MIPA’s On-site Video Contests are only open to participants of MIPA’s Spring Awards event.

  • Pre-register for on-site contests when you register for the event.
  • Pre-registration is not required, but space is limited. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You DO NOT NEED to provide students’ names when you register for the event (allowing you to easily make substitutions when you check in). You must provide students names with entries at the contest deadline.
  • Students/teams must check-in by the designated time or they may be disqualified. Entries must be submitted by the designated time or they will not be accepted for judging.
  • Each school may be limited to a certain number of entries/students/teams per category.
  • Contests will be judged after the event.
  • Use of copyrighted music, artwork, videos or other materials without written permission of the copyright holder may violate U.S. law and MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy. Entries that violate this police will be disqualified.

On-Site News/Feature Video

This category will allow students to create a news or feature story, including interviews, B-roll, standup, etc. Teams will be given a topic in which to report their story.

  • Teams must sign in at the registration desk upon arrival at the event
  • Cost: $3 per team
  • There is no limit on the number of teams per school, but each team can have a maximum of three students.
  • Please send in your entry fee with your event registration.
  • Entries may be published by MIPA in its newsletter, online or via social media.
  • Use of copyrighted music, artwork, videos or other materials without written permission of the copyright holder may violate U.S. law and MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy. Entries that violate MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy will be disqualified.
  • Students are to bring their own cameras, storage media, microphones and editing equipment — most likely, a laptop. Please note: Drones may not be used during this contest.
  • There will be a 10-minute instruction period at 9 a.m in the contest room. You must attend this session. Directions to the contest room will be available at the registration desk.

Students will have until 12:30 p.m. to complete the video.

The subject of the video will be given to the students during the instruction period.

Students may not come with any pre-made footage. The video will be 2–4 minutes and must be turned in on a DVD or flash drive. MIPA will have some flash drives, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Students will be judged on the technical standards detailed in MIPA’s Video Best Practices, uniqueness of the story and script writing.

MIPA will not supply any equipment or media. Please bring all of your own equipment.

On-Site Cinematography

This category will allow students to focus on telling stories through strong visuals. Teams will be given a topic in which to tell a story with only video, natural sound and music (no interviews or voiceovers).

  • Teams must sign in at the registration desk upon arrival at the event
  • Cost: $3 per team
  • There is no limit on the number of teams per school, but each team can have a maximum of two students.
  • Please send in your fee with your event registration.
  • Entries may be published by MIPA in its newsletter, online or via social media.
  • Use of copyrighted music, artwork, videos or other materials without written permission of the copyright holder may violate U.S. law and MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy. Entries that violate MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy will be disqualified.
  • Students are to bring their own cameras, storage media, microphones and editing equipment — most likely, a laptop. Please note: Drones may not be used during this contest.
  • There will be a 10-minute instruction period at 9 a.m. in the contest room. You must attend this session. Directions to the contest room will be available at the registration desk.

Students will have until 12:30 p.m. to complete the video.

The subject of the video and a selection of music tracks will be given to the students during the instruction period.

Students may not come with any pre-made footage. The video will be 2–4 minutes and must be turned in on a DVD or flash drive. MIPA will have some flash drives, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Students will be judged on creativity and technical execution following the standards established in MIPA’s Video Best Practices.

MIPA will not supply any equipment or media. Please bring all of your own equipment.