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Eligibility, rules and judging criteria

Share the impact of your research through the uOGRADFlix competition.

Eligibility criteria and rules

  • Currently be enrolled at the University of Ottawa or Saint-Paul University in a master’s (with thesis or with project) or PhD program at the time of the uOGRADflix Competition. Master’s and PhD students who have completed the requirements of their degree but have not yet graduated are eligible to participate.
  • Agree to allow your video to be made public. If you are selected as a finalist, your photo and biography will also be made public. 
  • By submitting your video, you are agreeing that your submission is an original work created by you and that you have all necessary rights in, and to, the submission. 
  • To be eligible to win a prize, you must attend the virtual showcase or you must assign a delegate who can accept the prize on your behalf.
  • Your video must not be longer than 60 seconds and must meet the video requirements and copyright stated below.
  • Presentations may be in English or French.
  • Video submissions and consent forms must be received by the deadline.

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is happy to provide guidance; please contact us at [email protected].

Note: The University of Ottawa reserves the right to disqualify entries that violate copyright laws, the competition rules, or contain inappropriate material.

Video requirements and copyright

  • Videos can take many forms, but must include movement (slide transitions, zooming, or a subject moving on video), and sound (voice over, sound, and/or music).
  • Your video may be less than 60 seconds long but may not be longer than 60 seconds.
  • Your video must focus on research you conducted for your current graduate program at the University of Ottawa.
  • You must submit a script for closed captioning purposes because the winning videos will be uploaded to YouTube and may be used in future for promotional purpose at the University.
  • When creating your video, keep copyright in mind. Since your video will be posted online, you will need to make sure that you are using third-party content properly. If you have questions about copyright and want to avoid complications, send an email to the Copyright Office.
  • Abstracts, oral descriptions, slides, pictures, and videos may all constitute public disclosure and affect intellectual property rights and patentability. If this may be a concern, check with your supervisor, the Office of Research, or the uOttawa Copyright webpage for further information.
  • You also agree that this submission does not infringe upon or violate any laws or any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, or other proprietary rights, and must not constitute material that would be considered libelling, defamatory, a privacy violation, tortious, or a contract breach.
  • See PDF on creating copyright-conscious videos.

Judging Criteria

A select jury will award prizes to the best videos according to the following criteria:

  • 50% Communication
    • Ability to explain complex ideas to a non-specialist audience
    • Use of clear language and terminology, delivered at a good pace  
    • Appropriate use of images to complement message
    • Research contribution and results are clear and understandable
    • Logical sequence of information (i.e.: easy to follow)
    • Ability to engage audience through storytelling
  • 30% Creativity and visual impact
    • Creative use of (limited) time
    • Original presentation of information
    • Well-prepared script and relevantly designed images
    • Visually appealing and engaging (movement and rhythm)
  • 20% Technical quality 
    • High-quality sound and images
    • Effective use of images and sound
    • Use of citations and credits where require


Four prizes will be awarded during the uOGRADflix Live Showcase event:

  • One first-place prize: $1,000
  • One second-place prize: $750
  • One third-place prize: $500 
  • One People’s choice award: $500


Wondering what style of video, we’re looking for? You have lots of options! As examples, here are some of the University of Waterloo’s graduate student videos posted on YouTube. Some videos are animations, others are video-recorded, and some include sketches or PowerPoint slides. 

Video Type



Magazine project for newcomer children by Hasan Ahmet Gokce 

Rethinking women’s desire: The science behind low libido by Siobhan Sutherland 

Video recording

Virtuality of motion sickness by Siyavash Izadi 

Unlocking meaning: Doors as a “key” to understanding Honoré de Balzac’s novels by Rachel Green 

Stop motion

#GenerationRestoration: Peatlands and greenhouse gases by Megan Schmidt

Price prediction with machine learning by Muhammad Saad 

Mixed media

GitHub use for government related work by Jaydeep Mistry 

Making gay identities: Queer media practices queering media technologies by Jason Lajoie