Please read this information booklet carefully before you submit your program.
If you have questions, contact Hometown Coordinator, Deborah Vinsel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-555-0108
All entries must be received by March 22, 2008.
Ship Entries to:
Entry Format Entries must be submitted on a DVD or a VHS tape recorded in standard play (SP) format. No other tape format will be accepted. MAKE SURE YOUR DVD IS FINALIZED!
Note: This is the last year we will accept VHS entries.
DVDs / Tapes will not be returned. DO NOT SEND MASTERS!
Label Your Entry
· ENTRY NUMBER (this is generated when you complete the on-line entry process)
· Program title
· Che category number & category name
· Producer division,
Non-member = $70 per entry.
Alliance Organizational Members Discount
Standard Category Entries
Each entry must be submitted on a separate tape /DVD and with a separate entry form. You must pay an entry fee for each entry submitted.One check may be sent for the total amount of all required fees.
Unless otherwise noted, all categories have a youth division, professional division and non-professional division.Check the appropriate producer division box on the entry form.
Please submit no more than 30 minutes of your program. For programs longer than 30 minutes, please submit 3 unedited excerpts of 10 minutes each – 10 continuous minutes from the beginning that includes the opening title sequence, 10 continuous minutes from the middle, and 10 continuous minutes from the end including the closing credits. Programs shorter than 30 minutes should be submitted in their entirety.
For Standard Categories, submit a single program. If you produce a series, submit a single episode. Compilations of multiple programs are not allowed for standard category entries.
Complete the entry form and support information questions available on-line at http://www.acmhometown.org/.
Overall Excellence Entries
The Overall Excellence divisions are based on the access organization’s annual operating budget:
(1) Under $200,000
(2) $200,001 to $499,999
(3) $500,000 or more.
At a minimum, Overall Excellence entries must include at least one unedited excerpt from each of at least six different programs that first aired between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007. The excerpts should be separated by black, a character-generated slate or a video bridge. The total running time must not exceed 30 minutes.
Complete the entry form and support information questions available on-line at www.acmhometown.org
Do not send any information or materials other than those required on the entry form.
Youth entries are judged with other youth entries, professionals are judged with other professionals, and non-professionals with other non-professional entries. It is your responsibility to make sure your program is entered in the proper division.
Professional or Non-professional Division:
Use the worksheet below to determine your producer division.
Total cash budget for this program:
$0 = 0 pts.
$1 to $100 = 5 pts.
$101 to $1000 = 15 pts.
over $1000 = 25 pts.
In the past year, was the individual most responsible for the content of the production paid to produce this or any other video production? YES=10pts.
Was any of the video production work done:
1. At the access facility at a time when the access facilities and equipment were not available to other producers under the same circumstances. YES=5pts.
2. Using private facilities or equipment not available to other access producers? YES=5pts.
3. By a person other than the producer who was paid to do it, including access center staff as part of their assigned duties? YES=5pts.
4. All of the above YES=5pts.
In the past year, were any of the crew members (camera, audio, director, editor) paid any amount for work on this production or any other? YES=5 pts.
If your total score is 20 or more, you must enter as a professional.
Youth Division: Programs created by youth age 18 and younger. Adults may supervise the production but the overall direction, control of the production and all technical tasks (camera, directing, editing, sound, etc.) must be performed by the youth involved. Programs produced by youth may also be entered in the non-professional division of any category if the entry included significant participation or involvement by adults.
A panel of three judges will review entries in each category. A panel of five will judge Overall Excellence Awards. Judges may select more than one winner — or no winner at all. Judges may also award Honorable Mention awards to entries that do not win, but, which the judges feel have special merit.
Winners will be determined by: (1) how well the entry represents the qualities appropriate for its category; (2) the extent to which the programs develops and maintains viewer interest; (3) the match of program content to production format or style; (4) the unique or creative way the programs approaches its subject (5) technical competence; and (6) how effectively the program represents the intent of the producer as described in the support materials.
1. The DVD or tape is not viewable: audio is inaudible, video is unstable, tape recorded at wrong speed, DVD not ‘finalized’ or for any other technical reason. Judging sites will attempt to view on at least 2 machines before disqualifying.
2. An entry clearly violates a specific requirement of the category in which it is entered.
3. Any portion of the program was taped after December 31, 2007.
4. First cablecast of the entry was after December 31, 2007.
No refunds will be made for any entry that is disqualified or if any other error is made by the producers or submitters of any entries. A decision by the judging panel to disqualify an entry is final.