Rules and Guidelines

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Participants (max: 3) may work together in groups or submit entries as individuals.
  2. The length of the video should not exceed 60 seconds (one minute), not including the 10-second title screen (see #4).
  3. All entries should begin with a 10-second full-screen “title screen” that includes the following information: lead producer’s name, school/organization name, school/organization location (city and state), and the title of the video.
  4. All information presented in the video must be properly cited, giving credit to the original source. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, a list of your sources must be submitted.
  5. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.
  6. Each video must have one Lead Producer to serve as the main point of contact. Recognition and prizes will be given to the lead producer and all those listed as co-producers on the entry form.
  7. All entries must be submitted in digital format.
  8. All videos should be uploaded to your Google Drive and shared with ELTC at
  9. No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.
  10. No professional assistance is allowed. Professors may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. All portions of the online entry form must be completed when you upload your video for it to be eligible.
  11. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST you must submit a signed/completed Actor Release Form for each person appearing in your video. (An actor release form is a legal agreement between you and people who are interviewed or serve as actors in your video. Without a signed actor release form, you do not have the right to use an interviewer's or actor’s image, voice, or performance. Without those rights, you can't sell or distribute the video. Forms can be scanned/emailed to
  12. Content must comply with all local and national laws of the country of origin and the United States.Content must not:
    a. Promote illegal behavior;
    b. Support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice;
    c. Advocate sexual or violent exploitation;
    d. Violate rights established by law or agreement;
    e. Invade the privacy of any person;
    f. Be otherwise inappropriate as determined by English Language Training Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in its sole and conclusive determination.
  13. The judges’ decision is final.
  14. The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded FREE Online Virtual Lounge Café Program Admission if the entry wins. Either ELTC nor TAMUK will pay filmmakers no additional compensation nor be liable to the filmmaker under any circumstances.
  15. Participating students/professionals should keep at least one copy of their video. ELTC and cloud-based service providers such as Google or Youtube are not responsible for any videos that are lost, damaged, or that do not upload properly.
  16. Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the video remains with the entrant, with the following exceptions:
    a. Entrants grant English Language Training Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.
    b. Entrants also grant English Language Training Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display the entrant’s project video without further compensation or notification to the entrant.
    c. English Language Training Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville maintains the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the project for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on their official website or social media sites, at conferences, or at any other venues.
  17. By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold English Language Training Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and all English Language Training Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville employees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the contest or use/redemption of any prize.
  18. Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges.

Judging Rubric Download the Judging Rubric in PDF by clicking here.

   Guidelines (15%)
  •  Does the video follow the guidelines?
  •  Does the video run within the 60-second time limit?
  •  Is the information included in the video accurate and current?
  •  Are any copyrighted materials used in the video?
  •  Is any portion of the video inappropriate?
  •  For Finalists: Did the student complete all necessary forms (online entry form, if applied, parent permission form, and actor release forms, if needed.)
   Quality of Video (35%)
  • Does the video clearly make the connection between global population and the chosen topic?
  • Does the video reveal the national characters, cultural values, and the spirits of the people?
   Memorable/Creative (35%)
  • How well does the video draw in the viewer and keep their attention?
  • Is the video original and innovative?
   Production (15%)
  • What is the overall quality of production
  • Is the video well planned with smooth transitions and edits?
  • Is the sound expertly balanced and easy to hear?

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This page was last updated on: September 13, 2017