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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

Potential winners will be notified June 2-4, 2017. You MUST ACCEPT and REPLY to this notification by June 9, 2017, or you WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE to win.

Official 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:  Lifestyle Show, 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:

1) Register with a 2017 AHECTA SPA Release and Authorization form (available soon)
Email the completed form to spa@ahecta.org
Please note: Without this form, we cannot process your submission!

2) Visit the 2017 AHECTA SPA Welcome Announcement at YouTube (available soon; will open in a new window) and include a link to your submission as a Comment there. If you have a private video, please contact the 2016 SPA Project Leader, contact info below.

OR

Visit the 2017 AHECTA SPA Welcome Announcement at Vimeo (available soon; will open in a new window) and include a link to your submission as a Comment there. If you have a private video, please contact the 2017 SPA Project Leader, contact info below.

3) For questions about the submissions process, or if you would like to keep your video private, 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 June 2-4, 2017. Winners must confirm acceptance of their prize by June 9, 2017.


REGARDING GROUP ENTRIES:

Group entries are accepted. Each group should elect one representative (a Primary Director) to submit their video, and to submit the 2016 Participant Release 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 Form Digital Story or Music Video; or Documentary, PSA, or Lifestyles story – that best fits your entry.

 

Want to get involved or become a Sponsor?  Send us a note at spa@ahecta.org, and we’ll get back to you right away!