Frequently Asked Questions

What can be entered?

The video projects must be new. The content of the videos must be appropriate for a general audience.

Who can enter?

Residents of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven, CT, in two Categories determined by the age of the video producers:

Category A – Ages 15 to 19 and

Category B – Ages 14 and younger.

The age of the producers will be established by their ages as of March 1, 2017.

All members of each team must reside in one of these three municipalities. The producers and members of the producing teams will be restricted to non-professionals. In other words, no team member who has worked professionally in television, cable, or online production will be allowed to assist in these productions. Employees of CTV, Frontier Communications and Comcast may not submit videos for consideration. Members of CTAC and their immediate family cannot submit videos for consideration.

How long should the video be?

The total length of each video, including credits, must be no more than 60 seconds (1 minute).

When is the deadline for applications?

Application forms must be submitted no later than Friday, December 31, 2017, 5:00 pm.

CTAC will review the applications in a timely manner and will let the team know by email within two weeks of submitting its application whether or not the team as proposed is eligible to submit an entry to the Contest.

When is the deadline for submissions?

All entries must be uploaded and notification to CTAC emailed no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 5:00 pm.

What will I be judged on?

The videos will be judged by a subcommittee of CTAC, perhaps integrating members from the community with expertise in the area of video production or other applicable experience, and will make the final determination for the awarding of the prizes according the Judging Rubric. The judges’ decision is final and there is no right to contest the results.

What are the prizes?

Category A – one (1) prize of $1000

Category B – one (1) prize of $1000

If CTAC determines that none of the videos submitted in one or both of the age categories demonstrates excellence in public service, then CTAC reserves the right not to award prizes in those age categories.

Will I receive feedback on my video entry?

Due to the number of entries, only the winning videos may receive feedback on the content of the entry.

When will winners be chosen?

Winners will be chosen by Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 5:00 pm.

When will winners be announced?

All winners will be notified directly no later than Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:00 pm. The winners with the winning videos will be posted at www.cableadvisory.org and other sites.

How many people can work on one video?

There is no limit to the number of students who can work on a video. However, the video must be entered under one name ONLY (the Lead Producer). Recognition and prizes will be given the lead producer and all those listed as co-producers on the entry form.

What forms do I need to fill out, and where should I send them?

To be eligible for one of the prizes a producer must file an online Application, and the application must be accepted by CTAC. The purpose of requiring producers to submit an application is to ensure that the rules established for eligibility have been followed. Only those people identified as team members on the application are allowed to work on the video. Non-conformance with the assertions on the application with regard to content or with regard to team members will result in disqualification of the video.

The online application asks for a brief synopsis of the proposed video. The application will provide an overview of the public service content to be addressed. It will also identify who is going to participate in the video production, the ages of the participants, their towns of residence, and the approximate length of the finished video. A small committee of CTAC Advisors will examine each of these applications for appropriateness of its content and the eligibility of the producing team with regard to which category of prize (aged 15 to 19 or age 14 and younger) is being sought.

By the stated date of submission, you will need to submit a signed Parent Permission Form and a signed Actor Release Form (for each person who appears in your video). Prizes CANNOT be awarded unless the necessary forms are received.

How many entries can I submit?

You may submit three videos. We will judge each entry individually. Keep in mind; it is better to spend more time perfecting one great video than turning in several mediocre videos.

What about my intellectual property?

The intellectual property of the videos will remain with the producers. The producers will, however, be committing themselves by submitting the videos to the Contest to allowing CTV, Comcast and Frontier Communications unlimited rights to cablecast the videos for no charge for the 12 months following the announcement of the Contest results.

In what format should I submit my project?

Videos must be in a video format that can be uploaded and played on YouTube.com.

How do I submit my video?

First, all videos must be uploaded to YouTube.com, then, CTAC notified with an email to videocontest@cableadvisory.org. The subject line of the email shall be: 2017 CTAC Video Entry. Submission emails must include a link to your video entry on YouTube.com that can be viewed by the judges. The link should be under the entrant’s account and should be categorized as unlisted. The only way to view the video should be by clicking on the link provided.

The signed Parent Permission form for each student under the age of 18 MUST be submitted with all entries as a PDF or JPG attachment to the submission email. For Group Submissions, compile and attach ALL Parent Permission and Actor Release forms to one email per video entry.

What equipment do I need?

You can use any equipment that you have. Use a still camera to make a photo montage or stop motion animation, or use a smart phone, flip camera, or video camera to make a motion picture. When you are putting your media together, there are several types of editing software that you can use. iMovie comes free on all Macs and is very easy to use. Ask your teacher if your school has access to a Mac computer lab. If you have a PC, check to see if it has Windows Movie Maker, or download it free (You may also be able to get free trials of editing software through Sony’s Vegas Products or Pinnacle Studio. However, these are a little more technical and may require some time to learn how to use.

Remember that we are judging entries based more on content than on style, and so you should not worry if you don’t have experience with these technologies. You can make a great video with even most basic equipment. See examples of past winning student videos at https://www.worldof7billion.org/archived-winners

I’ve never created a video before – can you help me organize my message?

Yes! Visit our Tips for Your Video Entry page to guide you as you start the process.

Do I need cite my sources?

Yes, all information presented in the video must be properly cited, giving credit to the original so if your video is chosen as a winner, you will be required to submit a list of all sources used, before receiving a prize.

Can I use copyrighted materials?

No copyrighted or trademarked materials (music, images, logos, t-shirts and products etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials. You may write your own music or use “stock” music that is included in some editing software. If you choose to write your own music, make sure you have the composer sign an Actor Release Form.

Can entries be disqualified?

Yes. If there is inappropriate content (obscene language, nudity, vulgar behavior, alcohol, etc.), use of copyrighted materials, problems with length, lack of appropriate forms or failure to follow these FAQs, will disqualify your entry. If you are unsure whether an item is copyrighted or inappropriate, run it by your parents or teachers. If there are still questions, just don’t use it. Better safe than sorry! Failure to follow these guidelines will also disqualify the producer from receiving a prize.

How involved can parents be?

This is a high school and middle school student contest, and therefore, students should do all of the research, writing, filming and editing. Contestants for the prize in the age group of 14 and under may receive verbal guidance from teachers and/or family members. If you want a parent or teacher to act in your film or hold the camera while you act, that is fine. However, you are the director of your video and all content should be yours alone!

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Contact videocontest@cableadvisory.org

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