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Student filmmakers urged to submit work for SPARKY Awards

Submission deadline is Oct. 31

Student filmmakers can now submit short, homemade videos for the 2008 SPARKY Awards, a contest promoting the open exchange of information. This year’s contest theme is “MindMashup: The Value of Information Sharing.”

Students may enter the BYU SPARKY Awards by posting their videos online and submitting a paper entry form, available at the Information Commons on the third floor of the Harold B. Lee Library. The submission deadline is Oct. 31. BYU’s winner will receive an iPod Touch and the winning entry will be shown at the library auditorium Nov. 14.

Entries for the national SPARKY Awards must be submitted at by Nov. 30. Three national winners will each receive a SPARKY Award statuette and $1,000.

Students may submit the same entry for both contests.

Students can visit the Media Lab (3330 HBLL) to check out video equipment and use multimedia computers. Multimedia computer stations can be reserved for up to five hours a day, and consultants are available to help with projects.

The SPARKY Awards are sponsored nationally by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) with additional co-sponsorship by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, Penn Libraries (at the University of Pennsylvania), Students for Free Culture and The Student Public Interest Research Groups.

Rules for the BYU SPARKY Awards and National SPARKY Awards are listed below.

The video must:

. Tie directly to this year’s theme.

• Have been completed between Jan. 1, 2008, and Oct. 31, 2008.

• Be narrated or subtitled in English.

• Be no longer than two minutes.

• Be posted on the Internet and available for public use under a Creative Commons license. Acceptable licenses include Attribution, Attribution-NonCommercial, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike, Attribution- ShareAlike and Public Domain.

For more information, visit, or contact Cyndee Frazier, HBLL multimedia specialist, at (801) 422-9192 or

Writer: Brady Toone

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