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MOVIE REVIEW CONTEST

The American Center in Moscow is excited to announce the 2022 Movie Review Contest. Join this contest to share your love of American movies that address the topic of our planet’s health, to apply your skills to creating a digital media product, and to help others discover good movies and find their inner environmentalists. The contest is open to people aged 18 and older living in Russia. Entrants are asked to create a movie review in the form of a podcast (audio) in English. For inspiration and additional help, entrants will be able to join training sessions on storytelling concepts and audio recording and editing.

The contest timeline: February 14, 2022 – May 15, 2022, the last day to submit your entries — May 15, 2022 23:59 MSK. Winners will be announced in June 2022. Winners will be awarded prizes; best reviews will be featured on social media pages of the American Center in Moscow. 

For full details, please make sure to check all guidelines below. 

CONTEST GUIDELINES

WHO CAN TAKE PART

The contest is open to individual entrants aged 18 and older residing in the Russian Federation.

WHAT MOVIES CAN BE REVIEWED

Entrants are asked to review American feature films that address the topic of our planet’s health. This topic includes but is not limited to such themes as climate change, biodiversity, environmental sustainability, resource management, environmental catastrophes, and environmental protection. These themes may be central to the film’s plot or may be only part of the film’s setting, plot, or the overall message.

 

Entries that do not meet these criteria will be disqualified.

What requirements all contest entries should meet

1) Entrants submit their movie review as a podcast (an audio recording) of 5 minutes or less through Soundcloud (for details on how to submit your entry, go to “How to enter” below).

2) To submit their entry, entrants fill out a Submission Form (for details, go to “How to enter” below). Entries submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

3) The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2022 23:59 MSK. All entries must be received on or before this deadline. The American Center in Moscow accepts no responsibility for entries not received during that submission period for whatever reason.

4) Only American feature films that address the topic of our planet’s health should be reviewed.

5) Movie review podcasts must be in English.

6) Submissions can be made by individual entrants. Group entries are not accepted.

7) Movie review podcasts should not include any personal information of the entrant (such as names, age, address, etc.).

8) A maximum of 2 submissions per individual entrant can be submitted.

9) Movie review podcasts must be new (not previously published) and original work. Reviews that plagiarize the work of others or violate copyright will be disqualified. Reviews that use previously published material will be disqualified.

10) Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.

HOW TO ENTER

1) Upload your podcast to Soundcloud. To learn how to upload a track to Soundcloud, refer to this article

2) Name the track “AMC_Movie Review_Movie Title_Your Initials”.

3) Set the privacy settings on the track to “Public” to ensure that the contest judges can listen to your entry.

4) Fill out this Submission Form. When asked for the link to your movie review podcast, copy the link to your track on Soundcloud and paste it in the form. If it is a group entry, only one member of the group fills out the form once on behalf of the whole group.

5) Fill out this form by May 15, 2022 23:59 MSK.

AMC Movie Review Contest Poster

TRAINING SESSIONS

Two training sessions will be held for potential entrants during that submission period of the contest. One training session will help participants better understand what a film review is and how to write one. The other training session will equip participants with basic skills of audio recording and editing necessary for creating a contest entry.

Schedule of the workshops:

April 4, 2022 at 8:00-9:00 PM MSK Workshop: How to record a podcast / Воркшоп: Как записать подкаст

April 25, 2022 at 8:00-9:00 PM MSK Masterclass: How to create a film review / Мастер-класс: Как создать кино рецензию 

The online training sessions are free and available to the general public. All sessions will be held in Russian on Zoom. These sessions may be useful in creating your contest entries, however, attending the sessions is not a prerequisite for taking part in the contest.

 

HOW THE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED

– Contest entries will be judged on their originality, creativity, language, and expression.

Up to 3 winning entries will be selected by the American Center and guest judges. The winners will be announced in June 2022 on the American Center in Moscow’s social media pages. Notification and instructions for the prizes will be sent to the email addresses provided in the potential prize winners’ entry forms. Each finalist is responsible for monitoring their email for prize notification and/or other communications related to this contest.

– The American Center reserves the right to choose one winning entry by popular vote, conducted via the American Center’s social media pages.

– The American Center reserves the right to also pick a few Honorable Mentions—the final number will depend on the number of entries received. 

– The winners will be awarded prizes and their works will be published in the American Center in Moscow’s social media pages.

DISCLAIMERS

The American Center in Moscow reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Contest, without notice, and for any reason.

Regardless of how many entries you submit, you can win only one prize. By entering the contest, you certify that your entry is your own original creation. Entries that are plagiarized will be disqualified from the contest.  All decisions as to winners are made by the American Center in Moscow and guest judges; all decisions are final.

Video by Mikhail Nilov retrieved from Pexels.

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