Student Production Information & Guidelines

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The 2017 AHECTA Student Production Awards (SPAs) – Information and Guidelines

Dates and Deadlines:
Contest Commences: March 10, 2017, 12:01 AM EST
Deadline for Submissions: May 23, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Winners will be notified by email May 28-May 31, 2017. You MUST ACCEPT and REPLY to this notification by June 6, 2017. Failure to reply can result in forfeiture.

Official public announcement of winners: AHECTA Conference, Clearwater, FL. June 26-29, 2017.


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 2016-2017 academic year.

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


Categories and Guidelines

The 2017 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:  Lifestyles Feature, Documentary, or Public Service Announcement

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:

  • Register with a 2017 AHECTA SPA Release and Authorization form, available for download here.
  • Email the completed form to the 2017 SPA Chair, Mayumi Hirtzel, at hirtzel@upenn.edu.
  • Send us the URL for your video, in one of the following ways:
    1) As a comment in the 2017 AHECTA Student Production Awards Invitation video on YouTube (link opens in a new window);
    2) As a comment in the 2017 AHECTA Student Production Awards Invitation video on Vimeo (link opens in a new window);
    3) As a comment in the 2017 AHECTA Student Production Awards Invitation video on Facebook (link opens in a new window);
    4) As a link in the email when you submit your 2017 AHECTA SPA Release and Authorization form.

If you have a private video, you must send the viewing password along with your link. Private videos will not be shared.

For questions about the submissions process, contact the 2017 SPA Project Leader, Mayumi Hirtzel, at hirtzel@isc.upenn.edu.


What is/are the Prize(s)?

First Prize: News Feature or Sports Feature
 *$700 check made payable to Entrant, along with signed Award Certificate sent to the Director(s).
* Award plaque inscribed with the name of the Entrant(s), to be held by primary Entrant institution

First Prize: Original Short Form Digital Story (including film or animated short) or Music Video
* $700 check made payable to Entrant, along with signed Award Certificate sent to the Director(s).
* Award plaque inscribed with the name of the Entrant(s), to be held by primary Entrant institution

First Prize Lifestyle Show, Documentary or Public Service Announcement
* $700 check made payable to Entrant, along with signed Award Certificate sent to the Director(s).
* Award plaque inscribed with the name of the Entrant(s), to be held by primary Entrant institution

 


How are Winners Selected and Notified?

Winning entries will be selected based on:

  • Creativity
  • Technical quality
  • Content
  • Overall effectiveness of delivery

* While “highlight episodes” are accepted, submissions must be a self-contained story or episode.

The 2017 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 May 28-31, 2017. Winners must confirm acceptance of their prize by June 6, 2017. Failure to confirm acceptance may result in forfeiture.

Please note: Cash prize winners will be asked to supply their Social Security Number to AHECTA, for tax purposes.


Regarding Group Entries:

AHECTA accepts group entries (videos that list more than one Director). Each group should elect one representative (a Primary Director) to submit the video, and to submit the 2017 Release and Authorization Form. If a group entry is selected as a winner, the monetary prize award will be awarded in full to the Primary Director unless other arrangements are made during the confirmation process.

Duplicate video entries for the same or multiple categories will not be accepted. Please choose one category – News/Sports Feature; Original Short Film or Music Video; or Documentary, PSA, or Lifestyles feature – that best fits your entry.

 

Want to get involved or become a Sponsor?  Contact the 2017 Student Production Awards Chair, Mayumi Hirtzel, at hirtzel@upenn.edu.