"I Have a Dream" Youth Video Competition: Rules

Rules and Eligibility

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident to enter and win. Minnesota Department of Human Rights employees, contractors, or grantees and their immediate family members may post their videos, but are not eligible to win. (Two or more individuals may collaborate on an entry. Note: completed waivers must be submitted by each team member)
  2. Videos must be 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length.
  3. Videos must not contain violence, profanity, sex, or direct attacks on individuals or organizations.
  4. Videos may not advocate or endorse any specific legislation or political party.
  5. The video must be your own original creation. No copyrighted music, video, or images may be used in the video.
  6. Videos must not infringe on any third party rights.
  7. Videos must not have been produced for compensation.
  8. Videos must be accompanied by a video release form (PDF 60kb)from each person whose face is shown in the video or will be acknowledged.
  9. Entrants must complete a contest entry form (PDF 60kb). This form must provide the valid contact information for one adult mentor.
  10. By submitting a video to this contest, you grant the Minnesota Department of Human Rights a royalty-free license to copy, distribute, modify, display and perform publicly and otherwise use, and authorize others to use, your video for any educational purpose throughout the world and in any media.
  11. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights reserves the right to make your video available to the general public from its Web site and to distribute it to groups and any other organizations interested in showing it for educational purposes, including, but not limited to, on Internet sites, at conferences and events, on television, and other media outlets.
  12. Minnesota Department of Human Rights will disqualify any entries it deems to contain offensive material.
  13. Entries must be received or postmarked by November 16, 2013. Finalists will be notified via e-mail and posted to the web site the week of December 9, 2013. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be announced later.
  14. Entrants must agree to these terms and conditions, or the agreement of a legal guardian must be obtained if the entrant is a minor.
  15. Minnesota Department of Human Rights reserves the right to not select a winner if none of the entries received are judged to be high quality based on the Rules and Eligibility.
  16. Please don't use the Minnesota Department of Human Rights seal or logo. If your video follows the rules and meets the eligibility criteria above, it will be judged by a panel based on: • Accuracy of the content presented
  • Creativity in presentation
  • Quality of the video
  • Innovative insights regarding race, diversity and the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Adherence to contest theme and categories
  • Adherence to contest rules


  • Deadline is November 16, 2013 (entry form, waiver(s) must be postmarked by this date)
  • Upload your video to You Tube, Vimeo, Dailymotion or other video hosting site (provide the URL on the entry form)

Mail your completed forms to:

Attn: Youth Video Contest
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
625 Robert Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55155

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For questions, email us at info.MDHR@state.mn.us.