Video Contest Official Rules

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Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. The Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) Video Contest (Contest) submission period commences on April 19, 2010 and ends at 11:59pm EDT on June 4, 2010. The contest is sponsored and conducted by the Corporation, an agency of the Federal government. The Corporation is headquartered at 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20525.

(1) Eligibility:

This contest is only open to any current AmeriCorps member or any former AmeriCorps member who has successfully completed his or her term of service. The AmeriCorps member or alum submitting a video may work individually or as a team with others who are not members or alums, but the official entry must be submitted by an individual who is a current AmeriCorps member or alum. Employees, officers, Board members, contractors, and consultants of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Campaign Consultation, Inc., companies awarding prizes, or their immediate family members, are ineligible to participate in the contest. "Immediate family members" means spouse, parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings and step-siblings, and each of their respective spouses.

(2) How to Participate:

For the 2010 AmeriCorps video contest, create a 60 second video that tells a compelling, impactful story about AmeriCorps and the effect AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps projects have on local communities. You may also include how the collective impact of the AmeriCorps program impacts our nation. The video should be informative, memorable, and creative and include a call to action that encourages viewers to get involved and "get things done." All entries must include the AmeriCorps logo at least once during the duration of the video. Entrants must also submit a transcript along with their videos.

Videos may include a variety of perspectives:

  • Mayors or city council members with AmeriCorps programs in their cities can share the impact the program has had on their communities
  • Current AmeriCorps members or alums may share their stories of service or provide opportunities to show service in action
  • School principals with teaching corps members in their classrooms may share the difference these AmeriCorps members are making for students

We are seeking high quality videos that may be used in whole or in part to promote the AmeriCorps program nationally through Public Service Advertising (PSA). As such, we encourage you to collaborate with others to develop your video. This means that you do not need to have the video equipment or a background in producing videos; you simply need to have a great idea for a video that demonstrates the impact of AmeriCorps and a great collaborator to help you to put it together.

Consider involving public officials, community leaders, AmeriCorps members and alums, and service recipients who have seen or experienced the impact of AmeriCorps programs on the community. If you are connected to a multi-site program, feel free to include the impact of AmeriCorps across multiple communities.

Potential collaborators for the development and production may include:

  • Marketing or advertising students at your local college or university
  • Video or film production or editing students or people who do video work as a hobby
  • Friends with educational or professional backgrounds in marketing or video production
  • Local business engaged in advertising marketing or video production
  • Public access television to assist with video production

You are free to begin creating your video right away. You may submit your video anytime between April 19 and June 4, 2010 by uploading it to the AmeriCorps Video Contest Website at or by mailing your DVD entry directly to Stephanie Grocott, AmeriCorps Contest Coordinator, 2819 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Please include the following information with your entry:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number(s)
  • AmeriCorps affiliation, if applicable (e.g. current member or alum)
  • AmeriCorps program, if applicable (VISTA; State and National; Tribes and Territories; or NCCC)
  • Name and location of your AmeriCorps service organization, if applicable
    • Term 1
    • Term 2
  • Designation for how you would like your attribution to appear with your posted entry (e.g., "Mary Smith, Chicago, IL", "M. Smith, Chicago, IL" or "Mary S., Chicago, IL").
  • Video Title
  • The above information is required for all submissions
Eligible Entries:

Entries may be in any form of moving image, including but not limited to, video, animation, text and audio in .WMV, .AVI, .MOV or .MPG format and be less than 100 MB in size. Duration of entry must be 60 seconds or less. Both audio/visual and visual only entries are permitted. To be eligible for entry in the Contest, entries must be received by the Corporation no later than 11:59 PM EDT on June 4, 2010. Receipt of entries will be acknowledged, but entries will not be returned.

  • By submitting an entry, entrant warrants that he/she is the sole author and copyright owner of entry or has permission (via license or otherwise) to use or incorporate those entry portions authored or owned by third parties.
  • Video contains an image of the AmeriCorps logo at least once during the duration of the video.
  • Videos may not have been entered into any other contest or won any other award.
  • Use of images, music, and other works in the public domain may be incorporated into videos. However, materials that infringe on the rights of any third party may not be used unless consent has been obtained.
  • The Video must not contain brand names or trademarks except those related to AmeriCorps or national service programs;
  • The Video must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
  • The Video must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation; and
  • The Video must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where Video is created.

The Corporation is not responsible for late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible or unintelligible entries. The purpose of this contest is to encourage the creation and submission of videos that educate the general public on the impact of AmeriCorps and the opportunities that exist to engage in service in the United States.

By submitting a video to this contest, each participant automatically confers on the Corporation an irrevocable, nonexclusive and unrestricted license to use the video for purposes consistent with the agency's national service mission. This includes the right to copy, reproduce, display, or distribute the video, and to make derivative works based upon the video or a substantial portion of it without attribution or prior permission. Other than the authority to the Corporation, as set out in this paragraph, participants retain ownership rights of their videos.

(3) Prizes:

There will be first, second and third place awards given for the best video showing AmeriCorps Getting Things Done.

Visit the Prize Center to learn more.

(4) Judging Process:

After submission, all videos will be reviewed to ensure that they meet the criteria specified under Eligible Entries above. Videos that pass this general screening process will be available for public viewing and rating during the submission period at and Please note that it may take up to 72 hours after submission for a video to appear online for public viewing.

A panel of judges consisting of Corporation for National and Community Service staff will review and rate the video submissions and provide their ratings and comments to select the five finalist entries from all eligible submissions.

Judges will base their ratings of video entrants on the following criteria:

  1. Overall Impact (educational, inspiring, persuasive)
  2. Creativity
  3. Memorable Content and Delivery
  4. Clear Message about how AmeriCorps gets things done
  5. Alignment with Mission and Goals of AmeriCorps
  6. Public Rating

The five finalists' entries will then be voted on by the general public at between June 28 and July 9, 2010 and will determine the grand, first, second, and third place winners. There will also be an opportunity to vote during the National Conference on Volunteering and Service from June 28-30, 2010. For public votes, there may be only one vote per person, per active email address. Individual online votes that are either fraudulently generated or duplicated, or associated with inactive or "dummy" e-mail addresses, are subject to disqualification. It is not necessary to register on the website or participate in the Contest to vote online. The online voting period ends at 11:59 pm EDT on July 9, 2010.

Judges' decisions are final. Companies awarding prizes shall have no role, responsibility, or liability in sponsoring or administering the Video Contest. Companies awarding prizes are allowed and encouraged to publicize the contest.

The Corporation reserves the right to disqualify and remove any entry which is deemed, in the judging panel's discretion, inappropriate, offensive, defamatory, or demeaning to the Corporation's, AmeriCorps' or any other party's reputation or goodwill. Winners will be notified by e-mail, express mail and/or phone and shall be required to complete an affidavit or declaration of eligibility/liability release and, except where prohibited, a publicity release and such other documents as may be required by the Corporation to protect its right to air and use the winning entry. Required documents must be signed and received within 7 days of the date printed on the prize notification. Failure to comply or return of any prize notification as undeliverable may result in forfeiture of prize and selection of the next highest score entrant as the winner. The Corporation is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winners.

Accepting the prize constitutes the Corporation's and companies awarding prizes, permission to use winner's name, hometown (including state) and/or likeness for promotional purposes, without compensation.

(5) General Terms and Conditions:

By participating, entrants agree that the Corporation and companies awarding prizes and their respective agents are not responsible or liable for, and shall be released and held harmless from: (i) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (ii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Corporation that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (iii) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest; (iv) any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in the Contest, including claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. The Corporation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend, or suspend the Contest should (in its sole discretion) computer virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, judges will select the winners from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the Corporation. The Corporation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it determines to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or the Corporation website.

(6) Winners List/Official Rules:

A copy of these official rules and a winners list may be obtained by sending an email request to or by fax request (410) 243-1024. Requests for winners list must be received by September 30, 2010

(7) Privacy Policy:

See the Corporation Privacy Policy regarding use of all material entered and/or submitted for this Contest or otherwise collected by the Corporation, except as otherwise provided in these Official Rules.

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