FAQs

Can students be from different grades / ages on the same team?

Yes! However, the category they submit to (based on age) will be for the oldest student on the team.

If students are awarded the prize, will the travel and lodging be included?

A limited number of scholarships will be available to support winners to travel to ISTE in Chicago in June, though that amount won't be announced until May.

As a parent, do we need to get our student's teacher involved?

The requirement is for an adult sponsor, and the parent can act in that role, but will still need to fill out the adult verification form.

Can adults sponsor more than one team?

As the teacher, you can be the adult sponsor for as many entries as you wish. Each entry does require you to fill out a form (in addition to the entry form that your students fill out). We advise studying both entry forms before getting too far into your projects.

Are adults allowed to act in the films?

Yes, but a signed release form for anyone identifiable will need to be in the hands of the adult sponsor when he or she fills out the adult sponsor form.

How much help can an adult give the students?

For any entry, it is expected that the students plan the entire video, but it is understood that younger students may need some help with the editing. For even the youngest students, though, it is important that the adult helping the student with the editing get feedback from the child and make adjustments based on what the child says. This is an opportunity for the child to know that he or she is ultimately the decision maker for how the video looks, and that we hope this opportunity will help build their confidence, artistically and academically.

I am wondering if we could possibly submit a video that incorporates sign, AAC, voice etc?

Absolutely. However, the video will be judged by people who may not sign, so having subtitles for any section that isn't in written and/or spoken English is required to be eligible to be considered as a finalist.

In the credits, do you need to specify the equipment used to film the story?

The credits do not require explaining what equipment/tools one uses, though it is good practice to have that information there. The entry form will ask for that information.

Is it mandatory to have dialogue?

The key is that the video convey a story that English speakers can judge. That doesn't require any given amount of dialogue, however.

How many group members can we have?

There is no limit to the number of students in a group submitting a video.

Is this contest open to students from non US-countries?

Yes. The GSVFF is open to students all over the world.

Can students get feedback on their stories before final submission? if yes, how so?

Those who submit their videos by Feb. 28th will get feedback on eligibility of the video regarding sources and citations. We are also working to make sure that all videos received by that date can get suggestions from students learning video production.

What is the prize for winning for winning this competition?

Winners will be invited to the live screening and celebration at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, and will be awarded certificates and trophies. Additionally their videos will be featured on the studentvoice.org website.

What does the theme mean by 'In Another's Shoes'?

Students are invited to interpret this theme as they see fit, so long as audience members can clearly understand how the theme is utilized in the film. We encourage you to be creative with this theme. Try to think beyond your first impressions of the theme and see if you can create a focus for a truly original film! Feel free to experiment with different mediums such as animation, puppetry, silent films, stop motion, etc!

What are the rules concerning use of music in the videos?

Any music you use must be of your own making, media offered by your editing tool, or from sites specified in the rules. In all cases, you must provide citations in your credits; feel free to follow the models in the guidelines.