2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers…

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. 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 18.
  • You can enter as an “Individual” who represents a group. However, if you create a video, anyone appearing in the video who is under 18 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, young art 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?

7 cash prizes to be won as follows:

  • Overall winner of €2,000  (This will be awarded to either an individual or a school or group)

Category winners:

  • 8-12 years 3 winners of €1,000  (This will be awarded to an individual and a school and group)
  • 13+ years 3 winners of €1,000  (This will be awarded to an individual and a school and group)

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

What should my video be about?

This year’s theme is “If you could change one thing about your digital life, what would it be?

Share your story. The world needs to hear it. Be funny. Be dramatic. Be creative. Use live action, stop action, animation, poetry, songs, music, gaming, coding or none. Whatever you do, be real.

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

Here are some resources to help you get started:

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

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

How to copyright music how-to-copyright-a-song

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. Visit the “What’s Your Story?” site: trendmicro.ie/whatsyourstory to learn more about the competition and 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 theme. Videos will be judged on creativity, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  7. Decide on your promotion plan. Filming your video and get the word out there – views and ratings 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 and Twitter @TrendISKF_IE and be part of the conversation using the hashtag #WhatsYourStory2017

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 and rate 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, share it through social media, or just get the word out however you usually do. The sooner the better!

Really important: You have to be logged onto the website to rate and comment on entries. Only one rating per entry is permitted. 

How will the video be judged?

Winning videos will be selected based on a combination of ratings and 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 April 4th 2017.

People can view, comment and rate your video until 11:59:59 PM GMT on April 18th, 2017.

How will I know if I’ve won anything?

You will be contacted in early May 2017 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, rate 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.