If a time limit is not specified, it remains at 7 minutes or less.


Show intros do NOT fit in any category. 


Animation: Characters created on film, video, or computer. Includes two and three-dimensional animation using clay, objects or models. MUST TELL A STORY!


Book Trailers: A video advertisement for a book which employs techniques similar to those of movie trailers.  If book covers are used, permission must be granted in writing by the copyright owner.  (Exception:  SSYRA titles)  Time limit:  60 seconds


Comedy: A humorous story. May incorporate comedic elements, such as misunderstandings, sight gags, or satire.


Documentary: Original programs that document real facts by providing a view of real events and people.


Drama:  Original programs that tell a story using emotion and feeling in a dramatic, creative, and colorful way.


Instructional Video: A program that that helps people learn something by giving instructions.


Music Video: Video pictures (still or live action) set to music. Score and/or lyrics can either be original or prerecorded. (Must abide by copyright law – no fair use)


News Feature: Any original news package that highlights a real event, i.e. interview, current event, sports update within a news show. Time limit:  2 minutes  (Show openings do not qualify.)


News Show: A school-wide informational show including various segments /packages (news features).  (Show openings do not qualify.)


PSA: A Public Service Announcement includes short messages which inform the public or changes public opinion, actions, or feelings. (60 sec. - absolute maximum)


Public Service Video: A video with a maximum length of 7 minutes that is intended to change public interest by raising familiarity of an issue, affecting public opinion, and fueling action.  An infomercial can be considered a public service video.