SEVA Contest Information
Open to all students in the Sacramento Region (K-20), the Student Educational Video Awards (SEVA) contest celebrates the talents and visions of student video producers. The SEVAs are coordinated by the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) and sponsored in-part by Comcast and the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission. The contest is free to enter for all Sacramento County schools.
The entry deadline for SEVA 2020 was February 28, 2020.
For information about this year’s SEVA Award Night: secctv.org/seva/award-night.
- How to Enter
- Grade Levels
- Judging Rubrics
- Copyright Info
- Tech Requirements
- Release Form
Step 1: Create your video and have all of your talent and producers sign Release Forms.
Step 2: Caption your video and download your .SRT or .SBV file to submit with your entry.
Step 3: Complete the SEVA Entry Form, being sure to check your spelling, proper capitalization and punctuation.
[The contest is free for Sacramento County schools. Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba County schools are welcome to enter for $10 per entry.]
Step 4: Once you submit your entry form, your teacher will receive an email confirmation.
Step 5: Print your email confirmation and have your teacher sign it.
Step 6: Deliver your complete SEVA entry packet including all of the items listed below to the SECC office by the entry deadline:
• Producer Release(s)
• Talent Release(s)
• Printed Proof of Copyright Information / Licensing Permissions
• Captioning File (.SRT or .SBV)
• Media (YouTube Link or USB drive)
• Signed email confirmation
Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC)
4630 Northgate Blvd. Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95834
You may also upload your paperwork to Dropbox using the link provided in the confirmation email once you submit the entry form.
Step 7: Last step! Come to the SEVA Award Night to walk the red carpet, meet fellow producers and find out if your video wins.
Note: In fairness to all – LATE ENTRIES OR PAPERWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED – NO EXCEPTIONS.
This category includes productions that may contain fictional content, humor, animation, book trailers, music videos or any program that has an educational message and does not fit into the other four categories. [Creative Expression Examples]
Campus news stories, full broadcasts or coverage of a school event. Please note: School Newscast & News Story are separated for the entry process. They will be judged with separate rubrics, but they will compete against each other in the overall “School News” category. [School News Examples]
Rubrics for 2020
Creative Expression Rubric (Google Sheet)
Documentary Rubric (Google Sheet)
Instructional Rubric (Google Sheet)
Public Service Announcement Rubric (Google Sheet)
School Newscast (Google Sheet)
School News Story (Google Sheet)
The rubrics are view only documents. To modify a rubric, you can go to File > Make a copy and save it to your Google account to customize the document.
New for 2020: Closed Captioning Requirement
In an effort to be fully inclusive of all viewers, SEVA 2020 requires producers to close caption their entry and submit the captioning file (.SRT) with their entry data. This will allow all viewers to fully understand your video, regardless of a linguistic barrier or hearing impairment. The captioning process is quick and free through the captioning tools on YouTube.
Releases & Copyright
Since the SEVAs are cablecast on television and presented online, entries must contain only originally produced video, graphics, images, animation, music and sound. If you include any copyrighted materials, your entry MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PERMISSION WAIVERS from the copyright holder to include those in your SEVA video or Creative Commons Licensing obtained from their sources. ALL VIDEO, PHOTOS & MUSIC MUST BE ORIGINAL or proof of permission to use the copyrighted elements must be provided. Videos that contain unauthorized copyrighted elements will be disqualified from the contest. SECC’s policy may be different than your school/district policy.
It’s a Student Video Contest
Students must produce their videos with MINIMAL parental and teacher involvement. Any indication that major amounts of the video were produced by adults and not the student will result in the video being disqualified from the contest.
Judges reserve the right to not award a SEVA in any category or to disqualify an entry that doesn’t follow the SEVA rules (such as incomplete releases, copyright infringement, late entry, excessive teacher/parent involvement). Each year, we have disappointed students and teachers due to this rule. Please double check your entry form and video to assure compliance.
Closed CaptioningIn an effort to be fully inclusive of all viewers, SEVA requires producers to close caption their entry and submit the captioning file (.SRT or .SBV) with their entry data. This will allow all viewers to fully understand your video, regardless of a linguistic barrier or hearing impairment. The captioning process is quick and free through the captioning tools on YouTube. We’ve created a short instructional video to explain the process: Closed Captioning with YouTube. You can also view the instructions in handout form.
SEVA Entries Must Use Only Copyright-Free Materials
If you include any elements (video, photos, graphics and/or music) not created by you, your entry MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PERMISSION WAIVERS from the copyright holder or provide Creative Commons Licensing obtained from their sources. Several music providers require a paid license for playback on cable TV (BenSound, Freeplay Music, Epidemic Sound, AudioJungle, Purple Planet and others). NCS, No Copyright Sounds and Youtube Music Library tracks are not allowed in the SEVAs. All video, photos, graphics and music must be original or proof of permission to use the copyrighted elements must be provided prior to the entry deadline.
Entries that contain unauthorized copyrighted elements will be disqualified from the contest. SECC’s policy may be different than your school/district policy. For SEVA, SECC policies apply since entries are cablecast on television and presented online.
Approved Music Sources:
Create your own music
Incompetech Creative Commons (must credit)
Not sure? Ask us prior to entering the contest.
Cite Your Sources & Secure Permission for Images & Videos
Many SEVA entries include facts and information about a particular topic. Whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to the work of another, you are required to cite its source. During your show or in the credits, be sure to cite where your information came from, just as you would do a bibliography for a paper. If you use images or videos that you did not shoot yourself, you need to get written permission from the copyright holder to include those in your SEVA video.
SEVA entries can be submitted in several different ways:
+ Youtube Link (preferred)
+ Quicktime digital file (.MOV) on a USB drive. Please be sure to name your file the same as your entry name.
+ Captioning File (.SRT or .SBV) on a USB drive or upload with your entry information. Please be sure to name your .SRT or .SBV file the same as your video entry name.
+ Quicktime File Format (.MOV)
+ Video Compression: .H264
+ Acceptable frame sizes: 1920×1080
+ Frame Rate: 29.97 fps (Important!)
+ Target Bit Rate: 5.00+ Mbps
+ Audio Compression: AAC or Uncompressed
+ Audio Quality: 320 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo or Mono
Be sure to check your file prior to submission to make sure it’s the best possible quality and plays properly. Videos can be submitted in languages other than English, but must contain English subtitles.
USB drives will be returned with the judging reports at Award Night.
Talent & Producer Releases
As a producer, you need to have the permission of each person in your video. Get your talent (and their parents) to sign releases before you start shooting so that you know they can be in your video. As producer, you will also need to have a release signed.