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.
We’ve made a few changes from last year’s competition. Here is a quick overview of the changes.
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.
There are great prizes to be won.
* The prize given to the school of each winning team/individual must be used towards art, science or library acquisitions.
There are a few rules for entering the contest.
Click here to find out the specific guidelines and rules to enter.
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.
There are four essential criteria that will be used to evaluate the films submitted to the FOCUS! Climate Change video competition:
Judging will occur in three stages:
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.
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.
And most importantly, just give it a try. You’ll learn something, have fun, and who knows, maybe kickstart your future!
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.