2015 Short-video Competition – Evaluation Commission and competition rules

Evaluation Commission

María Magdalena Ruiz Mejía, Secretary of Environment and Territorial Development, State of Jalisco, Mexico
Sanjeev Chatterjee, School of Communication, University of Miami, and Media for Change, Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Ana Laura Gamboggi, SENAC, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Cidoval Morais de Sousa, State University of Paraiba (UEPB), Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil

Competition rules

1. Participants. Participation is open to professionals and beginners, regardless of age, country or language.

2. Language. The official languages of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network are English, Portuguese, and Spanish. In cases where the original version of the video is in a different language, we require subtitles in any of three official languages of the Network.

3. Themes. The competition proposes three themes for the videos. It is possible to address more than one theme in a video, but one of the proposed three themes must receive priority.

Theme 1Water and violence. This theme points to diverse forms of violence connected with the politics and management of water, from the forced displacement of populations to build large water infrastructures, the impact, often deadly, of “natural” disasters de facto caused by human activities, the social impact of water policies that generate inequality and injustice, etc. This theme is linked to the Network’s Thematic Area 10, TA10 Water and Violence.

Theme 2Water and the failure of the politics of development. This theme is linked to with the theme of the VII Meeting of the Network.

Theme 3. Art, Communication, Culture and Education in relation to water politics and management. This is theme of the Network’s Thematic Area 7, TA7 Art, Communication, Culture and Education, and will allow greater flexibility to the participants. Nevertheless, the videos must clearly address the Network’s objectives and research priorities.

4. Categories. The videos can be presented in the following categories: 1) Animation 2) Documentary 3) Interview 4) Fiction 5) Open category (it can include educational materials, journalistic research, etc.).

5. Criteria. Contribution to the Network’s objectives and research priorities Consistency with the theme chosen (point 3) Pertinence to the category (point 4) Conceptual consistency Clarity of the message Quality of production Visual aesthetics. Reach of the message (range of publics addressed, etc.).

6. Duration. The videos will have a maximum length of 15 minutes.

7. Format. Digital media in one of the following formts: .MOV; .MPEG4; .AVI; .WMV; .MPEGPS; .FLV; .3GPP; .WebM


8. Presentation. Those interested in participating in the Competition must send an e-mail the  WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network’s Secretariat, with the following information:

1) Complete name of the author/s of the video

2) Complete name of the contact person

3) Complete contact details of the contact person (full address, city, country, telephone, e-mail)

4) Title, category, and date of production of the proposed video

5) Indicate if the video has been submitted for evaluation to other competitions

6) Indicate if the video has been awarded a prize in other competitions

7) Important: videos produced before 1 January 2013 or videos that have already been awarded a prize cannot participate in the main competition but will be included in a competition for an honour mention

8) Short abstract of the topic covered by the video, including language, duration, format, etc.

9) Declaration of authorship. By submitting their video to the competition the author/s automatically declare to be authors of the work and that it is not subject to any third-party property rights. The WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network reserves the right to exclude from the competition those videos that do not comply with this requirement, at any moment, including after the final decision if any evidence emerges of anomalies with regard to the work’s property rights. The author/s are fully responsible for any problems caused by violations to authors’ rights in their videos.

10) After receiving this document we will inform the authors how to transfer the video file online.


9. Deadline. The reception of videos for the Competition closed on 30 June 2015.

10. Rights of dissemination. The WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network reserves the right to use the videos presented to the Competition in its activities of education, research, public debate, and any other relevant activities. All the activities of the Network are non-profit. This does not infringe the rights of the authors to the acknowledgement of their authorship.  The WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network uses the Creative Commons – Attribution license and publishes its videos in its Youtube Channel.

11. Evaluation and award process. The WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network will nominate an evaluation panel composed by five (5) members, of whom at least four (4) will be experts in the area and at least one (1) will be external to the Network. The results of the evaluation will be communicated during August 2015. The official, public communication of the result took place at the VII Annual Meeting of the Network, 19-23 October 2015, Guadalajara, Mexico.


For more details or to ask for clarification please send an e-mail to WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network’s Secretariat.