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Access Granted Video Shorts 2013 Contest


Your Mission

In the Access Granted Video Contest you will create a scholarly, original performance or mashup video that may be freely available online and is free for others to use (and if you choose, reuse) —or Open Access. The concept of the video is of your choice, but it must be well presented. One cash prize will be awarded for the best video from each category and winning videos will be added to Open Scholarship, a repository service of Washington University in St. Louis Libraries to provide free access to the scholarly output of the university. 


Choose to create a video from one of the three following categories:

  • Scholarly Video - like a Ted Talk, present research findings, the maker’s or another scholar using Open Access scholarly sources
  • Original Performance - record your own performance or work
  • Video mashup - rework OA music, visual (static or moving) images etc.


All current Washington University in St. Louis undergraduate and graduate students may participate.


One video entry can be submitted per student.

All videos must:

  • be 5 minutes or less
  • contain open access content (which is available for reuse), public domain materials or original content only
  • attribute all sources and contributors in the credits
  • contain a Creative Commons (CC) License. Read about and choose a CC License.
  • be one of these file types: mp4, wmv, mov


    1. Subject line: Submission for Access Granted 2013
    2. A description and the purpose of your video
    3. Your school or major and graduating year
    4. Optional: How/where did you hear about Access Granted 2013 contest?


A $500 cash prize will be awarded for the best video in each category.


What's happening when!

Contest Opens


September 9th

Submission Period Closes


October 14th

Judges Deliberation Ends


October 21st

Winners and Runners-Up Shown


October 21st - 24th

Winners Announced (and shown)


October 25th

Videos Added to Open Scholarship


Soon after


  • All content is subject to the guidelines established by the WUSTL Undergraduate Student Academic Integrity Policy and the GSAS Academic and Professional Integrity Policy for Graduate Students.

  • WU Libraries reserves the right to disqualify submissions that are deemed inappropriate or offensive.

  • By submitting a video to the Access Granted: Video Shorts contest, you are granting WU Libraries a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to reproduce, republish, transmit, distribute, or otherwise use the submitted video and its content for non-commercial purposes and inclusion in the WU Open Scholarship institutional respository.


Please direct your questions to members of the committee