Fall 2012 Student Video Contest
"Why Fairfield?" is a chance for Fairfield students to tell their own Fairfield story by creating
a short, fun video to show and share their Fairfield pride.
In 3 minutes or less, the video should explain to high school students everywhere
why they should apply and enroll in Fairfield University.
Contest Requirements and Regulations
Deadline: December 13, 2012; 5 p.m.
Video Theme: Why Fairfield?
What would you tell a prospective student are the best aspects of attending Fairfield University?
- Winners will be named at an event in late April or early May, which will include screening the winning videos
- Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Video Entries - prizes award to each team member (up to three members per team):
- 1st Place Prize: $500
- 2nd Place Prize: $350
- 3rd Place Prize: $200
- Honorable mentions will also be given to "Best Actors, Best Score, Best Director" etc.
- Honorable mention prizes include Gift Certificates to the University Bookstore
The Judges and Criteria
Your videos will be judged by a committee of three Fairfield University undergraduate students, two counselors from the Undergraduate Admission office, with the director of UG Admission serving as ex-officio.
The following criteria to determine the best movie:
- Relevance to Theme - How well does the movie portray why Fairfield is a great university?
- Creativity - Be as creative as you like. Unique ideas, unconventional formats, and plot-twists are encouraged - keep us guessing.
- Innovative Use of Technology - The camera and computer should become an extension of your bodies. Flex.
- Execution - How well is the video shot? (HINT: Use a tripod!) Is the audio consistent? Mind the details.
- Editing - Creative and judicious use of various cuts, points of view, and soundtrack are essential.
- Quality of Acting Performances - If there are students in the film, how well do the actresses/actors portray the film's characters?
Other Recognitions: We will also recognize a Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editor, Best Director, Best Story, and Best Score.
Video Formats and Submission Specs
- Video should be no more than 3 minutes in length (including credits at end.)
- Video should be in H.264 format and Bitrate should not exceed 1000-1200 kbps.
- You may submit video in Quicktime .mov or Quicktime .mp4 formats ONLY.
- No Windows media or Flash files.
- Do not submit native files for either Apple or Windows - you must convert your file to a Quicktime file with the H.264 codec for viewing across computer platforms.
- Sizes can be either full High Definition (HD) dimensions (1080, 720) or less (640 - Standard Definition). It will be sized down for appropriate display purposes as needed.
- Be sure to use mp3 audio or AAC format for your video's audio track.
- Please title your files on the DVD or CD by using the following file name structure, all lowercase
A QT movie file name might look like this:
- You may add dimension or HD size information as well, such as 1280 or 1080 and append to the title abbreviated section:
- Save your file on a data CD or data DVD (not processed DVD with menus, only data DVD)
- KEEP an ORIGINAL FULL SIZED file on your own computer. It may be used in the future should your video be selected as a finalist or category winner.
- Submit your video for the contest ON OR BEFORE Thursday, December 13, 2012 by 5 p.m. to:
Tim O'Connor - UG Admission Counselor - Kelley Center
Have questions about the contest, contact Tim at: email@example.com
Contest Rules & Requirements
We want you to have fun making these videos and to have a great time filming "Why Fairfield?" while still holding to a few simple rules. These rules are in place to make sure "Why Fairfield?" is a fun and positive experience for students and audiences alike.
- As an educational institution, Fairfield recognizes the value in freedom of expression and creativity, both of which are key to the success of the program. Please remember that the finished videos will be watched by a very broad audience (including parents, prospective Fairfield University students, and just about everyone you went to high school with), and that these films will be viewable for years to come on the Fairfield University website. So, we ask you to have fun, while keeping in mind that your film reflects back the quality and integrity of Fairfield students.
- No alcohol, drugs, or other activities (either real or simulated) that are not permitted as per the Fairfield University student code of conduct, noted in the Student Handbook. Keep the profanity out too.
- Sexual innuendo or scenes that would portray a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy are not permitted.
- No violations of local, state, and/or federal law.
- Videos must not contain music or other 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.
- You are required to get the permission of anyone intentionally featured in your video. If you are filming in a public location, it's okay if random students happen to get caught in the action, as long as the scene or the shot isn't focusing the film's attention on any individual.
- Your video must be completed within the specified program timelines.
- Maximum time limit of 3 minutes per video, including credits. Videos longer than that may be returned for editing.
- The due date for video submission is non-negotiable. Anything received after the contest deadline of Thursday, December 13, 2012 by 5 p.m. will not be considered.
- Final video files are due in the DVD format outlined above in the Video Format and Specs section. Any videos turned in that are improperly formatted may be returned for reformatting.
- Fairfield University's Office of Undergraduate Admission reserves the right to reject or return for re-editing any submission that doesn't comply with the above guidelines.
- Once videos are submitted and entered into the contest, they become the property of Fairfield University.
- Video content may be edited for length, if needed for future purposes.
- Video credits will always be given to videos as shown.
Enter your video today! Download the submission form.