Video Essay Contest

2017 MLK Essay Contest:  VIDEO ESSAY Guidelines

 Student eligibility

  • Participants must be current Virginia Commonwealth University students, enrolled in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters
  • Only one submission per student
  • Individual submissions only, although students may solicit friends to help with their project

Guidelines for video essay submissions

  • All entries require an essay and cover sheet
  • Cover sheets must include name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Video essays should be copied to CD or DVD, with a cover sheet as a separate Microsoft Word document on the same disk and delivered to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University Student Commons, Suite 215. Please DO NOT send videos as attachments; videos sent as attachments will be disqualified. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on December 16, 2016. Submissions will not be returned.

Rules and technical requirements for video production

  • Video essays are expected to be your original work
  • Recommended length of video is 120-180 seconds; minimum is 120 seconds; maximum is 180 seconds
  • Credits should be kept to a minimum: no more than 10 seconds
  • Upon request, winning submissions must be accompanied by a Microsoft Word document to accommodate closed captioning

 Guidelines for video essay eligibility

  • Professional (paid) assistance at any stage of the process is prohibited; using professional assistance is grounds for disqualification from the contest
  • Video essays should only contain your original work
  • Videos may not contain material that infringes another’s copyright or licensing rights or otherwise infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights
  • Any person(s) appearing in your video (including but not limited to persons videotaped, quoted, or recorded) must provide consent

 Guidelines for video essay judging

Video essays will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Providing an answer(s) to the MLK Essay Contest prompt
  • Clarity of message or theme
  • Originality of work
  • Creativity
  • Clarity and quality of sound, lighting, and editing

The video essay contest is designed in support of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration through the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the 2017 MLK Planning Committee.

Winners will be announced at the MLK Community Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. 


 

2017 Video Essay Contest Prompt
Reflect on Yesterday. Experience Today. Transform Tomorrow.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. espoused social justice, non-violence, human rights, and service. He dreamed of an equitable society wherein all people are treated with dignity and respect. His philosophy that individuals should not be judged by the color of their skin, sex, and sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or class but be judged by the content of their character is still relevant today.

The 2017 MLK Planning Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, invites Virginia Commonwealth University students to submit a video essay that draws on their experience to respond to the following:

Essay Criteria: Each applicant must produce a creative and organized essay. The essay must illustrate how King’s philosophy, as stated above, helped to shape you as a person and the ways you have incorporated King’s ideals in your daily life, educational goals and future aspirations. You may want to discuss difficult circumstances that have impacted your ability to pursue a postsecondary education and how you overcame such obstacles. The committee is interested in experiences that have motivated you to work on behalf of human rights as well as your efforts in service to the community.

Length:

120-180 seconds

Eligibility:

All current Virginia Commonwealth University students

Prizes:

1st place - $200.00 value

2nd place - $150.00 value

3rd place - $100.00 value

Deadline:

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 by 5 p.m.


All entries, require an essay and a cover sheet.
Submissions:

  1. Cover sheets must include name, address, phone number, and e-mail addresses.
  2. Files: Video essays should be copied to CD or DVD, with a cover sheet as a separate Microsoft Word document on the same disk and delivered to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University Student Commons, Suite 215. Please DO NOT send videos as attachments; videos sent as attachments will be disqualified. Please see above for detailed submissions guidelines.

Prizes will be distributed at the MLK Community Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.