Tell Us the Story of What Truly Inspires You and Win Fantastic Prizes With the Avid Student Contest

By in Education, Video Editing

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:

Anne-Sophie Bion
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.

Paddy Bird
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.

Toni Froschammer
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.

Mick Audsley
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)

In what format should I submit my film?

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!

How long should my film be?

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.

Can I work on the project with a team?

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.

Do I need to incorporate the word/phrase 'inspiration' in my video?

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.

When will the winners be announced?

The final three winners will be announced on 1st December 2015 on the Avid Student Contest Website and through an Avid press release.

What are the prizes to win?

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).

Who selects the winners?

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

What are the selection criteria to pick the best videos?

The selection criteria will be:

  • Originality + Creativity
  • Editorial Excellence
  • Great Story Telling

How many entries can I submit for the contest?

Each student can only submit one entry.

Which countries qualify for contest participation?

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.

Can I enter the contest, if I'm under 18 years old?

Unfortunately – no. You have to be at least 18 years old in order to participate in the contest.

Can I use stock footage for my video?

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.

Can only students participate in the contest?

Yes, only students with a valid student ID and a minimum age of 18 years are allowed to participate.

Can students from a evening school or adult education class participate?

Yes, as long as you can submit a valid student ID, you can participate in the contest.

Why is the contest regionally restricted?

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.

Your imagination is set with no boundaries. Import, edit, render and export your project in Media Composer and show us what you can do with 2 minutes.

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