“Spirit of Festival”
METG's Video Contest
About The Program
The mission of the METG is to support and promote theatrical arts and education. While primarily focused on the stage, film and video are increasingly important and valid aspects of how these arts are presented. Prior to the creation of the contest many schools were even already producing videos as part of their festival days. We have created the Spirit of Festival Video Contest to showcase these student-developed original videos while also celebrating the theme that Festival is a celebration of Theatre and each school's hard work.
- Eligible students must be enrolled in a member high school in grades 7-12.
- The video team can be comprised of any individual from within the school and does not need to be a student directly involved in the festival production or theatre program.
- Each team must have a coach who is either a teacher at the school or officially authorized to act as such an agent by the school administration.
- Deadline for Submissions is Monday, March 18, 2019.
- The winning video will be selected and announced on March 28, 2019. This video will be showcased during the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival State Finals Closing Ceremony.
Submitting the Video
In order for a video submission to be eligible, the video team must submit the following items:
- Submit the online METG HS Contest Entry Form (https://metg.org/resources/online-application-form.html) any time between now and the video contest submission deadline letting us know you will be submitting a video.
- Once you receive the confirmation email of your registration, print and send a copy with your registration fee to:
Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild
P.O. Box 2538
Mashpee, MA 02649
- The registration fee is $15 per video for METG member schools and $20 for non-member schools. The registration fee is Non-Refundable.
- Entry is not complete and videos are ineligible for consideration until the registration fee is received.
- When your video is complete, upload it to *TBD CLOUD DRIVE LINK*
- When upload is complete SEND AN EMAIL TO METG@METG.ORG so we can verify it was successfully uploaded. METG is not responsible for lost, incomplete, corrupt, etc. file uploads.
- In the event you have trouble uploading the video, you may, as a backup, post the video to your own cloud server (DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, etc.) and send us a link.
The purpose of the video is to highlight the "Spirit of Festival." How can your team showcase what makes the METG festival amazing in your own creative way? Some questions / facts that might help:
- The Festival is made up of over 120 member schools from all over the state.
- This Festival is 88 years old.
- What are some of your favorite experiences from festival?
- What are some events that you associate only with festival?
- What would your school year be like without festival.
- Please do NOT use the word "competition" in the video. It is a festival.
- The length of the video is to be no more than 5 minutes. This includes titles and credits.
- For those who have entered in the past, this is new for 2019 and designed to hopefully give you some additional freedom and time as the titles and credits no longer need to be separate. In other words you can now make a 5 minute video with titles and credits as part of the video or you can make the traditional 4 minute video with 30 seconds of titles at the beginning and 30 seconds of credits at the end or something completely different...the choice is yours.
- All videos must be original and may not be prepared by a professional nor contain content that is inappropriate for general audiences.
- Videos must comply with copyright rules and regulations. Sources of information and materials used (i.e. music) must be properly acknowledged and credited in the video. Any additional rights and usage records or payments required are the responsibility of the submitting party to acquire and maintain.
- Videos can be made for a 2019 preliminary or semifinal festival round and include play titles, school names and footage of festival entries in rehearsal if you choose.
- Somewhere in the video should be the Name of the Presenting School, Title of the Video (if any), and “This film made for the METG Spirit of Festival Video Contest”
- Video should contain 5-10 seconds of black at the beginning and end of the video. This is NOT included in the 5 minute maximum time.
- Resolution should be minimum 1280 x 720 (720p). Full HD 1920x1080 (1080i or 1080p) is preferred.
- Other resolutions are acceptable but METG, Inc. takes no responsibility for any quality issues resulting from transcoding to the format used for presentation.
- Frame Rate should be a US Standard (60, 59.94, 30, or 29.97 FPS)
- Other frame rates are acceptable but METG, Inc. takes no responsibility for any quality issues resulting from transcoding to the format used for presentation.
- The recommended format is an H.264 codec in an MPEG-4 wrapper (.mp4)
- Most other .mp4, .m4v, .mov, and .avi files are acceptable
- Windows Media (.wmv) is NOT an acceptable format.
All videos will be submitted to the METG, Inc. office. The videos will be reviewed and distributed to the Video Review Panel.
A video team can be comprised of as many students from the school as the group decides. However, it should be noted that the winning team will only be allowed to send a maximum of four (4) team members and the coach to the 2019 METG Finals. (Additional tickets may be purchased subject to availability.)
- It is recommended that the video team consider including a variety of student experts to create the best video possible. For instance, it may be helpful if a video team includes one student who is interested in writing, another who has experience in video production, another that has talent in theater, and another who has talent in art or composition.
Participant assumes all responsibility for injuries, damages, and cost. The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG, Inc.) is not liable for any injuries or damages caused by or to the participants during filming, for broken equipment, or materials and services purchased to produce the submission.
The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG,inc.) reserves the right in perpetuity to use submissions in any way deemed appropriate by its managing bodies including use in advertising and fundraising without any payment or other form of remuneration to the submitting party. Ownership of submissions beyond this remains with the submitting party.
The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG, Inc.) is not responsible for copyright errors made in the videos.
For questions or additional information on the 2019 METG Video Contest please contact Michael McGarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.