1990 Video Contest: Winter 2018 – Spring 2019

What’s in Your Wok? is the theme of 1990 Institute’s current 1990 Video Contest (formerly Youth Voices on China). Food is not just what you eat, but is also a reflection of the culture and people of its origin. What’s in Your Wok? is a video contest that asks you to look around, in your navel and in your fridge, to figure out what place Chinese food has in your life and why.

You may decide that the answer to What’s in Your Wok? is something that has cultural significance: did you know that there are eight major culinary traditions in China? Perhaps you or your family have fond memories of a particular dish from one of these cuisines. Your video could capture a family member or friend discussing his or her traditions around Chinese food. Or your video may be a reflection of what you or someone you know thinks about Chinese culture and why that person likes or doesn’t like Chinese food. Humor can be a wonderful ingredient. You could make a video of how you or a relative prepares a dish. Or take a walk in a Chinatown near you to showcase the latest in street food. There are a zillion potential subjects for this 1990 Video Contest—let your imagination be your guide!

  • 3 different age categories:
  • Ages 13-15
  • Ages 16-18
  • Ages 18+
  • Video length: maximum 5 minutes
  • Submissions: 8-1-18 through 03-31-19
  • Winners announced: on or before 05-01-19
Prizes for each age category
  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250
  • Winning teacher’s prize: $1,000

Your video will be judged on originality, authenticity and how the subject matter ties to Chinese food and traditions.

The video cannot use any intellectual property owned by others. For example, any background music used should be original or available for use without restrictions.

Questions: info@1990institute.org

Submission form

By submitting a video (your “Video”) to 1990 Institute’s 1990 Video Contest, you (the “Producer”) agree that you shall abide by the following 1990 Video Contest rules.

All entries must be in digital video format.
The length of the video shall not exceed five minutes, not including a 10 second title screen. All entries shall begin with a 10 second full-screen title screen with the following information:
Lead Producer’s name, co-producers names
School name (if applicable)
City, state
Title of Video
Total running time (not including the 10 second title screen)
All information presented in the Video shall be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind shall result in disqualification. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, Producer must submit a list of sources, properly cited. In addition, Producer will be required to furnish a parental consent for all content relating to minors. Producer will also be required to furnish a license for any content owned by third parties, including background music. Due to the difficulty in obtaining such licenses, Producer is encouraged to create original content for video contest submissions. No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless Producer owns the copyright or has a license to use the material for this contest. Producer must obtain and provide written permission upon request for all copyrighted materials. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, Producer must submit a signed/completed Parent Permission Form and a signed/completed Actor Release Form (both as provided by 1990 Institute) for each person appearing in your video.
Each video must have one producer to serve as the main point of contact. Recognition and prizes will be given to the lead producer and all those listed as co-producers on the entry form.
There is no entry fee.
Entries may be submitted through www.1990institute.org beginning as of March 31, 2019. The deadline is November 31, 2018. Winners will be announced no later than May 1, 2019.
Content must comply with all local and national laws of the country of origin and the United States. Content must not 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by 1990 Institute in its sole and conclusive determination.
The decision of 1990 Institute is final.
For winning entries, the sole compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize in an amount determined by 1990 Institute in its sole discretion. 1990 Institute shall not be liable to any party for any additional compensation other than sharing the prize money in such amount as advertised by 1990 Institute.
Entries shall be submitted in English, or include English subtitles.

1. Producers shall retain a copy of his or her video submission. 1990 Institute shall not be responsible for any films that are lost, damaged, or which do not upload properly.

2. Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the Video content shall remain with Producer, with the following exceptions:

Whether or not the submitted video is a 1990 Video Contest winner, Producer hereby grants 1990 Institute the right to use Producer(s)’ names, photographs, likenesses, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.

Producers grant 1990 Institute a worldwide, perpetual, royalty free right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display Producer’s video without compensation or notification.

3. 1990 Institute shall have the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the Video for any reason, including but not limited to advertising, publicity and promotional purposes, on any websites, at film festivals, at commercial viewings and at conferences.

4. Producer agrees to hold 1990 Institute, its officers, directors and employees harmless from and against any and all claims, fees, costs and liability arising out of or related to the Video. Producer assumes all liability for any injury or damage related in any way to the Video, including any prize money (if applicable)..

5. Producer agrees to be bound by these contest rules and the decisions of the 1990 Institute in judging the 1990 Video Contest.