About the FOCUS! Climate Change Secondary (Grades 8-12) Video Contest – What is It?

Students in Grades 8-12 studying at Canadian schools are invited to submit a video on the subject of Climate Change. The subject may address climate change from any perspective: social, scientific, technological, environmental, economical, architectural, and/or on the basis of indigenous or traditional knowledges.

All climate change topics are of interest. Examples might include changing water, extreme weather, melting polar ice caps, oceanic life, food scarcity, traditional relationships with nature, species diversity, energy supplies, clean technology, social impacts, changing economies, or shared solutions. The possibilities are endless. While “general” climate change is also a possible topic, often, the best films focus in on one aspect.

Students are strongly encouraged to think creatively about the climate change story they wish to tell and to think about how their story can make an impact by raising awareness, changing perspectives, or even calling viewers to action.

Our judges from last year, ask students especially to think about the difference between a recorded lecture and a captivating story. How can you imaginatively portray the story you want to tell?  Need some inspiration, check out the amazing library of student films.

What’s New From Last Year?

We’ve made a few changes from last year’s competition.  Here is a quick overview of the changes.

  • Prizes have been re-conceived to recognize a variety of film-making accomplishments
  • We’ve streamlined the judging criteria – focusing on 4 core criteria
  • We’ve changed the timelines – now with submissions due MARCH 4, 2019 and the SCREENING in MAY 2019
  • We’ve streamlined the process for submission documentation
  • We have a fantastic new Student Video Library showcasing fantastic entries from last year’s competition
  • And we’ve added a “Judges Tips” page to the Helpful Resources section of our website

Who Can Apply?

Students Enrolled in Grade 8 – Grade 12 at Canadian Schools

Students enrolled in Grade 8-12 at a Canadian school are eligible to enter original videos of up to 5 minutes in length, either as an individual or group submission.  Group submissions may be made by collectives of between 2 and 5 students, but prize money must be shared evenly among the team members.

What are the Prizes?

There are great prizes to be won.

    • $5,000 Grand Prize  + $2,500 to the school*
    • $2,500 Best Technical Realization Prize  + $2,000 to the school*
    • $2,500 Best Creativity Prize  + $2,000 to the school*
    • $2,500 Best Communication of Science / Social Impact Prize + $2,000 to the school*
    • The 4 winners (individuals or teams) will walk the red carpet with their video publicly screened in Vancouver, BC in May 2019 (Travel to the Vancouver screening by award winners is included as part of the prize package).

* The prize given to the school of each winning team/individual must be used towards art, science or library acquisitions.

What are the Rules?

There are a few rules for entering the contest.

Click here to find out the specific guidelines and rules to enter.

What Language Does the Video Have to Be In?

Videos must be produced in English or French if there is written text or spoken words. If you wish to use a language other than English or French that is allowed but you must then also include subtitles in your video in either English or French.

Note that you do not have to use written or spoken words at all. There are many creative video approaches, such as the example of collage on our website, that doesn’t require any words to tell the story.

How will Videos Be Judged?

There are four essential criteria that will be used to evaluate the films submitted to the FOCUS! Climate Change video competition:

  • Overall Creativity
  • Technical Realization
  • Quality and Delivery of Message
  • Impact and Persuasiveness

Judging will occur in three stages:

  1. Stage 1: Films will undergo an initial evaluation against the judging criteria and a sub-set will be long-listed for further consideration.
  2. Stage 2: Long-listed films will be forwarded to an international expert panel of judges for further review and the judges will make recommendations as to the top contenders for prizes by the Kimberley Foundation.
  3. Stage 3: Final award decisions will be made by the Board of Directors of the Kimberley Foundation.

The Board retains final decision-making authority and all decisions are final. The Board also reserves the right to limit the number of prizes or to not make an award if the quality of submissions is deemed insufficient to merit recognition.

I’ve Never Made a Video Before, Where Do I Begin?

We are thrilled you are interested in learning to make a video. The “Useful Resources” tab on this website has been designed just for you.

  • Step 1: Explore the websites that show climate change issues, facts, cool innovations, and organizations doing interesting work.
  • Step 2: Read the “Tips on Story Writing”, “Video Making”, and “Judges Tips” to learn how-to start making your video.
  • Step 3: Watch some of the student produced videos for different ways of approaching your story.
  • Step 4: And of course, consider working with a team of others where you can each put your ideas and talents together to make something amazing.

And most importantly, just give it a try. You’ll learn something, have fun, and who knows, maybe kickstart your future!

When and Where Do I Submit my Video?

All videos must be submitted through the FOCUS! Climate Change submission portal on the Kimberley Foundation website by no later than 4:30 pm PST on March 4, 2019.

Any Questions?

Check out our FAQ page for answers to some of the most frequent questions.

If you have any other questions, please direct them to Ms. Sue Roppel, President, Kimberley Foundation, at info@kimberley-foundation.org.   We thank you for you for your interest in the Focus ! Climate Change Video Contest.

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