Due to lack of submissions, the Freedom Project Video Competition has been canceled.

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Rules for The Freedom Project Video Competition

LAST UPDATED: January 23rd, 2013

Contest Period

The contest begins on January 14th, 2013 and concludes at noon (Central Time) on February 14th, 2013. All entries must be submitted by the contest deadline. Late entries will not be accepted.

Eligibility

The contest is open to all full and part-time Marquette undergraduate and graduate students.

The contest is NOT open to Marquette faculty, staff or alumni.

Individual students may only enter one video.

Contest Rules

Videos may be 3 to 5 minutes in length and should contain somewhere in the video the theme what does freedom mean to me.

The panel of judges will be using the following rubric to assess each submitted video.

All videos submitted must be free of any inappropriate language and images, sexual content or illegal activity. Blatant commercial advertising or product placement in videos is not acceptable.

Videos must also adhere to the following rules:

  1. Copyrighted Music:

    You are not permitted to include any copywritten music or performance in your film. The Raynor Memorial Libraries has a subscription to Soundzabound, a database that provides music and sound effects that are copyright compliant and royalty free for use in student/instructor projects and other school productions. Students and educators in the state of Wisconsin may download and use these MP3 audio files in creation of videos, films and DVDs, digital storytelling and other types of multimedia projects.

    You are also welcome to create your own music, but remember it must be original - copyrighted music performed by you is still copyrighted and cannot be used.


  2. Trademarks:

    You are not permitted to include any trademarks (logos, symbols, characters, etc) in your films. Please be very careful - the use of any trademark at all may legally force us to disqualify your movie and/or prevent your movie from being screened.

    We won't automatically disqualify movies that include trademarks (for instance if a laptop or phone is in your movie), but if we are contacted by the copyright holder (which is more likely to occur when a trademark is used negatively), your movie will not be screened and will be removed from competition.


  3. Other Copyrights:

    In addition to the copyright music guidelines above, you are NOT permitted to use any copyrighted material of any kind in your films. Please be very careful - the use of any copyrighted material at all may legally force us to disqualify your movie and/or prevent your movie from being screened.

    Copyrighted material includes but is not limited to film clips, television clips, audio clips, video game clips, books, magazines, etc. Even featuring just the image of an item that is copyrighted (like the cover) can violate the law so please be extremely cautious to protect yourself.

    We won't automatically disqualify movies that include copyrighted material (for instance if Spiderman is playing on a television in the background of a shot), but if we are contacted by the copyright holder (which is more likely to occur when a trademark is used negatively), your movie will not be screened and will be removed from competition.

    Contest managers will review all videos, and if any are deemed inappropriate they will be declared ineligible.

Submission Instruction:

Entrants can submit their videos via an online form starting January 22nd, 2013. The video and talent release form(s) (see section below) must be submitted by noon on February 14th, 2013.

Your movie file MUST be a QuickTime movie file (file extension .mov), regardless of which editing software you are using to edit your movie. The movie should be exported at a dimension of 1280x720. The tutorial video below will demonstrate how to export a file from iMovie '11 that can be uploaded with the online form submission.

Editing Software:

You are permitted to use any type of software to edit your movie. The Raynor Memorial Libraries Digital Media Studio has 7 iMacs with iMovie, 1 Mac with Final Cut Studio and 1 PC with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Audition 3 and Vegas Movie Studio.

In addition to the Digital Media Studio equipment, participants are encouraged to request a one on one consultation with Digital Media Studio staff regarding technical and production questions and issues.

Release Forms

Talent Release form(s) (PDF) for persons in your movie MUST be submitted via the online entry form or your movie will be withdrawn from competition.

Finalists

A panel of judges from the Marquette community will select the finalists. Finalists will be contacted via the e-mail address they submitted in the online entry form. The contest sponsor will not be responsible for failed attempts to contact the selected entrants.

Prizes

  • 1st Place Prize Package
  • Basketball autographed by men's basketball coach Buzz Williams and women's basketball coach Terri Mitchell
  • Dwyane Wade bobblehead
  • Bag of coffee from Brew Bayou
  • 10 Marcus Cinema tickets
  • VIP tickets to WMSE 11th Annual Rockabilly Chili Contest
  • Marquette baseball hat


  • 2nd Place Prize Package
  • Basketball autographed by men's basketball coach Buzz Williams and women's basketball coach Terri Mitchell
  • Terri Mitchell bobblehead
  • Bag of Alterra Coffee
  • 2 sets of Skull Candy earbuds
  • 6 Marcus Cinema tickets
  • 3 Marquette t-shirts
  • Marquette winter hat


  • 3rd Place Prize Package
  • 3 Marquette t-shirts
  • 4 Marcus Tickets
  • 2 sets of Skull Candy earbuds
  • Bag of Coffee
  • Al McGuire bobblehead

Students may submit a contest entry as a group, but it will be up to the group to divide any prize winnings among participants.

Judges

  • Steven Blackwood, Raynor Memorial Libraries
  • Tim Cigelske, Marquette Office of Marketing and Communication
  • Jenn Fishman, Department of English
  • Mark Johnson, Department of Theology
  • Nia Schudson, Raynor Memorial Libraries
  • Peter Staudenmaier, Department of History

Publication

All videos submitted, whether as a winning entry or not, may be used by Marquette University in whole or in part, royalty free, in any printed or electronic media and in promotional materials, including recruitment and online publications.

Originality

All entries must be original, unpublished and created solely by the submitting entrant(s) and not violate the intellectual property rights, copyright or right of property of any third party.

Copyrighted materials will not be accepted unless specific permission for the use of such materials can be shown.

Conduct

Marquette University reserves the right, at its discretion, to disqualify anyone found:

  • Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest or the website promoting the contest
  • Acting in violation of the Rules and Regulations
  • Acting in violation of Marquette University's Student Code of Conduct
  • Acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person

Privacy

Personal information provided by the entrant will be used by Marquette University to administer the contest, and will not be used for any other reason.