Student Production Information & Guidelines

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The 2014 AHECTA Student Production Awards (SPAs) – Information and Guidelines

Dates and Deadlines:
Contest Commences: March 10, 2014, 12:01 AM EST
Deadline for Submissions: May 23, 2014, 11:59 PM EST

Potential winners will be notified June 2-4, 2014. You MUST ACCEPT and REPLY to this notification by June 9, 2014, or you WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE to win.

Official announcement of winners: AHECTA Conference, Denver, CO. June 25-27, 2014.

Who Can Enter:
This video contest is open to all students (legal residents of the 50 United States, plus the District of Columbia) enrolled in a community college, college, or university during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Students can submit productions produced for course work, student television stations, classes, or their own original productions.

Categories and Guidelines

The 2014 SPA Categories are:

  • First Prize:  News or Sports Feature
  • First Prize:  Original Short Form Digital Story (Film or Animated Short) or Music Video
  • First Prize:  Lifestyle Show, Documentary, or Public Service Announcement
  • SPA Grand Prize

Each submission must be a complete, self-contained story or episode.

Minimum submission length is 30 seconds; maximum length is 8 minutes.

If your submission in its original form is longer than 8 minutes (such as a half-hour episode of a series), you must edit your submission to fit the guidelines listed above. “Highlight” episodes will be accepted.

The AHECTA SPA judges reserve the right to reject any submission that does not adhere to these guidelines.

How to Submit:

1) Register with a 2014 SPA Participant Release Form, which will be available shortly!
Email the completed form to
Please note: Without this form, we cannot process your submission!

2) Visit the AHECTA YouTube channel at
and upload your submission (no longer than 8 minutes) as a Video Response to the “2014 AHECTA Student Production Awards” video on our site (available March 1, 2014 – May 31, 2014).


Visit the AHECTA Vimeo page at
Upload your submission (no longer than 8 minutes), and post the link to your video as a Reply to the “2014 AHECTA Student Production Awards” video on our site (available TBA).

3) For questions about the submissions process, contact the 2014 SPA Project Leader, Mayumi Hirtzel, at

How are Winners Selected and Notified?

Winning entries will be selected based on:
Technical quality
Overall effectiveness of delivery
* Submissions must be a complete, self-contained story or episode.

The 2014 AHECTA Student Production Award judges reserve the right to reject any video that contains content that does not meet the entry requirements or judging criteria or is deemed inappropriate for the purposes of this contest.

Winners will be notified June 2-4, 2014. Winners must confirm acceptance of their prize by June 9, 2014.


Group entries will be accepted. Each group should elect one representative (a Primary Director) to submit their video to the YouTube site, and to submit the 2014 Participant Release Form.

Duplicate video entries will not be accepted.

If a group entry is selected as a winner, the monetary prize award will be awarded in full to the Primary Director.


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