Get the Vote Out Video Contest

Get The Vote Out
Calling all Cal State LA Students – Create a Video to Get the Vote Out!

PRIZES*:

FIRST PLACE: $250

SECOND PLACE: $150

THIRD PLACE: $100

Plus, all winning videos will receive attributed media distribution.
*Please note that award money may be deducted from financial aid packages.
VIDEOS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 6 PM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

THE CONTEST

The American Communities Program at Cal State LA has launched a contest open to current Cal State LA students to encourage people to vote in the November 2020 election.  The videos can be submitted by an individual student or as part of a group. Please use the guidelines below to come up with a concept and then write and record a 30-second to 2-minute video.

 

THE TASK

Create and submit a video that in some way expresses the importance of voting in November. Explain why voting matters in a short (30 seconds to 2 minutes) video, designed for a platform such as YouTube, that uses entertainment, emotion, creativity, and/or humor. Videos that endorse a specific political party or candidate will not be accepted. However, videos may address specific issues relevant to you and our campus community. Videos that target groups that historically vote in lower numbers are especially encouraged. (On groups with lower voting rates, see these resources: link and link). Videos that explain California’s new system of same-day voter registration are also welcome (link here).

Entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the task, and overall impact.
 

THE REQUIREMENTS

Videos must
- Be 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length;

- Be in a compatible YouTube format with the proper codecs: WebM files, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEGPS, WMV, FLV with suggested aspect of 16:9;

- Contain no misleading or false information.
 

THE RULES

To be eligible, entrants certify that they are the sole creators and copyright owners of the submitted video or have obtained all copyrights to the video. All entrants must be current Cal State LA students.

For all videos created, please only use licensed or license-free media (images, video and audio) and record people who have agreed to be filmed. Be sure to adhere to fair use rules for any copyrighted images or music without a license, which includes images from Google Images.


Resources for license-free music:

https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

Freemusicarchive.org

https://buffer.com/library/background-music-video/

Resources for license-free images:

https://ccsearch.creativecommons.org

https://guides.library.harvard.edu/c.php?g=310751&p=2072816

https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-nc-sa-2.0/

HOW TO SUBMIT

Send a link to the video to [email protected] no later than 6 PM, September 10, 2020. In the message, also include the names of all team members involved in the production of the video and list the names of all individuals who will receive prize money if awarded.

All video submissions will be included and preserved in the University Archives, providing future researchers (students, professors, journalists, and many others) with stable access to your first-hand account of the United States 2020 presidential election. Researchers will be able to search, view, and link to your video through the library website for years to come.