High School Spirit of Festival Video Contest

High School “Spirit of Festival” Video Contest

This contest is open to any student in grades 9-12.

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.


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.
● 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 term “competition” in the video. The event should be celebrated
as a Festival!

Contest Specifics:

● 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 theater 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.
● Prior to submitting your video test it to make sure that it has both video and audio.
● To submit your video, share it online with metg@metg.org. Make sure that we can
download your video from the sharing site. Then send us an email letting us know you
have shared it.
● Mail a DVD or USB drive with your video to: METG, P.O. Box 705, Mansfield, MA 02048.
● The winning video will be showcased during the METG State Finals Closing Ceremony.
● 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 2020 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.

Video Requirements:
● The length of the video is to be no more than five (5) minutes.
● 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 2019/2020 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 Format:
● 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 office. The videos will be reviewed and distributed to
the Video Review Panel.
Other Conditions:
● Participant assumes all responsibility for injuries, damages, and costs. 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.

The winning video will be shown as part of the METG State Finals closing ceremony.
For member schools there is a $15.00 entry fee per student.
For non-member schools there is a $20.00 entry fee per student.

Application Deadlines:
Registration must be submitted online by March 16, 2020.
Link to Registration Form:

High School Spirit of Festival Video Contest


The Guild initiated its annual Spirit of Festival video competition with a goal to showcase student-developed original videos that promote the theme for festival as a celebration of theatre.

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