Instructions: Creative Storm Video Contest

Ready to enter? Here's what to do:

  1. The first rule is to follow all the rules. If any of the rules are ignored, your video cannot be one of the finalists, though it might still be added to the library.
  2. The concept you cover can be for any grade level.
  3. The instructional portion of the video can be no longer than 90 seconds. You may use up to another 60 seconds for credits.
  4. Follow the very specific rules related to the use of copyrighted content. Any image or music used in the video must be copyright friendly; e.g., made by the student/teacher or taken from specified websites. Many entries in previous contests ignored this rule, and good videos were unable to be considered as finalists.
  5. All media used must be properly cited in credits at the end. Click the link for more specific instructions for each type of media and a format for citations.
  6. Because these videos will be freely available online, you will need release forms for anyone identifiable appearing in the video. Release forms are not to be sent to Next Vista; students should give these to the teacher, who will confirm in the online entry form that he or she has signed release forms for anyone identifiable appearing in the video. You may use release forms we make available if your school does not already have something similar that parents approve related to content posted online.
  7. The finished video should be less than 40MB in size, and can be in any of the following formats: .avi, .m4v, .mov, .mp4, or .wmv. If you don't know how to check the size or file format, ask someone to help you. Here is a video about how to find file size in Windows.
  8. The filename should follow a specific format and must match the information included in the online entry forms. The format is the name of the video with the name of the video editor (or the person identified as the leader of a group), and all words should be separated by the underscore character. For example, if the video is called "Cell Division" and by a student named Maria Cortez (we'll also assume it is an .mp4 file), then the name would be: Cell_Division_by_Maria_Cortez.mp4
  9. One may enter as many videos as one wishes, but each one will require an entry form. For students, a verification form from the teacher. See the navigation links on the right to access the forms.
  10. Videos eligible for the finalist round will be scored using these scoring guidelines.

Submitting Videos

Each video and the proper entry form(s) must be submitted by 11:59p on Friday, December 18, 2015. There is a small bonus in scoring for those videos submitted by 11:59p on Friday, November 20, 2015.

We use DROPitTOme for video submissions, so it's easy for you to get a video into our hands. Here's the process:

  1. Make sure you named your video properly (see the rules for guidelines).
  2. Go to:
  3. When prompted for a password, use: videodrop
  4. Upload your 40MB or smaller video.

If you have trouble with the above, you may also post the video to and include the link in your answers to the entry form. Please do not submit videos as attachments to email messages. If you have questions, contact us at

We are unable to check each entry for rule violations ahead of the deadline. Check the rules carefully (feel free to use this checklist), and if you have questions about specific rules, send them to We will provide feedback as we are able.

All videos created as part of this contest which meet quality standards for will be highlighted in the Next Vista for Learning online library, and the finalists will be promoted in our monthly international newsletter.