PH International

"Project Harmony, Inc." (PH International), with the support of the U.S. Embassy in the Russian Federation, is proud to announce:

Russian American History Video Contest 2018.  What will you discover?

For three years PH has administered the Fort Ross Quest Contest that helped spread the word about Fort Ross as a great example of Russian-American shared history. This year the contest will grow into a new format with a broader theme to reach an even wider audience.

This year we invite teams, consisting of three high-school students (8-10th grades) and a teacher, to create a video or a cartoon (hereafter referred to as “the video”) that captures a common historical element (person, event, place, etc.) uniting Russia and the United States and serving as an example of our shared history and values. The following criteria apply: Teams of up to three students and a teacher will create a short video or cartoon about one element (a person, an event, a place) that unites Russia and the United States and serves as an example of our common culture and shared values.

The winners will travel to the United States in July 2018, will visit New York City, Washington, DC, San Francisco and will participate in the annual Fort Ross Festival!

Submissions should meet the following criteria:

  • The video should be a short film or animated cartoon, no longer than 5 minutes.
  • The video should be about ONE element (a person, an event, a place, etc.) that unites Russia and the United States and serves as an example of our common culture and shared values. Who/what was it? What positive impact did it/he/she have on the United States and Russia? How has the legacy been preserved to this day? Be concrete: what are the most important aspects of your idea? Be specific: think about how you could bring the message home to the viewer of your video.
  • It should be the original piece of work but may include open source materials (video, pictures, photos).
  • The video should be produced specifically for this contest. It shouldn’t have been used before.
  • The video should not include any objectionable, explicit, or discriminatory content.
  • The video can be created in any format, including, but not limited to, digital video, animated video, computer animation, puppet or clay cartoons, sand animation, flip-books, or any combination of styles.
  • The video should be uploaded on YouTube, or another easily accessible video hosting site, but the video SHOULD NOT be made public; it should be uploaded as unlisted. The link to the video should be included in the online application form.
  • The video should be in English with Russian subtitles.
  • By submitting your video you guarantee it is your team’s original, unpublished, work and that you consent to its future publication.

As part of the application process, each team should submit a short introductory video by the team meeting the following requirements:

  • No longer than 2 minutes.  Longer introductory video presentations will disqualify the application.
  • Introduce each team member - all members should participate.
  • Summarize the idea of the video.
  • Should be in English.
  • Uploaded on YouTube, but the video SHOULD NOT be public (It should be uploaded as unlisted).

Team requirements:

  • The team should consist of three high-school students (grades 8-10) and one teacher.
  • All team members must be proficient in English.
  • One teacher cannot lead more than one team.
  • One team should submit no more than one video.
  • Winners of the 2015 Fort Ross Quest, 2016 Fort Ross 2.0 and 2017 Journey to Fort Ross contests are not eligible to participate.

The Contest will be held November 10, 2017 through July 31, 2018 and consists of several stages:

  • Acceptance of entries: November 10, 2017 - January 14, 2018
  • Review of submitted proposals, selection of  semifinalists: January 14 - February 14, 2018
  • Skype interviews with semi-finalists: February 15-25, 2018
  • Winning teams announced: February 28, 2018
  • Winning teams travel to the United States: July 2018

Participation in the contest is free of charge. Winners should have international passports and be able to travel to the United States of America in July-August 2018.

To apply, please fill out the online application. To submit the application, please register or log in using your Facebook, VK or Google+ accounts.

Please be aware that along with contest materials all participants should submit scans of “Consent to personal data processing” and  "Parental consent to publishing videos and photos featuring their child."

The deadline for the 2018 Russian American History Video Contest is January 14, 2018.

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