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Faculty Film & Video Student Film & Video
FV1 – Commercial or PSA: Commercial/advertising are up-to 60-second spots produced to sell goods and services while PSAs are short spots produced to promote pro-social messages. SV1 – Animation/Experimental/Mixed: This category is intended for animated films, artistic/experimental films and entries that do not “fit” in any of the other student video categories. In addition to technical and narrative excellence, projects entered in this category are expected to “push the traditional envelope.”
FV2 – Educational or Instructional: Pedagogically oriented videos designed to teach concepts, skills, techniques, or procedures to potential learners. SV2 – Instructional/Educational: This category is intended for entries where the primary goal is to instruct or educate the viewer. While documentary and news projects often have instructional or educational content, they are generally a better fit for the student documentary and news competitions and should not be entered here.
FV3 – Mixed  / Pedagogical  (Teacher/Student Co-Production): This broad category consists of co-productions where videos are created in collaborative efforts of teachers and students. The intent here is to give opportunity outside high-end “professional” production. Entries to this category must be the substantive work of a full time faculty member who has student involvement only at the level of assisting the faculty member’s work. It should not be the work of students supervised by a faculty member. SV3 – Music Video: This category is intended for original music videos produced for an individual or group who maintains ownership of the music and lyrics performed. The entrant must have rights to all music and image content for projects submitted to this category.
FV4 – Narrative: Usually dramatic videos but may include narrative animation. SV4 – Narrative: This category is intended for realism narratives (comedy, drama, etc.). If your narrative is tremendously fragmented or non-traditional, it should be entered in the Animation/Experimental/Mixed category.
FV5 – Promotional/Music Video: Longer form promotional videos that are produced to gain publicity, funding or awareness of a “product” be that commercial or non-profit. Music videos are entered here as they promote a musical act. SV5 – Spots: This category includes Public Service Announcements, commercials and advertisements between 15 and 60 seconds.
  SV6 – Promotional (Promo material more than 60 seconds): This category includes longer promotional pieces such as “fund-raising pieces” for non-profits or “recruiting films” for athletic departments.
  SV7 – Studio (multi-camera or live-to-tape): This category is intended for entries where the majority of editing was done live rather than in post-production. Some “pre-edited” segments may be “rolled into” the live program, but to a large degree, judges are looking for achievement in the live portions of the program.