Submission Process and Rules
- What do you know about the systems and structures that make democracy work?
- What happens when those structures change?
- What checks and balances hold democracy in place?
- Think about things you’ve heard about elections: gerrymandering, voting machines, voter ID, automatic registration. That’s just a start. Do some of these weaken democracy? Could some of them strengthen it?
- Are citizens responsible for making sure democracy works? In what way?
- Do you feel confident our representative democracy is working for all of us?
- Are there changes you think would make it work better?
Second, create a video.
- Videos can be filmed in any format supported by YouTube.
- Submissions can be live action or animation. Anything that might work in a TV commercial would be considered eligible (song, straight-forward information, cartoon, dramatic portrayal, voice-over – be creative).
- Videos should be 30-seconds, since winners will be used for Public Service Announcements. Points will be deducted for every 2 seconds over or under.
- If statistics are included, they must include references – either in the script of the submission itself, or as a note added to the entry form. For example, “According to the Voter Participation Center, 51 percent of young adults between 18 and 29 are not registered to vote.”
- Any music used MUST be in the Public Domain, licensed under the Creative Commons License, or be an original musical work created by the student. In the same way, any images used (signs, posters, photos) must be in the Public Domain, licensed under the Creative Commons License or be an original graphic design created by the student. (Resources for Public Domain or Creative Commons Images: Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons US, Wellcome Images, Library of Congress, The Best Copyright-Free Photo Libraries, NOAA Ocean Images Audio: FreeSound, Archive.org – Audio Archive, Creative Commons, Stock Footage: Archive.org – Stock footage)
- Individual students or teams may submit a video. All official team members participating in the video contest must be listed on the entry form, and must submit participant release forms. Non-team members do not need to be listed on the entry form, but must also submit release forms authorizing use of their image or voice. Parental signatures are required for all participants under 18.
- Only one video may be submitted per team. Individual students may only be part of one video or team.
- The submission must be original student work.
Third, upload your video to YouTube
- Visit YouTube.com to sign in and upload your video.
- Create a unique title for your video (NOT What-Makes-Democracy-Work!)
- During the video uploading process, select “Unlisted” under “Privacy Settings.” Videos submitted without the proper privacy settings will be disqualified.
Fourth, fill out the on-line entry form
- Although groups may submit entries, one student must be listed as primary contact and is responsible for completing the online contest entry form. In the case of a winning entry, the primary contact will receive the prize and is responsible for dividing it in whatever way participants have agreed to.
- Copy and paste a link to the “unlisted” video in your email entry. Double check to make sure the link is correct!
Top Ten Finalists
- Top ten finalists will be contacted by April 2 and given ten days to submit a 2018 participant release form for everyone who participated, either as part of the creative team or as an actor in the video.
- Forms must be signed by participants and also by a parent or guardian if the participant is under 18.
- Forms must be scanned and emailed as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on April 12, 2018. All required forms must be attached to one email clearly stating the name of the original contact person, school (or homeschool) and name of video.
- Please do not attempt to fax forms through Interfax or other online fax services; only forms received as email attachments can be acknowledged or accepted.
- Incomplete or late participant release forms will disqualify entries.
Who can participate?
- Students currently enrolled in a public or private high school or home-schooled at the high school level. Contestants must be at least 13 years old, and no older than 19.
- All members of the creative team must be high school students in the state of Pennsylvania. The Contest Administrator reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any contestant.
- Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest.
Videos Must NOT:
- have been entered in other contests or won other awards.
- support, demean, or defame any political party or person.
- Include mention or performance of any copyrighted media production, including but not limited to music, films, books, television programming, etc., or identifying descriptions of any media property.
- contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to material that violates privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.
- include third party trademarks, logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, or sculptures.
- contain material that is indecent, obscene, pornographic, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, libelous, objectionable, or otherwise lacking in taste or quality in the views of the judges.
- contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual.
- contain any material that is unlawful.
- All entries become the property of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund and may be used in whole or in part at its discretion. Videos will not be returned.
- Entrants and their legal guardians convey a universal, irrevocable, and exclusive license to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, and/or broadcast the videos without payment or further consent.
- By entering the contest, all entrants agree to permit the use of their picture, name, and other personal information for publicity by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund and its designees.
- Any music or images used must be in the Public Domain, licensed under the Creative Commons License or be original musical work created by the student. Documentation of Creative Commons License or statement must be submitted with entry materials.
- By submitting the video, the entrant and the entrant’s team represent and warrant that: 1) all submitted material, including but not limited to the video and everything depicted in the video, is wholly original and does not infringe upon or otherwise violate any right of any person, firm, or entity; 2) he/she has all rights, licenses, permissions, and consents necessary to submit the video in the contest in accordance with these terms and conditions; and 3) no person/entity other than the entrant and his or her team has any right, title, interest, or arrangement to the video, including but not limited to, music publishing agreement, recording agreement, production agreement, or any similar agreement.
- By entering the contest, the entrant agrees that the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund and its designees may post his/her video, or any part thereof, on its website or other websites and submit it for television and/or other broadcast.
- The entrant agrees that the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund has the right to modify, edit, and/or adapt the video as necessary as well as to reproduce it, and/or distribute it in whole or in part, without compensation or further notice to the entrant.
- If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Contest Administrator which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Contest Administrator reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, suspend or extend the Contest and, in the event of any termination or cancellation, select winners from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the termination or cancellation.
- Prize money will be given directly to the primary contact to be divided by participants on their own terms. The Contest Administrator is not responsible for allocating prize money among individual participants.
- The contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws.
- Void where prohibited by law.
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