About the FOCUS! Climate Change Video Contest (Grades 7-12):  What is It?

Students in Grades 7-12 studying at Canadian schools are invited to submit a video or music 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 single use plastics, youth protests, water security, 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 Secondary level video competition.  Here is a quick overview of the changes.

  • The Focus! Video Competition  has been expanded to include Grade 7 students (now students in Grades 7-12 are eligible to participate)
  • MUSIC videos (original creations only) are also now eligible
  • FOCUS Video prizes have been re-conceived to recognize film creation achievement by genre
  • A fantastic Student Video Library showcasing entries from the last two years of competition has been created
  • And, we’ve added a “Judges Tips” page to the Helpful Resources section of our website for Video makers

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. Music videos must include a copy of the lyrics with their submission written in either English or French.

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 “About” 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 11:59 pm PST on April 14, 2020.

Get Inspired !

Snapshots of just a few of the amazing filmmakers and films entered into past FOCUS Video competitions. See these amazing films in full, plus many others, in the Student Films Library on this website.

Who Can Apply?

Students Enrolled in Grade 7 – Grade 12 at Canadian Schools

FOCUS Climate Change Video Contest: Students enrolled in Grade 7-12 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.

FOCUS Video Contest:

Prizes will be awarded to the best video that meets all essential four criteria (overall creativity, technical realization, quality and delivery of message, and impact and persuasiveness) in each of the following four categories:

  • One prize of $2,500 for the individual/team + $2,000 for their school for Excellence in Live Action / Narrative Fiction video making
  • One prize of $2,500 for the individual/team + $2,000 for their school for Excellence in Documentary or Public Service Announcement video making
  • One prize of $2,500 for the individual/team + $2,000 for their school for Excellence in  Animation / Stop Animation / Claymation / Hand Drawings video making
  • One prize of $2,500 for the individual/team + $2,000 for their school for Excellence in Music Video production.

* The prize given to the school of each winning team/individual must be used towards arts, sciences, climate change initiatives or resources, or library acquisitions.

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 your interest in the Focus ! Climate Change Video Contest.

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