Our Avid “Be.Inspired” Student Contest is offering media students a chance to show off their editorial excellence, creativity and storytelling skills. Import, edit, render and export your project in Media Composer and tell us the story of what truly inspires you.
Use Avid Media Composer to edit your film (download your 30-day free trial), incorporate “what inspires you” in your film to make your entry valid, and upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
As of today, you can enter your submission for a chance to win top prizes, including a trip to London to spend the day with a well-known editor and a tour of the famous Pinewood Studios.
To enter this contest, provide us with a valid Student ID and your contact information. Don’t forget to include a link to your film so it can be viewed by our judges. All entries must be submitted before the closing date, 15th November 2015, and the winners will be announced on 1st December 2015.
Currently, the Avid Student Contest is only open to students in the EMEA Region and India, which includes countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as India. Make sure to read our Terms and Conditions before participating.
Win These Fantastic Prizes
A trip to London to meet a well-known editor and a tour of Pinewood Studios
Spend the day in London, learning hints, tips and tricks with a top editor, to really hone your skills. After, take a tour around Pinewood Studios, home to some of the biggest film productions.
A year-long subscription of “Inside the Edit” and a copy of Avid Media Composer
We’re giving away a year’s online subscription to Inside the Edit to keep your skill set growing. You’ll hone your new editing skills with a complimentary copy of Avid Media Composer.
A copy of Avid Media Composer or Pro Tools Software
Choose between Avid Media Composer or Pro Tools to help boost your creativity. Get hands on with industry standard software that’s used to make everything from blockbusters, to TV adverts.
Meet the Judges
Our judges are experts in their field, who have worked on some of the biggest films, TV programs, and adverts around the world:
ACE Eddie award-winning editor
Anne-Sophie Bion is a French film editor best known for her work in the 2011 silent film, The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing.
Founder, Inside The Edit
Paddy Bird has edited dozens of prime time documentary, entertainment shows for British and American television. He has worked on various seasons of format shows including X Factor, Big Brother and Secret Millionaire, while at the same time editing high-end political, historical and observational documentaries.
Key Editor to Wim Wenders
Starting out as sound designer and working on music videos, Toni is now working on commercials for large brands as well as videos for well-known bands. He’s also key editor to Wim Wenders. Toni worked on Pina, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012.
BAFTA award-winning editor
Mick is a British film and television editor with more than 30 film credits including High Fidelity, Twelve Monkeys and soon to be released Everest. Mick was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing for Dangerous Liaisons and BAFTA TV Award winner for The Snapper.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Please submit your video via the upload function on the contest website. You can choose from the supported upload formats in YouTube or Vimeo. Feel free to upload your project in HD or even 4K so the jury can enjoy and watch your film in superior quality—after all Media Composer now supports full 4K workflows!
Your video submission should not exceed 2 minutes. One of the skills of a good editor is to tell a story within a certain time frame. Keep it short and interesting.
Yes, it’s ok to form a group of up to 2 people. Each of them will have to provide their student credentials. Only one email contact is accepted, but you may highlight in the ‘Tell us about your video’ box that you’ve been working as a team and list the other team members.
Yes, this is the motto of the contest. Please express what inspiration means to you, what inspires you … It can be included outspoken, as a sign, as a subtitle, headline … you name it.
The final three winners will be announced on 1st December 2015 on the Avid Student Contest Website and through an Avid press release.
First prize: A trip to London to meet a well-known film editor as well as visit the famous Pinewood Studios (for further details, please refer to the contest terms & conditions
Second prize: A year-long subscription of “Inside the Edit” training courses as well as a copy of Media Composer software
Third prize: A copy of either Avid Media Composer (Perpetual License + 1 year Upgrade and Support Plan) or Avid Pro Tools software (Perpetual License + 1 year Upgrade and Support Plan).
We work with a jury of 4 internationally renowned editors from UK, France and Germany. They have worked on high-level and partially Oscar-winning films and have a lot of experience to judge on the best three submissions.
Anne-Sophie Bion – ACE Eddie Award Winner, Academy Award Nominee, Cesar Award Nominee, BAFTA Award Nominee
Mick Audsley – BAFTA Award Winner, just finished the editing for Everest
Toni Froschhammer – Key editor to Wim Wenders; worked on Pina that was nominated for an Academy Award
Paddy Bird – Acclaimed TV Editor and Founder of Inside the Edit
The selection criteria will be:
- Originality + Creativity
- Editorial Excellence
- Great Story Telling
Each student can only submit one entry.
All countries in the EMEA region, which includes Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, except for countries that are under embargo. Submissions must be uploaded no later than midnight on 13th September 2015 GMT.
Unfortunately – no. You have to be at least 18 years old in order to participate in the contest.
Yes, you can use stock footage, but you will have to make sure that all rights are cleared. In general, all content in your video will have to have cleared rights before you submit it. Original music is preferred; all other music should have proper clearance and use of rights. Submissions will be rejected when violating these terms of intellectual property and rights. Avid is not responsible for any content.
Yes, only students with a valid student ID and a minimum age of 18 years are allowed to participate.
Yes, as long as you can submit a valid student ID, you can participate in the contest.
Currently the contest is restricted to students residing in countries of the EMEA Region and India. The EMEA Regions includes Europe, Middle East and Africa. We might extend the contest beyond that region at a later stage.