2013 Documentary Film Shorts Competition
Official Rules

The Contest is open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in an NC Campus Compact member institution during the fall of 2012.  Contestants must be at least 18 years of age.  For the list of eligible institutions visit http://bit.ly/YGp0bS. You must register to enter the competition. 

Any individual wishing to participate in the Contest must first register to participate, thereby becoming an eligible participant (“Contestant”). Registration is free and available at link below. As part of the registration process, Contestants will be required to click where indicated to signify that they accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including the decisions of the judges and the Sponsor which are final and binding in all respects.

All videos should be received no later than September 20, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.  DVDs should be in QuickTime or any similar format that is playable on computers (both PC and Mac) and regular DVD television players.  VHS, non-standard DVDs (i.e., no Blu-Ray), and other formats (mini DV, Beta, etc.) will not be accepted.Your film must showcase your original ideas and be a positive and informative statement related to the theme. The decision about what constitutes a positive and informative message is in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Mailing address:
North Carolina Campus Compact
Documentary Film Shorts Competition
2257 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244

The cost of shipping a submission to NC Campus Compact must be paid by the entrant. To obtain notification of receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. DVDs submitted will not be returned unless otherwise requested.  Do not send original or master prints.

To be eligible for entry in the Contest, entries must be submitted by 12:01 a.m. on September 20, 2013 be submitted as a DVD in SD format, and be between 5 and 15 minutes in length.  They must also meet the following criteria:

  • The film should have been created between January 1, 2013, and September 20, 2013.  Films submitted that were created prior to January 1, 2013 will be considered ineligible. 
  • By submitting an entry, Contestant warrants and represents that s/he is the sole author and copyright owner of the entry and has the permission (via license or otherwise) to use or incorporate those entry portions authored or owned by third parties, and that they have not infringed upon the intellectual property rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party. Any elements appearing in your Video, including without limitation, audio, speech/voiceovers, stills, video, supers, or other audiovisual materials (collectively, “Elements”), must be entirely original, created and performed by you or be in the public domain. Use of any Elements or other materials that are not original or in the public domain may result in disqualification of Video, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. 
  • The Contestant has obtained permission from each person who appears in the contest entry.
  • The film must not contain brand names or trademarks.
  • The film must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous, or that promotes discrimination in any form to include based on age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Only one film submission per Contestant is allowed.
  • At any time during the Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and unfettered discretion, to disqualify and remove from the Contest any video that it believes contains any inappropriate content, infringes on the rights of any third party, or otherwise does not meet any other requirements in these Official Rules. The decisions of the Sponsor on this and all matters relating to the Contest are final and binding.

While the Contestant retains ownership rights to their film, by submitting a film to this contest, the Contestant confers on NC Campus Compact an irrevocable, nonexclusive and unrestricted license to use the video for purposes consistent with the Compact’s mission to include the rights to copy, reproduce, display or distribute the film, and to make derivative works based upon the video without attribution or prior permission.Winning entries will be posted to the NC Campus Compact YouTube channel. 

NC Campus Compact is held harmless by Contestant from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, or expenses incurred by any claim against entrant involving copyright, trademark, or credits of any selected films.


Approved films will be rated by a panel of judges chosen by the Sponsor. The panel will select a grand prize winner as well as up to three finalists. The panel will consider the following criteria in judging the films:

  • Originality and Creativity
  • Incorporation of the theme
  • Quality

The films selected as finalists will be posted online.  Students who register to attend the 2013 CSNAP Student Conference will vote to select the People's Pick.  The grand prize winner and the People's Pick winner will be screened and announced during the CSNAP Conference.     


The grand prize entry will receive:

  • $250
  • A screening at the 2013 NC Campus Compact CSNAP student conference at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, November 2, 2013
  • One CSNAP conference registration ($50 value)
  • Critique of the film from the distinguished panel of judges
  • Announcement of the prize in the media 

Up to three finalists will receive:

  • Posting and viewing of their film on the NC Campus Compact Youtube channel.
  • Eligibility to be selected as the People’s Pick Awardee

People's Pick Award winner:

In addition to the items listed in the finalists category the People's Pick Awardee will receive a 

  • One CSNAP conference registration ($50 value)
  • A $50 cash award
  • A sreening at the 2013 NC Campus Compact CSNAP student conference
  • Announcement of the prize in the media 

NC Campus Compact reserves the right to eliminate a prize in any category.


Contact Leslie Garvin at lgarvin@elon.edu or 336.278.7278