: Youth Individual - $300
- Category Two: Young Adult Individual - $300
- Category Three: Groups - $300
- Grand Prize: One of the category winners will be selected by the ACD Board of Supervisors as the Grand Prize Winner and win an additional $300.
- Announcing the Winners: The winners of the three categories, Youth Individual, Young Adult Individual, and Groups will be alerted via email and/or phone in late June 2018. All three winners will be invited to a Winner’s Ceremony in July 2018 (date and time to be coordinated with winners) where prize money will be awarded and the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed. All decisions are final.
- Before the Ceremony: After the three Category Winners are announced, but before the Winner’s Ceremony in July, the three winners will be asked to transfer their raw video file to ACD. This is so we may coordinate a screening of the winning videos at the Winner’s Ceremony and use the videos as described in the Waiver Form.
- Winner’s Ceremony: The date and time of the Winner’s Ceremony will be coordinated with the winners. The Ceremony will include a screening of the winning videos. In addition, the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.
- Tone: Videos that are humorous tend to keep audiences engaged and eager to learn.
- Length: Shorter videos are more likely to retain an audience from start to end.
- Solutions: Videos that are all gloom and doom, though impactful, may be less likely to inspire change than those that provide solutions.
VIDEO IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED
- Original Song or Music Video
- Time-lapse drawing
- Theatrical Performance
- Claymation or Stop-motion
- Original story
- Interview with a local Stormwater professional
HELPFUL YOUTUBE TUTORIALS
QUESTIONS AND CONDITIONS
- ACD reserves to right to reject all entries and one or more categories may have no winners.