AEI's 2012 Video Contest

AEI's 2012 Video Contest

At the American Enterprise Institute, we recognize that free enterprise isn’t an economic alternative – it’s a moral imperative. 

But free enterprise needs defenders. That’s why AEI is proud to announce a $50,000 video contest. We’re calling on everyone who loves America’s system of free enterprise to submit a short video (under two minutes) that sets forth its worth -- not on the basis of political ideology or economic efficiency, but on the basis of simple moral truths, namely:

  • Free enterprise promotes earned success, which is the substance of lasting happiness.
  • Free enterprise promotes real fairness, based on merit and hard work.
  • Free enterprise does the most good for the most vulnerable by supplying both ample charity and unmatched opportunity.
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    These themes are consonant with AEI’s mission and central to our multi-year campaign called the Road to Freedom Project.

    Prizes
    1st prize: $40,000
    2nd prize: $7,500
    3rd prize: $2,500

    Judges
    Finalists will be judged by a panel that includes:

  • S.E. Cupp – author of "Losing Our Religion," New York Daily News columnist and GBTV host
  • Jonah Goldberg – American Enterprise Institute fellow, author of "The Tyranny of Clichés" and nationally syndicated columnist
  • Kristina Kendall – executive producer for "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network 
  • Remy Munasifi – comedian, parody musician and video artist

  • Deadline
    The contest begins at noon ET on June 18, 2012, and final submissions must be entered no later than 11:59 a.m. ET on September 4, 2012.

    Rules and Eligibility
    Be sure to read through the official contest rules before submitting.

    Editorial Guidelines and Judging Criteria
    We're looking for creative videos under two minutes that illustrate the moral case for free enterprise. This moral argument can take many forms, but it should touch on at least one of the three major themes from Arthur Brooks’s new book, “The Road to Freedom”: 1) Free enterprise promotes earned success; 2) Free enterprise promotes real fairness, in which rewards are tied to merit; and 3) Free enterprise lifts up the poor and vulnerable.

    Video submissions will be evaluated by judges using these criteria: persuasiveness and clarity of argument in support of the moral case for the free enterprise system (40%); creativity and originality of video concept (35%); quality of technical and artistic production (25%).

    How to Submit an Entry
    To enter the contest: Fill out this registration form, and email it to videocontest@aei.org. Upon receipt of your registration, you will be sent an email with further instructions to upload your video.

    Winners
    Official winners will be determined on or around September 27, 2012.

    Additional information
    Download contest flyer. Email questions to videocontest@aei.org.

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