Global Voices: International Video Competition

Global Voices: International Video Competition So…where in the world are YOU going?

Studying abroad in Shanghai or Mumbai, Rio or Reykyavik?  Sailing along New Zealand’s golden coasts to conduct maritime studies?  Exploring the architecture of ancient Italy?  Perhaps your global adventures have taken you no further than the campus dining hall, where a celebration of ethnic cuisine awaits. And if you are an international student studying here in North Carolina, we ARE your destination!  Wherever your next international foray takes you – at home or abroad – we want to hear your story. So grab your camera – and your imagination – and participate in the University of North Carolina’s first annual international video competition.

The Focus:
Whether you’re from Amsterdam or Asheville, Nigeria or Newton, studying abroad or visiting from another country ­– tell us a compelling, creative story about where you’ve been, what you’ve experienced, and how your adventure has impacted you both personally and academically .

The Categories:
Take your pick of these categories:
A Day In The Life (open to all international students):

  • Take us through a “day” in your life as a student on a UNC campus. Showcase your experiences in the classroom, at work, during social interactions, and as a part of the campus community.

Impact Abroad (open to current and former Study Abroad participants):

  • Show us how your Study Abroad experience impacted you both personally and academically.

Cultural Connections (open to all students):

  • Chronicle how students from North Carolina and abroad are sharing experiences on campus and in the community, exploring one another’s cultures and building long-lasting friendships along the way.

The Rules:

  • Use a digital camera, phone, or related device to film your short.
  • Maximum running time for submissions is three (3) minutes. Videos longer than three (3) minutes will not be eligible for judging.
  • Each team must include at least one enrolled student.
  • All submissions must be original and in compliance with all United States copyright laws. Videos not in compliance will be eliminated from the contest.
  • Participants may only enter one (1) video for submission. All videos submitted will be considered for public viewing on University of North Carolina websites and related social media sites.
  • Videos must not contain material promoting bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual, or promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • By submitting the Contest Entry Form, participants agree to the terms and conditions that grant and assign all rights, title and interest in the video entered in the Global Voices: International Video Competition.

The Prizes:
First, second and third-place prizes ($500, $250 and $100) will be awarded to winning filmmakers in each category. The winning entries will be featured on the University Of North Carolina website and related social media outlets. Selected videos will also be showcased for university leaders and staff.  

The Deadline:
April 15, 2013 (by midnight)

Video Submissions
Maximum running time for submissions is three (3) minutes. Videos longer than three (3) minutes will not be eligible for judging. Acceptable formats for submission include: QuickTime (.mov), Windows Media Video (.wmv) or MPEG (.mpg). Contestants may submit entries in one of the following ways:

Scott Braswell
UNC General Administration
PO Box 2688
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688

Make sure to include the following information with your submission:

  • Name
  • Year
  • School
  • Project Title
  • Contact Information (phone number, email, mailing address)

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Leslie Boney at (919) 843-7338,; Bonnie Derr at (919)843-5030,, or Scott Braswell at (919) 962-9771,
All video submissions and electronic entry forms must be received by April 15, 2013 (by midnight).
Remember: Be creative, be passionate, and most important – have fun!

Access the contest entry form HERE.

Tips on creating a video:

  • Compose your shots so you’ll have enough room to crop the video/photo, if needed.
  • When editing, give viewers enough time to soak in a scene before transitioning to another shot. Though transitions are important in creating a cohesive video, don’t distract your viewer with over-the-top transition animations.
  • Be aware of copyright issues that may arise in using others’ music, video or photos.
  • Watch other student videos from around the world for inspiration and to get a sense of assorted visual and storytelling possibilities.