Thursday, July 27, 2017
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FAQs

Q: What if I am a home school student? 
A: You may submit through your parent, guardian or your home school teacher. 

Q: What if I don't know my sponsoring teacher's email address? 
A: In order for your submission to be accepted, you must include a sponsoring teacher email address. Each sponsoring teacher will be contacted to verify entries associated with their name and email address. Go ask your teacher for their email address, then register. Or try finding it on your school's website. 

Q: How many entries may I have? 
A: Students may submit more than one film but they may only submit a film once per category. So, pick the category that best fits your submission and the criteria outlined. 

Q: I've uploaded my video. Why can't I see it on the web site? 
A: You should be able to view your film once you upload it. All submissions are reviewed by the Young Minds Digital Times team, and if for some reason you find that it has been removed from the film site, check your email. You may have a message that your film may be too long or does not comply with our contest rules. You DO have the opportunity, however, to make changes and resubmit your film. If it hasn't appeared within 48 hours after uploading, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: What kind of submissions is this contest looking for? 
A: We want all types of submissions – we hope we've created enough categories so that just about anything you create has a home in this contest. If not, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll figure out where to put it. 

Q: What are the age groups for judging? 
A: There are two age groups for this competition. All entries must be submitted by students either in the 6th - 8th grades for the 2010-2011 school year or students in the 9th - 12th grades for the 2010-2011 school year. If it was a cross-age, group effort, the entry needs to be submitted in the appropriate age group for the oldest group member. International participants are responsible for entering the equivalent age group. 

Q: What if my film is in another language other than English? 
A: Films must be presented in spoken English or subtitled in English. 

Q: What if I make a Music Video, but the music I use is not original? 
A: To enter a video in the Music Video category it must have original music. If the music you use is not original, (meaning it is on the radio or someone outside of the group creating the video did not create it), you may submit it to the Short Film Category instead. 

Q: What if my entry is slightly longer than 4 minutes? 
A: Unfortunately, we can't budge on the 4-minute time limit. If we receive a work longer than 4 minutes, we will only review and evaluate the first 4 minutes and nothing more. If your film is well over the 4-minute mark (ie. 5 minutes or more), it will be removed from the competition. 

Q: Does it matter if my entry has been submitted elsewhere? 
A: No, but if the piece is currently available to view on the Internet, then we would like for you to tell us where it is for our records. 

Q: May I submit a version of my entry that is already online (Quicktime, etc.)? 
A: Yes, but you must upload the film via the submission website. 

Q: Do all entries have to be submitted by a team of students? 
A: No. We accept entries by both student teams and individual students. 

Q: If my film fits more than one category, which one do I enter it in? 
A: It's your choice, but films may only be entered in a single category. For example, if you make a funny video, you can decide if you would like to enter it as a comedic creation or as a short film. However, you cannot submit it as both. 

Q: Oh crud! I miss a deadline. What do I do? 
A: No promises, but email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and plead your case.

If your question is not answered here, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and allow up to 48 hours for a response, but we'll probably get back to you sooner.