I’ve never made a video before. Where do I start?

Don’t be intimidated! Some of the most viral videos are taken by people just like you, with simple cameras.

Can I ask someone for help?

Yes! Ask for opinions or help from others–get a few close friends to preview your video and be open to feedback

Can I use a video I’ve created for another project?

We want everyone to have a fair chance for this contest, so we’re looking for original content. Your submission cannot have been previously published, submitted, distributed, or aired prior to putting it on YouTube for this contest.

How does the judging work?

All entries will be judged by a panel of Inspire Short Film Contest judges. Two rounds of judging will take place. During the first round, the panel of judges will narrow down the entries to the top 10 videos. The 10 finalist videos will be eligible for the Grand Prize and Honorable Mention Prize, and Fan Favorite awards will be determined by popularity vote. Inspire Short Film Contest judges will pick the Grand Prize winner (receiving $1,500) and one Honorable Mention winner (receiving $500). The Fan Favorite winner (receiving $1,000) will be determined by votes on www.martinssamuelstudios.com.

When will the winners be announced?

The Fan Favorite winner will be announced on the Martins Samuel Studios social media channels in August. The Grand Prize winner and the Honorable Mention winners will be announced at an event and on the Martins Samuel Studios social media channels the same month. At the event, the Grand Prize winner is expected to attend and receive the award with remarks.

Can I win the Fan Favorite award and be chosen for the Grand Prize or Honorable Mention award?

That would be really cool, right? But we want to make sure we recognize as many incredible entries as possible, so your video submission is only eligible to win one prize. If a submission is chosen by the judging panel to win the Grand Prize or Honorable Mention and is also chosen by popular vote to be the Fan Favorite, the entrant will receive the prize with the higher cash amount and the judging panel will award the other prize to the entrant with the next best scores (either in the judged category or the Fan Favorite category, depending on which prize is forfeited by the winning entrant).