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Mailing Address for Couriers:
Rice University
6100 Main Street, MS-200
Houston, TX  77005

Mailing Address for U.S.P.S.:
PO Box 1892
MS-200
Houston, TX  77251-1892

Campus Physical Location:
Rice Memorial Center
2nd Floor
Center for Civic Engagement Suite

service@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-4970
Fax: 713-348-5885

Video Contest

Theme and Suggested Topics

Sponsors

Categories and Prizes
General Contest Rules

Entry Process

Copyright Compliance and Attribution
Available Resources
Public Viewing and Announcement of Winning Entries

Important Dates


Theme and Suggested Topics:


Sponsors:

  • Fondren Library and Digital Media Center
  • Community Involvement Center
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Office of the Dean of Undergraduates
  • Wellness Center
  • Office of Student Activities
  • Office of Sustainability

Categories and Prizes:

  1. Overall Video: 
    All prizes will be awarded.  Awarding of these prizes will be based on feedback from a panel of judges.

1st Place Video $250.00
2nd Place Video $150.00
3rd Place Video $50.00
  1. Special Focus:
    Prizes may not be awarded in all Special Focus areas and are at the discretion of the sponsoring offices.  Entrants may enter multiple categories, but may only win one Special Focus prize.
Category Sponsor Prize Entry Requirements
Wellness Wellness Center $100.00 Entries in this category must educate students about a pertinent wellness issue (undergraduate or graduate)
Civic Engagement Community Involvement Center $100.00
This prize is in the form of a donation to community agency.
Entries in this category must highlight an Alternative Spring Break or other civic engagement experience.
New Residential Colleges Office of the Dean of Undergraduates $100.00 Entries in this category must focus on the opening of Duncan and/or McMurtry colleges and explore that nature of the communities that form in our residential colleges.
Sustainability Office of Sustainability $100.00 Entries in this category must focus on environmental or sustainability issues.
Student Organization Office of Student Activities $100.00 Entries in this category must focus on the activities of a registered student organization.
Academic and Research Department of Information Technology $100.00 Subject matter must be the focus of or product from a research project or academic course.
Library Fondren Library and Digital Media Center $100.00 Entries in this category must feature Fondren Library or the Digital Media Center as a setting for the film or have a focus on the library's available resources.
Audience Favorite Audience at Public Viewing
All submissions meeting the contest guidelines will be considered for this category.
$100.00 There are no specific entry requirements for this category.
  1. Prize Disbursement:
    Award winners will be announced at the public viewing on Wednesday, April 14, 7:00pm, in the Rice Media Center.
    Award winners will receive their prize by U.S. mail within two weeks of their submission of paperwork required for payment. This will be distributed to winners at the public viewing.

General Contest Rules:

  • Videos must be under 5 minutes.  Those exceeding this time restriction will neither be viewed by the judges nor shown at the Public Viewing.
  • Videos must be in compliance with U.S. copyright law.  Since these videos will be seen outside the classroom and used in promotional materials for university programs and services, the typical exceptions made for an educational setting do not necessarily apply.
  • Videos must be in compliance with the Code of Student Conduct, all university policies, and local, state, and federal law.
  • Videos must be produced primarily by Rice University graduate or undergraduate students, but faculty and staff are welcome to participate in a supporting capacity.
  • Videos must be submitted on a authored DVD, using a .avi or .mov (uncompressed QuickTime) file format.
  • Videos must contain an acknowledgment of those contributing to the film's creation (i.e. editor and camera operator)
  • Videos must use the Creative Commons attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which says that other people can copy, distribute, display, and perform your video, so long as they give you credit. More information is available below and on the Creative Commons web site.  For more information on Creative Commons, see the "Release and Legal Requirements" section below.

Entry Process:

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  5:00pm on Friday, March 26, 2010
     
  • In order for a submission to be considered complete and on time, all of the following must be completed before the submission deadline:
    • Entry Form - Complete and submit electronically
    • DVD - Submit film in .avi or .mov format on a DVD to the Digital Media Center (Herring Hall)
    • Rice Media Publication Agreement - Complete and submit with DVD to the Digital Media Center (Herring Hall)

Copyright Compliance and Attribution:

  • Guidance on Copyright Law
    • Copyright protection for creative works is balanced by the right to fair use, which ensures that people can use portions of copyrighted works for criticism, commentary, or parody.
      For guidance on fair use, see the Future of Public Media's "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video" (http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/resources/publications/fair_use_in_online_video).
    • If you want to include music in your movie, consider:
      • Using copyright-free music, which you can find by searching Penn State's Free Media Resources list at http://digitalcommons.psu.edu/freemedia;
      • Creating your own music using an easy-to-use application such as GarageBand (available in the Digital Media Center); or
      • Working with student musicians.

  • Creative Commons License Resources
    • This contest requires that all entries use the Creative Commons attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which says that other people can copy, distribute, display, and perform your video, so long as they give you credit.
    • Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org) aims to make "it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright."
    • For more information on Creative Commons licenses or their use, contact Lisa Spiro (lspiro@rice.edu) in the Digital Media Center.

Available Resources:

  • Classes with Digital Media Center

    • Learn how to tell your story and make or edit a digital movie!
    • To register or for more information, visit http://library.rice.edu/services/dmc/services/short-courses, e-mail dmc-info@rice.edu, or call 713-348-3635.
      • Courses include:
        • 102 - Video Editing using Final Cut Pro - Intro
          Session I: Thursday, September 3, 1:00-4:00pm
          Session II: Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-9:00pm
        • 202 - Video Editing using Final Cut Pro - Intermediate
          Session I: Thursday, September 10, 1:00-4:00pm
          Session II: Wednesday, September 23, 6:00-9:00pm
        • 103 - DVD Authoring using DVD Studio Pro - Intro
          Session I: Wednesday, September 16, 1:00-3:00pm
          Session II: Wednesday, October 9, 6:00-9:00pm
        • 104 -  Introduction to Podcasting
          Wednesday, September 30, 1:00-3:00pm
        • 105 - Choosing and Using Digital Cameras
          Tuesday, October 6, 1:30-3:00pm
        • 106 - Crash Course on Video Cameras
          Wednesday, October 14, 1:30-3:00pm
        • 107 - Recording High Quality Audio Using Portable Devices
          Tuesday, October 20, 1:30-3:00pm
        • 109 - Introduction to Flash
          Session I: Monday, September 21, 1:00-3:00pm
          Session II: Wednesday, October 28, 1:00-3:00pm

    • Unless otherwise noted, the courses will be held in the Digital Media Center, Herring 129.
    • If you can't make a class but want to learn more about producing or using multimedia, check out the DMC's on-line guides at http://library.rice.edu/services/digital_media_center/online_guides or drop by Herring 129.

  • Classes with Fondren Library
    • "Historical Treasures of Woodson"
      • Date/time/location to be announced

Public Viewing and Announcement of Winners:

  • The Public Viewing, voting on Audience Favorite, and announcement of winners is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 7:00pm, in the Rice Media Center (located near Entrance 8 at Stockton/University).

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 3:00-4:45pm - Digital Media Center (Herring Hall)
    Video Contest Kick-Off and Digital Media Center Open House

  • Friday, March 26, 2010 - 5:00pm
    Entry Deadline

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 7:00pm - Rice Media Center
    Public Viewing and Announcement of Winners

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010
    Release of Prizes Awarded

Contact Information: