Word Festival

The CITL, along with campus and local K12 partners, held the fourth annual Fall 2019 Word Festival vocabulary video competition during the entire month of October.  

The 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 (click to DOWNLOAD), and definitions must be derived and cited from Merriam-Webster OnlineCambridge Dictionary Online, or Dictionary.com.

In addition, there is a FOREIGN LANGUAGE category as well as dictionaries for music and medical fields!! Rules are the same, see guidelines below for specifics and an example video. Word resources for Spanish, German and other languages to be used:

- 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 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 is not permitted.
8. Videos must be uploaded to Vimeo.com to be considered (participants will provide the URL in the submission form).

*COMS classes submitting long-form entries must have a duration between 1:58 and 2 minutes.

Once your video is uploaded to Vimeo, fill out your online submission form.

Fall 2019 Awards


First Place (tie): Gloat - Benjamin H
First Place (tie): Scaffold - Lydia P
Runner-Up: Muddled - Ben S
Runner-Up: Killjoy - Joshua O
Runner-Up: Paradox by Nola W
Honorable Mention: Embezzlement (best use of definition) by Blen A
Honorable Mention: Whimsical (best use of props) by Natalie G


First Place (tie): Prologue by Cassidy Callister
First Place (tie): Circumlocution by Owen Saunders
Runner-Up: Paranoia
- Kyran Williams


First Place: Uppi (German) - Ellie S
Runner-up: Procuration (French) - Mattox A


First Place (tie): Asunder - Eilish Bailey
First Place (tie): Insomnia - Dawson Fox, D'Malyah Lewis, Kaily Ryan, Shaeleah Whorley
Runner-Up: Natty - Natalie Gregory, Roque Aguon, Trinity Massey, Jordan Cowart, Amoni Spears
Runner-Up: Reminisce - Lainie Myers, Julia Tivvis, Hannah Hudson,Tori Archer, Shala Do
Honorable Mention: Transitory (Best use of Word) - Vanessa, Alex, Nathan, Shi, Rachel
Honorable Mention: Gawk (Best Camera Movement) - Vanessa, Alex, Nathan, Shi, Rachel
Honorable Mention: Natty (Best Dressed) - Natalie Gregory, Roque Aguon, Trinity Massey, Jordan Cowart, Amoni Spears
Honorable Mention: Unison (Best Creativity) - Emma Theuissen
Honorable Mention: Iridescent (Best Camera Work) - Raeann Holt, Samantha Gregory
Honorable Mention: Chaotic (Best Acting) - Megan Gray

First Place (tie): Staccato - Hudson Crowe, Adelyn Keenan, Marvin Peterson, Ryan Watson, Milo Wilson
First Place (tie): Klangfarbenmelodie - Regan Blume, Graham Conway, Ayla Douglas, Bethany Dye, Noah Greenberg, Van Hofmann, Kyler Jackson, Megan Kon, Samuel Mackian, Alison Moody, Elisha Moyer, Tatiyana Nikolaev, Marjorie Price, Matthew Rhoten, Milo Wilson
Runner-Up: Rallentando - Thomas Marchon, Myles Thomas, Austin Eichelberger
Runner-Up: Tutti - Caity Dotson, Kaitlyn Bragg, Seth Shepard, Kacey Clarke, Jessica Gahafer