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6 Easy Steps, Competition Rules, Terms & Conditions


OUR AIM: This Competition aims to  celebrate our ability to better understand our world around us.

Your CHALLENGE: Create a short video that explains an Invention, an Experiment, a Science Concept or an idea.

NEW ENTRANTS WILL HAVE TO REGISTER (Entrants from previous years can use their username/password to login)

*NOTE: Teachers or parents may register on behalf of young students who do not have email addresses.

Only ONE teacher or student per class is required to register. You can share the login name and password.


1. Get your team together for a planning session. Decide who will write the script, do the storyboard, shoot, edit, sound, lighting, props etc.

2. Put ALL the key dates in your calendars.

3. Check ALL the RULES about MUSIC and IMAGE and CORPORATE LOGOS copyright, privacy, length, titles, &  credits

4. Shoot and edit your video, sticking to your schedule.

5. Upload the completed consent forms on the 'Register/Upload' page.

6. Upload your video(s). 

There is NO LIMIT to the number of videos that any individual/institution/school or team can submit, but only videos that comply with ALL the rules will be published on the website.

PRIVACY POLICY: We will NEVER share your email address with anyone.

1) ENTRY IN THE COMPETITION IS FREE, however a CONSENT FORM must be submitted for ANY person who is VISUALLY IDENTIFIABLE in the video. (click to download ADULT CONSENT FORM or the STUDENT CONSENT FORM )
If any person is visually identifiable in the video, the uploaded video will not be made visible to the public until the completed consent form is scanned and emailed to: obrien DOT brendan DOT p AT edumail DOT vic DOT gov DOT au

2) Entrants must register for the competition prior to the REGISTRATION Deadline - 14 November 2013 midnight GMT/UTC, and UPLOAD VIDEO(s) - by 20 November 2013 Midnight GMT/UTC.

3) The video must be a “Science” based Video or Animation. Contestants MUST EXPLAIN the science, not merely demonstrate a phenomena.. Entries will be assessed by the judges (see rule 10) on how effectively and creatively the brief has been carried out. The emphasis is on how well the video EXPLAINS the science..

4) All footage used is to be original work carried out and filmed in 2012-2013 and UPLOADED as a MOV or WMV video file less than 20Mb The size limit of 20Mb strictly applies, which gives for a good quality web video. Larger files can be uploaded to Youtube then the URL link is supplied in our Upload form, in which case the file size/format is irrelevant

All music and Images used MUST be credited/acknowledged in the closing credits. ALL MUSIC & IMAGES USED must be accompanied with the appropriate permissions and clearances. (ALL MUSIC MUST be original, permitted or Copyright-free) It is the entrant’s responsibility that the film does not infringe the rights, including but not limited to, copyright or intellectual property etc. of another person, group or entity. ALL IMAGES MUST be copyright free, original, or permission from the owner is required (you can't just rip someone's music, photo's, diagrams and images off the web)

6) If the entrant obtains permission from the copyright owner to use copyrighted music, photos or images, evidence of such permission MUST be (a) noted in the CREDITS and (b) emailed to: obrien DOT brendan DOT p AT edumail DOT vic DOT gov DOT au

7) ALL VIDEOS MUST HAVE OPENING AND CLOSING CREDITS. All Entries are to be 60 seconds or less in duration including credits.  Any entries exceeding this  60 second limit will be disallowed.

8) ALL ENTRIES MUST IDENTIFY THE FIRST NAME(s) ONLY of STUDENT ENTRANT(S) and/or SCHOOL NAME (if a school entry) in the opening credits.

9) All entrants must ensure that there are no corporate names or logos used in the video, this includes anyone wearing and/or displaying corporate names or logos. Entrants are advised to remove or obscure labels/brand names from any commercial products used in their videos. (School logos on uniforms are OK of course)

10) The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.  Our judges are high profile Scientists, Science Communicators, and Science film-makers.Their brief is to judge the entries using two main criteria 1. How well is the science EXPLAINED? and 2. How well is the video made? They will be looking for good science, explained clearly, in a video which has good production values. ? If no video is submitted from any country, state or territory, OR if the submitted videos do not meet a minimum standard, they may issue a 'no winner declared' for that country, state or territory.

11) Prizes are not negotiable & non-transferable. For details on prizes, click on the 'The Details>Prizes' link above.

12) The video/animation must be the student’s or students’ team’s own work.

13) For entries in the 'Schools divisions' teachers may provide advice and training, but under the 'No Touch rule' of this competition, teachers are not permitted to touch any hardware or equipment after the software is installed and filming has started apart from pressing the 'go' button after students have set up the camera and framed the shots. (For students aged 9 or less, the teacher may not touch the camera, but may assist the editing process)

14) For entries in the 'Schools divisions' schools entering the competition agree to apply the normal school guidelines appropriate to supervision and behaviour of students during the production of their video.

15) The entrant indemnifies the competition organisers from any loss, injury or damage that may occur in the production of their video. If the video shows a potentially dangerous experiment, a warning must be given on the soundtrack or as a subtitle.

16) All entries will be uploaded to this official competition website, all entries will be acknowledged on receipt. ONLY MOV or WMV video file less than 20Mb will be accepted.

17) By entering the competition the entrants agree to abide by these terms and conditions.

18) The entrant retains copyright over their work, but by uploading a video, the entrant grants permission to DEECD and ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) to reproduce the video on any DEECD controlled or ACMI controlled websites for mash-ups,  instructional purposes or as examples of exemplary learning.

*no Australian resident students will be precluded from entering, incuding those from remote stations. For registered 'home schooled' students, the parent must take on the same responsibilities as the supervising teacher and abide by the 'no touch' rule. (see rules 11 and 12)

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