1st Annual

Ocean Inspiration: A tribute to Jacques Cousteau - 100 years

October 09, 2010 to October 10, 2010


100 seconds inspired by Jacques Cousteau


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
August 15, 2010
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately August 27, 2010

Shorts: maximum 2 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .FLV (Flash Video)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .FLV (Flash Video)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .WMV (Windows Media)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
Round trip air fare to New York.
Sponsor:Céline Cousteau
Value of Goods/Services: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

Online Video Contest
Contest Rules and Terms and Conditions

1. Background and Guidelines
In tribute to the 100th anniversary of Jacques Cousteau’s birth, we are looking for user-generated video submissions that pay tribute to the legacy of the famed explorer. A symbolic 100-second time limit will be imposed on all submissions, and filmmakers are encouraged to use the life, work and legacy of Jacques Cousteau as inspiration. Films may speak to current issues, reflect on past events or represent a personal statement. We are looking for innovative ways to communicate the thoughts, feelings, views of the filmmaker- personal accounts, simple or complex visuals, artistic interpretations. Be creative!

Who can enter?
The contest is open to anyone. We are interested in the strength of the content and true message of how you have been inspired and what that inspiration looks like- be it poetry, art, diving, pure visuals, a song, or a journey underwater.

2. Contest Prizes
A selection of 20 entries will be chosen and used to create a montage of tributes. Each of these winning submissions will be premiered at the 100th celebration event in New York, on the website, and on the event’s Facebook page and YouTube channels. A grand prize will be awarded to the festival winner.

3. Contest Operators
Céline S. Cousteau and CauseCentric Productions a 501 (c)(3) non-profit.

4. Deadlines and restrictions
The contest will run from May 15, 2010 to August 15, 2010 (Submission period). Late entries will not be accepted. All submissions must be the original work of the Entrant. Entries will be void if they are incomplete, late, lost, damaged, or are not able to be viewed due to technical error. By entering, entrants acknowledge compliance with these Contest Rules, Terms and Conditions official rules including all eligibility requirements.

5. How to Enter
You may enter the Contest by completing the entry form found at:
Videos must be submitted utilizing Without A Box's Secure Online Screeners (SOS). Filmmakers can submit one SOS per project, free of charge -- additional SOS submissions for the same project can be made for $2.95 per submission.
Upon the selection of the 20 finalists, as determined by the judges, each contestant will be contacted via email and requested to send in Exhibition copies of their film to the festival by a deadline indicated in the email. If the Exhibition copy of the film is not received by the deadline the film will not be eligible for the grand prize and will not be included in the 100th celebration tribute montage.

Video requirements for Secure Online Screeners (SOS):
o .mpeg/.mpg (MPEG-2, MPEG-4), .mov, .flv/.f4v files, .wmv, .avi
o 2GB max file size
o 640x480 for standard definition 4:3 video, 853x480 for widescreen DV, or 1280x720 for high definition.
o 100 seconds maximum runtime (no minimum)
The submission may be in any language but the Contest Operators kindly request the addition of sub-titles to entries that are not in the English language.

Video requirements for Exhibition copies:
Exhibition copies of films are accepted in the following formats:
mpeg/.mpg (MPEG-2, MPEG-4), .mov, .flv/.f4v files, .wmv, .avi

No materials submitted for participation will be returned; do not send masters.

6. Judging
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
Projects will be judged based on artistic merit as well as their intent and ability to convey emotion. Technical restrictions will be considered to ensure equal opportunity for all entrants regardless of budget.
As of May 1, 2010 the list of judges, while subject to change, will be:
1. Céline S. Cousteau, CauseCentric Productions
2. Jen Galvin, Reel Blue LLC
3. Mike DeGruy, The Film Crew, Inc
4. Chris Palmer, School of Communication, American University
5. Matthew Ferraro, Ocean Futures Society

7. Entrant’s Representations
By entering, Entrant represents and warrants that the submitted video (i) is the Entrant’s original work, or that of the submitting team; (ii) satisfies these Contest Rules, Terms and Conditions; (iii) does not infringe on the intellectual property rights of anyone else; (iv) is not subject to any contract with a third party which may require the Contest Operators to pay a fee for use of the submitted video; and (v) contains no offensive content or content that will bring the Contest Operators into disrepute. Violation of these representations will result in disqualification.

8. Contest Limit
Entrant may enter the contest one (1) time during the Contest Period. Multiple Entrants are not permitted to share the same e-mail address. Any attempt by any Entrant to enter the Contest more than once by using same/multiple/different e-mail addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that Entrant’s entries and may lead to disqualification.

9. Review of Submission
The Contest Operators will review all submitted videos received. Decisions regarding eligibility are final and binding. The Contest Operators assume no responsibility for disputes between persons
claiming authorship of any submission.