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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can enter the competition?

What can I win?

What should my video be about?

I have never made a video before, where do I start?

What language can I use in my entry?

Top reasons to participate

How to get started

What should I upload?

I am a teacher, can I upload multiple entries to the site?

I am a parent, can I upload multiple entries to the site?

What do I do after I upload my video? 

How will the video be judged?

When does the competition end?

How will I know if I’m a finalist or if I’ve won anything?

Who needs to register on the competition site?

Who do I contact for help?

 

 

Who can enter the competition?

The competition is open to individuals/schools/community groups(art/film/drama). You’ll have a chance to choose which one you’re entering when you submit your video. But here’s a bit more detail:

Two Age Categories:

  • 8-12 years
  • 13+ years

Individuals:

  • Enter alone or with friends (although you may have to share the prize!)
  • Must be 8 years old or older at the time you enter the competition.
  • Must be a legal resident of the Republic of Ireland.
  • Have not previously won a prize in this competition in the last 5 years.
  • Must obtain a parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate if you’re under 16.
  • You can enter as an “Individual” who represents a group. However, if you create a video, anyone appearing in the video who is under 16 years of age must provide you with their parent/guardian approval because your video will be viewable by the public.

Schools/Community Youth Groups:

  • Open to public, private, primary and secondary schools, youth drama and video schools, youth clubs and community groups within the Republic of Ireland.
  • The prize will be awarded to the individual/school/youth group named as the entrant.
  • Previous schools and youth groups that won in this competition can participate each year.
  • Competition not open to colleges, universities, or institutions beyond secondary level.

What can I win?

There is one overall winner and six category winners. That’s a total of  €8,000!

  • Overall winner will receive €2,000
    • The winning video entry can be an individual or a school or a youth group.
  • Each category winner will receive €1,000 as follows:
    • Age 8-12 winner prize for Individual category – €1,000
    • Age 8-12 winner prize for School category – €1,000
    • Age 8-12 winner prize for Group category winners – €1,000
    • Age 13+ winner prize for Individual category – €1,000
    • Age 13+ winner prize for School category – €1,000
    • Age 13+ winner prize for Group category winners – €1,000

Honourable Mentions: To be determined at the discretion of the judges

What should my video be about?

Your 2 minute video must answer this question:

 “If the internet disappeared today, what would your life be like?” 

We all rely on the internet for many things – to help us, entertain us, connect us to others and the world. Maybe we can’t imagine life without it. Maybe there are days we just want to disconnect from it. Either way, it has a big impact on the way we live and the way we see the world. But each of us uses the internet in different ways and for different reasons. We’re really interested to know more about its impact in your life; we want to know your story.

So if the internet disappeared today, what would your life be like?

Have an answer? Then grab a camera and tell us!

Be funny. Be dramatic. Be creative. Whatever you do, be real.

Create a video to answer this year’s question for a chance to win one of our great prizes. Use live action, stop action, animation, original music or none. Once your video is ready to be shared, get out there and spread your message far and wide. Promote it to your family, friends, classmates, communities and everyone you know!

Have an answer? Then tell us your story! The world needs to hear it.

I have never made a video before, where do I start?

Here are some resources to help you get started:

YoungIrishFilmMakers (supporters of the ‘What’s Your Story?’ competition) YoungIrishFilmMakers

Digital Stories – tips and advice to get started on that film

I need music and images for my video, so what’s okay to use?

Respecting copyrights and others, means that you need permission to use other people’s music, company/brand logos, images and photos. Below are some good sites that might be helpful for you.

What language can I use in my entry?

All video entries must be in the English or Irish language.

Top reasons to participate

  1. Get your film in front of an international panel of judges, including top technology companies like Twitter and Facebook.  It’s free to enter.
  2. Get seen – there are endless possibilities as to where your video could end up.
  3. Showcase your story-creation skills in a competition focused on shaping the way people use the Internet.
  4. Win thousands in cash!
  5. Be part of a really important cause.

How to get started

  1. Watch winning videos from past years.
  2. Read through the competition rules to make sure you’re eligible.
  3. Think about how you can integrate your submission into your existing personal or class work.
  4. Listen to what’s being said in the media, among your friends, and by experts about how people use the Internet. How much of this is the truth?  Are these discussions helping or hurting the cause of making the Internet a great place for everyone?
  5. Talk to your friends about the issues they see in using the Internet, social networks and technology devices.
  6. Plan out the video and make sure you address this year’s question. Videos will be judged on creativity, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  7. Decide on your promotion plan. Create your video and get the word out there – views matter in this competition.  It’s not enough to make a great film.  It’s important to be an advocate for your message too.
  8. Follow us on Facebook: TrendMicroISKF Instagram: @trendiskf_ie Twitter @TrendISKF_IE and be part of the conversation using the hashtag #WYS2020

What should I upload?

Your video must be:

  • your own original work
  • submitted in one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov or .mp4
  • a minimum of 30 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes in length
  • a maximum of 100 MB in size.
  • respectful of copyrights and of others. Make sure you have permission to use other people’s music, company logos, images, or photos. For more tips on this, check out our Resources

I am a teacher, can I upload multiple entries to the site?

Yes, you can upload a maximum of 30 entries per class.

I am a parent, can I upload multiple entries to the site?

Yes, you can upload a maximum of 3 entries.

What do I do after I upload my video or poster?

Get the word out to your friends and family!  Winning this competition includes getting people to view your video, as well as the input of the judging panel. So don’t waste time. Once your video is up on the competition site, just get the word out however you usually do. The sooner the better!

Really important: You have to be logged onto the website to comment on entries. 

How will the video be judged?

Winning videos will be selected based on number of views, as well as scores assigned by an objective, independent panel of judges scoring on:

  • Creativity: style, message delivery, Execution (50%)
  • Appropriateness: on topic/theme (25%)
  • Effectiveness: clarity of message, persuasiveness (25%)

When does the competition end?

You must submit your video by 11:59:59 PM GMT Jan 14th 2020.

People can view and comment on your video until 11:59:59 PM GMT on Jan 21st 2020.

How will I know if I’ve won anything?

You will be contacted end Jan/early February 2020 if you are a winner.

Who needs to register on the competition site?

Anyone can view videos during the competition, but if you want to enter the competition or comment on someone else’s video, you need to register on the site directly or using social login.

Who do I contact for help?

Have a question not answered here, or a comment about the website or competition? Contact us.