SPARKY AWARDS LINK UP WITH CAMPUS MOVIEFEST; JUDGES PANEL TO INCLUDE NEW MEDIA LUMINARIES
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Washington, DC – October 2, 2008 – Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, is a new sponsor of the 2008 Sparky Awards, a contest that recognizes the best new short videos on the value of sharing information. The competition promotes discussion of free and open access to information by inviting students to consider the issues and creatively express their views. The 2008 contest theme is “MindMashup: The Value of Information Sharing.”
As a sponsor, Campus MovieFest (CMF) will draw the attention of tens of thousands of student filmmakers to the Sparky Awards. The winner of the 2008 Sparky Awards will be screened at the CMF Southern Grand Finale in Spring 2009.
SPARC has also announced that 2008 contest judges will include noted media experts:
The 2008 Sparky judges panel also includes:
Originated in 2007 by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the annual Sparky Awards are co-sponsored by several national student and library organizations, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Campus MovieFest, Penn Libraries at University of Pennsylvania, Students for Free Culture, and The Student PIRGs.
Well-suited for adoption as a college or high school class assignment, the Sparky Awards invite contestants to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. The Winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 along with a Sparky Award statuette. Two Runners Up will each receive $500 plus a personalized award certificate. Submissions must be received by November 30, 2008.
For more information or to enter the Sparky Awards, visit the contest Web site atwww.sparkyawards.org.
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc.