Why Every Vote Matters (Video Contest)

Why Every Vote Matters. Video Contest

On May 23 teachers and high school students, and American diplomats gathered at the American Corner Bucharest to honor the winners of the student video contest “Why Every Vote Matters”.

This contest was launched on February 13, 2019 to raise awareness about civic engagement and the importance of voting. The Embassy received 76 videos from 30 high schools and colleges in Romania. The videos were judged on effectiveness in raising awareness about civic engagement and voting, on originality and creativity, and on quality by a jury composed of Americans affiliated with the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Romania.

In her opening remarks, Public Affairs Officer Merry Miller congratulated all participants and encouraged them to participate in the future in these kinds of competitions.

The top three prizes awarded by the U.S. Embassy were: GoPro video cameras, digital photo cameras, and Kindle e-readers.

The eighteen contest finalists were:

Alexandru Claudiu NASTASE – “Henri Coanda” Technical College of Aeronautics
Ana-Maria VANESCU – “Grigore Moisil” National College
Camelia Elena BARBU – “Ienachita Vacarescu” National College Targoviste
Iulia Elena STROIE – “Ienachita Vacarescu” National College Targoviste
Catinca APOSTOL – “Sf. Sava” National College
Maria CHITU-SINESCU – “Sf. Sava” National College
Corina CELEA – “Nicolae Iorga” High School
Ioan DRAGOMIR – “Nicolae Iorga” High School
Emma-Maria MONCIA – “Sf. Sava” National College
Maria Ioana JIMAN – “Sf. Sava” National College
Anahara Alexandru YUUKI – “Ion Creanga” National College
Kinno KURAUDO – “Ion Creanga” National College
Maria-Raluca OLTEANU – “Vlaicu Voda” National College Curtea de Arges
Mihail BUDAN – “Vlaicu Voda” National College Curtea de Arges
Teodora-Bianca LAZAROIU – “Vlaicu Voda” National College Curtea de Arges
Alexandra-Mihaela PARPALA – “Vlaicu Voda” National College Curtea de Arges
Vladimir TRASA – “Spiru Haret” National College
Ioan SCRIPCARIU – “Spiru Haret” National College

The three winner teams are:

First place: Alexandru Claudiu NASTASE
“Henri Coanda” Technical College of Aeronautics Bucharest, Grade: XII

Second place: Catinca APOSTOL, Maria CHITU-SINESCU
“Sf. Sava” National College Bucharest, Grade:

Third place: Vladimir TRASA, Ioan SCRIPCARIU
“Spiru Haret” National College Bucharest, Grade: XI

Why Every Vote Matters.Video Contest

As part of the campaign to increase civic responsibility for presidential elections in Romania in 2019, the U.S. Embassy launches a video competition on “WHY EVERY VOTE MATTERS” on February 13, 2019.

Working individually or in teams of no more than two people, Romanian high school students aged 16-18 are invited to create a video clip of no more than 2 minutes, on the above theme and to submit it via WeTransfer to infobuch@state.gov no later than March 20, 2019. The video submission will be in .mp4 format and will be accompanied by 2 files, in .srt format, containing the subtitles in English and in Romanian.

Participants should include their full name, e-mail address, phone number, high school, and the name of their English teacher in their submission. Children or any other family members of the U.S. Embassy employees are not permitted to participate in the competition.

A jury composed of American diplomats and Fulbright grantees will select the top three videos. Videos will be judged on effectiveness in raising awareness about the importance of voting; originality and creativity; and video quality.

The U.S. Embassy will award the top prize, a GoPro video camera, during a special ceremony in May 2019. Winners of the 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded a digital camera and an eBook reader, respectively. The three winners’ videos will be highlighted on the U.S. Embassy website and on other online platforms. All participants – students and teachers alike – will receive certificates from the U.S. Embassy to recognize their efforts.

Creating videos on “Why Every Vote Matters”

In the lead-up to the Romanian Presidential Elections, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest invites high school students aged 16-18 to participate in a video contest to raise awareness about importance of youth civic participation in Romania. In addition to prizes for the best videos, winners could have their videos featured on the Embassy’s online platforms. The theme of the contest is “Why Every Vote Matters.” We are looking for creative, catchy videos that best express the theme. Winners will be selected based on the video’s effectiveness in raising awareness about the importance of everyone voting.

Rules and Contest Details

  1. Contest Theme: “Why Every Vote Matters” – As a preparation for 2019 Romanian Presidential Elections
  2. How to Enter:
    Individuals or teams of no more than two persons produce an original video, no longer than two minutes in length, that reflects the theme of the contest, “Why Every Vote Matters.” Videos longer than two minutes will not be accepted. Videos must be the original work of the contestants and filmed in Romania. This contest is open to Romanian high school students residing in Romania. Once a video is submitted, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited, or replaced. Participation in this contest is automatically deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules. Each video submission must be an original video produced by the submitter. Only one submission per individual or team will be allowed.
  3. Video Submission:
    Videos, in .mp4 format, must be uploaded on WeTransfer and the links to the videos must be sent to infobuch@state.gov on or before midnight of March 20, 2019. Participants will submit their name, e-mail address, phone number, grade and high school, name of their English teacher, when uploading their videos on WeTransfer. Videos must be accompanied by 2 files, in .srt format, containing the subtitles in English and in Romanian.
  4. Content Requirements
    Entries cannot:

    • Contain sexually explicit or suggestive material, or inappropriate language relating ethnicity, race, gender, religious preference, professional background, age group or disability;
    • Promote or contain the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, or any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
    • Promote any particular political agenda, message, or party;
    • Defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about other people, companies, or organizations;
    • Contain any prominent use of trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others as determined by the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
    • Contain prominent copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media) as determined by the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest;
    • Contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other information identifying any person, living or dead without permission;
    • Communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest wishes to associate;
    • Depict and cannot itself be in violation of any law or otherwise;
    • Depict or otherwise identify a minor without a parent or legal guardian consent.
  5. Eligibility:
    • Contestants must be high school students in Romania aged 16-18 working in teams of no more than two persons.
    • The contest commences on February 13, 2019, and closes at 23:59 on March 20, 2019. The team submitting the video will be considered the contestant and will be the only team eligible to compete for the prizes.
    • Children of U.S. Embassy employees are not be eligible to participate in this competition.
  6. Selection of Winners and Judging Criteria:
    All videos will be screened by a panel of Americans affiliated with the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest. The criteria for judging in order of importance are:

    • Effectiveness of message;
    • Originality and creativity;
    • Video quality.
  7. Terms & Rights:
    By entering the contest, you represent and agree that:

    You have produced and submitted the video. You have received permission from any person(s) depicted in the Video (“Third Party Participant”) (if applicable) for them to appear in the video and that all elements of your entry are your original work, are not copied from any other work, and do not infringe upon the rights of any third party and to the extent any elements were created by a third party (“Third Party Participant”), you own all rights, titles and interests to said elements which is part of your Entry to enable you to grant the rights granted herein. If you appear in the video, you have submitted signed permission from your parents for your participation. If a Third Party Participant is a minor, you have secured written permission from that minor’s parent or legal guardian. You retain ownership of the Entry you submit, however, by entering you, on behalf of yourself and any Third Party Participants, grant the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest the perpetual, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use and perform throughout the world the video and Entry in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Contest Entities and Contest all without further consent from or payment to you, including those Entry(ies) which were not selected.

    By submitting your Entry, you agree that the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest has no obligation to post or publish your Entry, that all such postings or publication, if any, will be in the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest’s sole discretion and that the posting or publication of an Entry does not guarantee the Entry will be selected as a winner.By submitting an Entry, each entrant understands and grants to the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest permission for his/her Entry to be posted on the Embassy’s online platforms (e.g. Facebook, YouTube), and web pages in perpetuity throughout the world for viewing by visitors to the Websites. The U.S. Embassy, Bucharest is not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Entry. Entries will not be acknowledged and will not be received or held “in confidence” and a submission does not create a confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy between you and the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest or any of its affiliates.

    Each Entry must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of Third Parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest in the manner set forth in these Official Rules. The U.S. Embassy, Bucharest reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to them from any entrant at any time. By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she consents to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest, and to its posting on the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest or other USG web pages.

    The U.S. Embassy, Bucharest reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion. The U.S. Embassy, Bucharest is under no obligation to disclose why an Entry has been disqualified other than the Entry was ineligible under these Official Rules. Furthermore, the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest reserves the right to not award any prize if, in its sole and absolute discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries in the entry period.