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What are these “Video Challenges”, anyway? What’s the difference between the “Video Challenges” and the “Story Contests” that Global Dialogues also organizes? Who can participate in the Video Challenges? Is there an age limit? Can I send a video entry in any language? But, wait! The place where I live and the people around here don’t look anything at all like the intro film created by Global Dialogues. How can/must I ensure continuity in the story? How long can my video be? I’d like to use animation to create a video entry, or maybe video record a theater performance. Is that OK? I don’t have any video training at all, and I only have really basic equipment. Can I still participate? Can I submit more than one video entry? I submitted a video entry, but it is not appearing on the Video Challenges page. Why not? How is the winning video entry chosen? Who can comment and vote? How and when is the winner announced? Are there prizes? What do I get if my video of the next Act is selected as the winner? What is the schedule for the Video Challenges? Where can I get more information? I still have questions I want to ask. Where do I send my questions? What are these “Video Challenges”, anyway? The Video Challenges are an innovative, intercreative approach to making short YouTube films on global social issues. Here’s how it works: We produce the beginning of a short film and post it to YouTube. Then, young people across the world compete with one another by creating and uploading videos that continue and finish the story. Participants are asked to make videos that reflect their vision of a better world, helping characters in the film to find positive solutions to the problems they face. Please visit the Video Challenges playlist on our Global Dialogues YouTube Channel to watch past Video Challenge intro films and winning entries. What’s the difference between the “Video Challenges” and the “Story Contests” that Global Dialogues also organizes? Participants in the Global Dialogues Video Challenges create a video that continues and finishes a story we (Global Dialogues) start in a film of our own. These Video Challenges run year-round, without interruption. Participants in the Global Dialogues Story Contests create a narrative (most participants write short stories) in which they tell an entire story, from beginning to end. These Story Contests are held in February/March of each year. Who can participate in the Video Challenges? Is there an age limit? Participants – those who create video entries – may be from any country. You must be under 25 years old or work in a team with someone who is under 25. You may work alone or in a team with others. There is no limit to the number of team members. Anyone can comment and vote on the video entries, but first you must create a personal account at globaldialogues.org. Can I send a video entry in any language? We accept videos in English, videos in other languages that are subtitled in English, videos with no spoken words, or videos in which the spoken text is not essential to understanding the action. But, wait! The place where I live and the people around here don’t look anything at all like the intro film created by Global Dialogues. How can/must I ensure continuity in the story? We fully understand that your actors and your setting might look very different from those of the intro film. For example, the intro film might be shot with actors from Guatemala in a city, and Act 2 might be shot in an African village with local actors. That’s part of the magic of the Video Challenges, and it’s just fine! However, it might not be easy for viewers to know which character in your video corresponds to which character in the intro film. We’ve found a solution: Characters are color-coded by the way they are dressed. For example, if the leading lady in the intro film is wearing a pink shirt, then please help the viewer by making sure she’s in pink in your video entry, too. That character might go from being Guatemalan in the intro film to Nigerian or Swedish in your video, but she’ll always be our Ms. Pink, and YouTube viewers will always be able to recognize her that way. You must continue the story with your video entry, i.e., you must use the intro film as the beginning of the story. However, please note that it’s OK if your video shows actions that happen at a time or place that is different from the intro video. In cinema, skipping ahead in time is called an “ellipsis”, and it’s quite common. So: you don’t have to pick up the story at the exact place and time as the intro film finished. How long can my video be? Your video may be up to 2 minutes (120 seconds) long. Your video entry can be shorter than that, but it cannot be longer. I’d like to use animation to create a video entry, or maybe video record a theater performance. Is that OK? You may create your video entry in any format you wish. Examples include: cinema-type videos; all imaginable kinds of animation (hand-drawn, puppetry, computer-generated, Lego, clay modeling, etc.); filmed theater performances; musicals …. Please be as creative and innovative as you would like. I don’t have any video training at all, and I only have really basic equipment. Can I still participate? Absolutely! You might have noticed that many of the most popular videos on YouTube were created by complete amateurs using basic equipment – often nothing but a mobile phone. So, don’t be intimidated. Just go for it! Can I submit more than one video entry? Yes! You can send as many entries as you wish, and you can send in entries for as many different Video Challenges as you wish. I submitted a video entry, but it is not appearing on the Video Challenges page. Why not? When you submit your entry, it first goes to a Global Dialogues review board that makes sure that your video does not violate community guidelines. That review board strictly applies YouTube’s guidelines: http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines. If your video does cross the line, you will be informed of the review board’s reasoning. How is the winning video entry chosen? Who can comment and vote? Participants will have two months to create and upload their entries. Then there will be a two-week voting period. Throughout those 2½ months, people across the world will have an opportunity to comment on all of the video entries. We strongly encourage you to take an active part in those dialogues by responding quickly and politely to comments and defending your work. Commenting and voting will be open to all registered users of globaldialogues.org. To vote for a video entry, people will click the “Like” button next to the entry. People may vote for as many different entries as they wish, but they can vote only once for any single video. There is no “Dislike” button. A “Like” from someone in the participants’ country counts for one vote. A “Like” from someone in a different country counts double. All video entries that receive at least 100 “Likes” in the popular vote will go on to the next round, where Global Dialogues selection committees will determine three winners – one from each of the three Global Dialogues regions: Africa, the Americas, and Eurasia/Pacific. How and when is the winner announced? The winners will be contacted as soon as the selection committees have reached their decisions, and no later than two weeks after the end of the popular vote. They will then be introduced – by name and photo – on Global Dialogues’ social media pages, as well as on the Video Challenges web platform. Are there prizes? What do I get if my video is selected as the winner? The director of the winning video from each of the 3 Global Dialogues regions will receive US$1,000 and international visibility: Africa The Americas Eurasia/Pacific What is the schedule for the Video Challenges? The Video Challenges run year-round in three-month cycles. Where can I get more information? Please visit our Resources page for helpful links on things like creating, uploading and subtitling videos. You can get more information about the Video Challenges, and about Global Dialogues in general, by exploring our website. We would be grateful if you would please consider following us on Google+ and YouTube. I still have questions I want to ask. Where do I send my questions? We would love to hear from you. Please send us a message at [email protected] Thanks!
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