Instructions: Creative Storm 2018 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 filename must 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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 14, 2018. There is a small bonus in scoring for those videos submitted by 11:59p on Friday, November 16, 2018.

We use YouTube for video submissions in order to facilitate feedback and formatting. Here's the process:

  1. Upload your video to any YouTube account. While or after doing so, choose the "unlisted" privacy option.
  2. Send the link to the resulting YouTube page to You might try opening the link in another browser just to make sure what you expect to show up indeed does. Additionally, please put the name of the video in the subject line of that email, as doing so will help us do a better job of tracking your entry.
  3. Wait for word from us that we've reviewed the video. Typically, we identify ways that you can strengthen it, or perhaps changes that need to be made so that the video follows the rules and can be considered. We want your video to be as strong as it can be!

If YouTube is not an option for you, please write us at with suggestions for how you would like to share it, or with questions if you aren't sure.

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.