2024 Victoria Forum Video Contest

Deadline to Submit: Wednesday, July 31, 2024


Email competitions@gbsn.org for more information.

Building Trust for a Shared Future

What is the Victoria Forum?

The Victoria Forum, hosted by the University of Victoria and the Senate of Canada, promotes constructive, evidence-based dialogues across a broad spectrum of economic, environmental, and social issues. The Forum organizes critical events, facilitates meaningful discussions, enhances educational programs, and advances strategic initiatives in critical areas such as impact investing, regenerative capitalism, and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Initiatives align with the UN SDGs, especially related to SDG 16 – Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals. 

What is the Victoria Forum Video Contest?

The Victoria Forum Video Contest is a video contest hosted by the Global Business School Network (GBSN) and The Victoria Forum. The competition will challenge students to produce original, unpublished videos sharing experiences and perspectives to inspire efforts to build trust for a shared future.

Entries should describe opportunities to drive change, as well as illuminate the fault lines dividing local communities. Contest organizers and sponsors are seeking entries that are richly contextualized and real, including accounts of actual experiences and stories of courage, grit, and transformation. Most importantly, we are seeking videos that have the potential to shift the conversation in meaningful ways and foster collective action towards a more inclusive and sustainable world. That means videos should not only describe problems but also move us towards solutions.

Entries are accepted in each of the following four categories: 

Important Dates

July 22, 2024

Submission Portal Opens

July 31, 2024

Student Submission Deadline

August 5-14, 2024

Judging Period

August 15, 2024

Top 5 Submissions announced, Final Judging period begins.

August 25-27, 2024

Winner Announced


  1. The Victoria Forum Video Contest is open to all students who are enrolled at least part-time at a nationally accredited university in any country. Official verification will be requested for the Top FIVE entries. 
  2. Students can register as an individual or as a team. Teams may consist of up to three members. 
  3. For teams of multiple students, at least one student must register as the team leader who will be the point person for all communications related to the contest. Each team member must also individually register and accept the terms of the contest prior to submitting a video.
  4. There is a limit of one submission per student, regardless of whether the student is registering solo or as a member of a multi-student team.

GBSN Membership is not required to participate. There is no charge to participate in the competition.


  1. Videos must adhere to the theme: Building Trust for a Shared Future
  2. Content must be appropriate for all audiences and must not contain any offensive or inappropriate material, including but not limited to: offensive language and/or symbols, promotion of illegal or inappropriate activity, nudity and/or sexual behavior. 
  3. Videos must not contain any third-party copyrighted material (e.g., music, images, footage) unless the participant has obtained the necessary rights and permissions.
  4. Participants must not use any trademarks, logos, or brand names other than those of the sponsoring organization(s) without permission.
  5. Content must not invade the privacy of any person or include information that could identify any individual other than the registered team members. Defamatory or trade libelous statements are not permitted.
  6. Videos must not be in violation of any applicable law in the team member’s country (or team members’ countries) of origin, Canada, or the United States.
  7. GBSN and the Victoria Forum reserve the right, in their sole and conclusive discretion, to disqualify videos with content that is deemed objectionable and/or that fails to comply with the contest guidelines.


Cash Prize:

The 1st place winning team will be offered a 5,000 USD prize, minus any applicable transaction fees. The prize is sponsored by the Victoria Forum to be used towards continuing education or training. For a multi-student team, the prize funds will be distributed equally among the registered team members. 


All Top FIVE videos will be shared, highlighted and published for participants at the 2024 Victoria Forum. Top Five videos may also be posted through the communication channels of GBSN and the Victoria Forum, including websites, social media, & other media. Both organizations provide forums with an interdisciplinary and international audience. 

Submitting Your Video

Judging Criteria

  1. Entries will be judged based on creativity, relevance to the theme, video quality, and overall potential for impact, and other criteria as the judging panel determines to be relevant. 
  2. A panel of judges will use predetermined criteria to narrow the list of submitted, eligible entries down to the Top FIVE. 
  3. The Top Five videos will advance to the Finals Round to then be judged by an international Final Judges Panel. The Top 5 Videos and Contest Winner will be identified based on the dimensions stated above.
  4. All decisions made by the judges are final and binding.