Contest Rules | 2024 Victoria Forum Video Contest

Submissions Accepted: Monday July 15, 2024 – Wednesday, July 24, 2024

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Contest Rules


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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 The competition will challenge students to produce original, unpublished videos sharing experiences and perspectives to inspire efforts to build trust for a shared future.

Contest Theme & Expectations

In our inter-dependent world, a pervasive and increasing crisis of trust hinders progress and complicates our path forward. The Victoria Forum calls for collective action to combat the erosion of trust that has already occurred and build trust across the various divides that are hampering collective action. The Victoria Forum is looking for original videos that inspire efforts to build and rebuild trust. Entries should describe opportunities to drive change, as well as illuminate relevant causes of diminishing trust.

Contest organizers are seeking entries that are richly contextualized and real. Most importantly, they are seeking essays that have the potential to shift the conversation in meaningful ways and foster collective action.


  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.

Entry Process & Submission Deadline

  1. To enter the contests, eligible entrants must upload their video in accordance with the instructions on the contest page.
  2. Videos must be submitted by the deadline of Wednesday, 24 July.

Submission Criteria

  1. Videos must be no longer than three (3) minutes in length.
  2. Videos must open with a 5-second “title screen” that includes the following information:
    1. Video Title
    2. Names of all Team Members
    3. For each Team Member, University where Enrolled & Country Location
  3. Videos must be submitted in English, or in another language with English subtitles included. 
  4. All video content must be original and created by the student or team of students submitting the entry.
  5. Videos submitted, distributed, or published (in part or in whole) through any other channel other than the contest submission portal are ineligible..  
  6. All individuals appearing in the video must be team members who have given their permission, through the registration portal, for the video to be entered into the contest. 
  7. Each participant or team can submit only one video.

Content Guidelines

  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. 

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.

Winner Announcement

  1. The hosts (GBSN and the Victoria Forum) reserve the right not to select a winner or to select less than five top finalists, if, in the hosts’ sole determination, sufficient eligible or qualified entries are not received.
  2. Top FIVE finalists will be announced on 6 August. If the Top FIVE finalists cannot be reached within three (3) days following the first attempt at contact via the email address provided by the entrant when registering, or if the finalist does not comply with required verifications and/or agree to terms and conditions, GBSN and the Victoria Forum reserve the right to select an alternate finalist. 
  3. The Winner will be announced on Monday, 26 August. If a winner cannot be reached within 5 (five) days following the first attempt at the contact via the email address provided by the entrant, or if the winner declines the prize, GBSN and the Victoria Forum reserve the right to award the prize to another finalist.
  4. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible submissions received and the evaluation of the eligible and qualified videos by the judging panel.

Rights and Usage

  1. You grant GBSN and the Victoria Forum a non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable, worldwide, transferable, perpetual license to:
    1. Use, copy, adapt, communicate, distribute, publicly display and create compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any video or document you submit as an entry to this contest (including any caption you have posted with your video); and
    2. Use your name, city and country of residence, university affiliation, and/or any statements made by you in connection with your entry and you irrevocably waive all moral rights to your video in favor of GBSN and the Victoria Forum.
  2. You represent and warrant that you have the right to grant the license set out in section above.
  3. The license you grant permits GBSN and the Victoria Forum to:
    1. Cut, reformat, rearrange and/or combine your video with other materials and/or to otherwise modify your video.
    2. Use your video or a modified version of your video in GBSN or the Victoria Forum promotional materials.
    3. Share your video or any version of your video as edited by GBSN or the Victoria Forum, on any social media.

Other Conditions

  1. By entering this contest, you declare that you have complied with all of these rules and met all eligibility requirements.
  2. Your participation in this contest is solely at your own risk. You are solely responsible for all costs you incur to take any video and to enter this contest.
  3. GBSN and the Victoria Forum are not responsible for any technical issues, corrupted files, or other problems that may arise during the submission process.
  1. GBSN and the Victoria Forum will use personal information collected from entrants to administer this contest and to carry out the promotional activities allowed by the license granted in these Rules. GBSN and the Victoria Forum will not otherwise share personal information relating to entrants with any third parties, except as may be required by law. GBSN and the Victoria Forum will not attempt to contact any entrants for any other purpose than as set out in these Rules unless the entrant has consented to receive relevant communications from GBSN and the Victoria Forum. 
  2. Unethical behavior, including but not limited to plagiarism or academic dishonesty, will automatically lead to the disqualification of the team, as well as banning from future GBSN and/or Victoria Forum hosted competitions for a period of time to be determined by GBSN, and notification of the academic representatives of the school.
  3. GBSN and the Victoria Forum reserve the right to amend these rules or to terminate the contest at any time without any liability to any contestant or third party. Any amendments to these contest rules and regulations will be posted on the contest.

Release and Hold Harmless

  1. By participating, entrants agree to release and hold harmless GBSN, the Victoria Forum, and any of their representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, directors, volunteers, and affiliates from any and all liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from:
  1. Such entrant’s participation in this contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof.
  2. Technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment.
  3. The unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service.
  4. Unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest.
  5. Electronic or human error in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries.