The CITL, along with campus and community partners, held the eighth annual Fall 2023 Word Festival vocabulary video competition throughout the month of October 2023. CITL welcomed Stephanie Hazelhoff (Communications, 2021) and Brooke Parish (Communications, 2021) as our alumni judges.
See below for info about the festival and to check out last year's winning entries.
The Word Festival contest involves students making short, live-action videos (20 seconds or less) in which they express the meaning of a particular word to the viewer. Words must be derived from an archived list of the New York Times Word Of The Day (DOWNLOAD archive PDF), and definitions must be derived and cited from Merriam-Webster Online, Cambridge Dictionary Online, or Dictionary.com.
In addition, there is a Foreign Language category as well as dictionaries for Music and Medical fields for classes seeking discipline-specific words. Students participating in those areas will be using one of the resource listed below to derive your word and definition. Rules are the same, see guidelines below for specifics and an example video. Students in both tiers can choose to participate in the main category or the foreign language category:
- Online Spanish Dictionary Word of the Day - peruse their Word of the Day feature to find an interesting word.
- Collins Dictionary - multiple foreign language translation features.
- Word Reference - multiple foreign language translation features.
- Langenscheidt's - online Germany dictionary with translations in 25 languages.
- Merrian Webster Medical - online medical dictionary.
- Oxford Dictionary of Music - users on campus can access online.
Guidelines and Submission
Participation guidelines are below, they are short and simple -- READ CAREFULLY!
1. Videos must be no more than 20 seconds
2. Video must be original and live-action (can have additional elements).
3. Each word must be displayed, pronounced and defined, and the part of speech given.
4. For words in a language other than English: the language should be given and the word should be displayed and pronounced in the language. Provide an English translation of the definition (subtitles may be used).
5. If there are several definitions, the first one is fine (though a second or third definition could be used as well).
6. Use your imagination. You can act the word out, dramatize it, use puppets, draw, sing a song, create a dance, write a skit, incorporate photographs, use claymation, stop-motion, or anything else that will help viewers understand and learn your word.
7. Commercially produced media and stock footage are not permitted.
8. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube.com to be considered (participants will provide the URL in the submission form, MAKE SURE it is viewable). You can make your upload 'unlisted' so that only those w/ the URL can see it. ALSO: submissions should be regular HD video, NOT a YouTube Short.
Once your video is uploaded to YouTube, fill out one of the online submission forms below by the deadline 11:59pm, 10/31/2023:
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM (link will go live 10/1/2023).
Fall 2023 Awards
Best Film: (TIE) Killjoy by Auggie
Best Film: (TIE) Lugubrious by Harper
Runner-Up: Eccentricity by Ella
Best Creativity: Scenario by Sophia
Best Creativity Runner-Up: Diversion by Codie and AJ
Best Acting: Ragamuffin by Juliette
Best Acting Runner-Up: Eccentricity by Ella
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Best Film: Delete by Kaitlyn McMurray, Kennedy Fender and Rebekah Schindler
Best Film Runner-Up (tie): Bait by Owen Greene
Best Film Third Place: Vendor by Liam Foster, Oliver Morries and Abriel-Kalob Bondurant
Honorable Mention: Cupidity by Alyssa Calfee
Honorable Mention: Embezzlement by JD Gubb and Miles Goff
Honorable Mention: Niggle by Hunter Crist and Lillian Dunn
Best Creativity: Gusto by Luke Gaither and Jill Grim
Best Creativity Runner-Up: Casual by Essiq Williams and Lillian Dunn
RADFORD UNIVERSITY DIVISION
Sweep Award*: Clairvoyant by Austin Tuggle
Best Film Runner-Up: Flounder by William Tyler Barrett
Best Film Third Place: Insomnia by Jenna May Repass
Best Film Honorable Mention: Cringe by Dajon James, Coni Sandoval and Kris Isquith
Best Film Honorable Mention: Shard by Isabella Walsh
* the Sweep Award is given on occasions when an entry takes top honors in all categories: Best Film, Best Acting, Best Use of Effects, Best Creativity, etc.