Contest Rules

*There is no entry fee or donation required to submit an entry.

  1. All entries must be submitted as a digital video shot with Apple Clips video editing software.
  2. Entries are limited to U.S. Middle School students in grades 6, 7 and 8 and must be submitted by a teacher sponsor.
    A classroom can have multiple entries and a student can participate in more than one film.
  3. Each entry must focus on the principles of a circular economy and how we can make better use of our natural resources. See Curriculum.
  4. Student teams may work together in groups of three and no more than four.
  5. The length of the video cannot exceed 90 seconds, not including the 10 second Title Screen slide (see #6 below).
  6. All entries must begin with a 10 second full-screen “Title Screen” slide that includes the following information:
    1. Team members’ names
    2. Teacher supervisor’s name
    3. School name
    4. School district name
    5. School, city and state
    6. Title of video
    7. Total running time (not including the 10 second Title Screen slide)
  7. All data presented in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in
    disqualification. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, you must submit a list of your sources, properly cited.
  8. All entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm (Pacific time, U.S.) on Monday, March 9, 2020 in conjunction with a teacher sponsor. Once submitted the entry cannot be revised and will not be returned.
  9. No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials. NOTE: All of the music tracks that are available for use in the Apple Clips video editing software library are already cleared for copyright and use.
  10. No images of any persons can be used unless you have written permission for such use from the person, and if the person is under the age of 18, from his or her parent or guardian. An Appearance Release Form is available for that purpose here OR is included at the end of this document.
  11. Adults may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults are allowed to be actors, but not content contributors.
  12. The online entry form must be fully and accurately completed when you upload your video for it to be eligible to be judged. Entrant is responsible for maintaining accurate contact information for purposes of any notifications that may be sent to entrant in connection with the contest.
  13. All entries must include a signed/completed Parent Permission Form, covering “Copyright, Publicity and Appearance Release” for each of the students on the team, and be accompanied by Appearance Release Forms for anyone who appears in the video that is not a creator on the team, executed by the person appearing and his/her/their parent to the extent the person is under the age of 18.
  14. Content must comply with all local and national laws of the United States. Content must not 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by Population Connection in its sole and conclusive determination; 7) contain any confidential, proprietary or trade secret information; 8) violate any agreement with any third party; or 9) infringe upon or violate the trademarks, copyrights or intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
  15. The judges’ decision is final. Decisions will be made based on the Redford Center Judging Criteria.
  16. The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins. See Contest Prizes.
  17. All entries must be submitted in English, if entries are not in English they must include English subtitles.
  18. Teachers should keep at least one copy of each video they submit. The Redford Center is not responsible for any films that are lost, damaged or that do not upload properly. Entries will not be treated as confidential or proprietary information in any way. Entries will not be acknowledged and cannot be returned once submitted.
  19. Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the entrant, with the following exceptions. Entrants grant The Redford Center the non-exclusive right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials and video submissions for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation. Entrants also grant The Redford Center the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform and/or display the entrant’s project video without further compensation or notification to the entrant. The Redford Center maintains the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display or exhibit the project for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes on their website, at film festivals, or at any other venues.
  20. By participating in this Contest, you agree to hold the Redford Center, Inc. and all the Redford Center employees, board members, executives and directors, and any affiliated entities or representatives, including but not limited to the judges for this Contest (“the Redford Center Parties”) harmless against any and all injuries, losses, damages, claims and liabilities of any kind (including attorneys’ fees) resulting from or arising out of entry and participation in the Contest and use or redemption of any prize. The Redford Center Parties are not responsible for any technical failures related to communication or submission failures, such as unavailable networks or server connections, or other failures related to hardware, software viruses or incomplete, late or misdirected entries.
  21. IN NO EVENT WILL THE REDFORD CENTER PARTIES BE LIABLE TO ANY ENTRANT FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOSS OF USE, DATA OR MONIES) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY ARISES FROM ANY CLAIM BASED UPON CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, AND WHETHER OR NOT THE REDFORD PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGE. ENTRANT FURTHER AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION. Some jurisdictions in the United States do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so to that extent the above limitation or exclusion may not apply in those circumstances.
  22. Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges.
  23. These Official Rules are governed by the law of the State of California, without reference or giving any effect to rules governing choice of laws. The parties each agree to finally settle all disputes only through arbitration; provided, however, the Redford Parties shall be entitled to seek injunctive or equitable relief in the federal or state courts covering the City and County of San Francisco and any other court with jurisdiction over the parties. In arbitration, there is no judge or jury and review is limited. The arbitrator’s decision and award are final and binding, with limited exceptions, and judgment on the award may be entered in any court with jurisdiction. The parties agree that, except as set forth above, any claim, suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes shall be resolved solely by binding arbitration before a single arbitrator who will be mutually agreed upon. If an in-person hearing is required, then it will take place in San Francisco, CA. The federal or state law that applies to these Official Rules will also apply during the arbitration. Disputes will be arbitrated only on an individual basis and will not be consolidated with any other proceedings that involve any claims or controversy of another party, including any class actions; provided, however, if for any reason any court or arbitrator holds that this restriction is unconscionable or unenforceable, then the agreement to arbitrate does not apply and the dispute must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City and County of San Francisco, California. The Redford Parties agree to pay the administrative and arbitrator’s fees in order to conduct the arbitration (but specifically excluding any travel or other costs of entrant to attend the arbitration hearing).
  24. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, EACH ENTRANT IS REPRESENTING THAT THEY HAVE READ THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND ACCEPT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS STATED IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES, AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE DECISIONS OF THE REDFORD PARTIES, AND WARRANT AND REPRESENT THAT ENTRANT IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST AND HAS ALL RIGHTS NECESSARY TO DO SO. IF AN ENTRANT DOES NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE OFFICIAL RULES, AN ENTRANT SHOULD NOT SUBMIT AN ENTRY TO THE OFFICIAL CONTEST.
  25. Sponsor of this contest is the Redford Center, Inc., 1016 Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 322, San Francisco, California 94129. stories@refordcenter.org