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Video Translation Contest

Certell 2Certell offers a basic economics course called “Common Sense Economics for Life” which includes 54 Key Economics Concepts. The course illustrates these concepts with video clips, drawn mostly from U.S. sources. The purpose of this contest is to identify non-American clips and to make it more cosmopolitan by including video material from other cultures.

We will provide prizes of $25 for the 20 best video clips from SFL students around the world which illustrate one or more of these 54 concepts.

You are welcome to submit entries in as many categories as you like, but you may not submit more than one entry per category.

We reserve the right to award more than one prize for the same category. Preference will be given to non-English-language submissions.

Video clip submissions should have the following characteristics:

  1. They should be taken from local or regional broadcast television or movies. No original video clips will be considered.
  2. They should ideally be between 2 and 5 minutes in length. They may be shorter, but cannot be longer than 8 minutes. We assume that they will be excerpted from longer programs (e.g. a 30 minute sit-com).
  3. They should illustrate one or more economic concepts in a way which encourages economic reasoning and is supportive of liberty and prosperity.
  4. They should be entertaining, in addition to being informative.
  5. They may not come from American television or movies. Preference may be given to clips from non-Anglo-Saxon sources.

The criteria for judging will include:

  1. How well does the video clip illustrate the economic concept(s) in a clear and concise way?
  2. Does the lesson in the video clip illustrate the application (or lack thereof) of economic reasoning to everyday life?
  3. Is the clip entertaining?

All decisions of the judges will be final.

In order to qualify, a submission must include the following:

  1. Your name, email, phone, and student group information where applicable.
  2. The full video clip being submitted. If the clip is available on a public site (such as YouTube), a hyperlink to the clip is sufficient. If submitting an excerpt from a longer file, the start and end-times should be included. The clip may also be uploaded to the contest page.
  3. Each video clip needs to be accompanied by a description of the specific concept or concepts the clip illustrates.
  4. A transcript of the dialog in the clip in the original language, as well as a rough English translation, need to accompany each submission. If the original language does not use the Latin alphabet, then the original, a Latin alphabet conversion, and the English translation should all be included.
  5. For citation and crediting purposes:
    • The country of origin
    • The name of the show or title of the movie
    • The name and number of the episode (if the clip is part of a series and the name and number are known)
    • The year it was broadcast or shown (if available)
The deadline for submission is November 30, 2016, and winners will be announced by January 31, 2017.


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