Birth Video Contest

Birth Matters Virginia” is sponsoring a contest for birth videos. Full details and more information are on the website, but here are a few excerpts:

We want to see entries from professional and student filmmakers as well as from mothers, fathers, grandparents, childbirth educators, obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, doulas, and anyone who cares about the culture of birth in this country. Don’t worry if you don’t have fancy editing equipment. We’re more concerned with substance than style. We expect both amateurs and professionals to enter this contest and everyone will have a shot at the top prizes.

Filmmaker’s Guidelines

  • Length: 4-7 minutes
  • Style and Tone: factual, informational, educational, inspirational
  • Content: the Birth Matters website has extensive information about how we define evidence-based maternity care, and you can read about how the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services defines mother-friendly-care here. We want women to know that they have choices, and your video should explore a fairly narrow topic related to pregnancy or childbirth so that you have time to adequately explore your theme. We want women to have the information they need to make decisions that will best benefit themselves and their babies.
  • Tips: facts and statistics are always helpful, but must be from a reliable source. Interviews with healthcare providers, educators, expectant couples, and new parents will reinforce the message of your film.
  • Requirements: You’ll need to get anyone that you interview or use footage of to sign a simple release form acknowledging their participation so that we can use their image in the event that you are a winner or finalist. This is especially important if you use any sensitive or personal footage, such as footage of a labor or birth. If you film at any locations that are identifiable (this means hospitals or birthing centers), you’ll need to get their permission in writing as well. You can use the same form for locations.

The judges will be Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein, and Dr. Sarah Buckley. First prize is $1000! In order for your video to be considered, you have to upload it to YouTube with the proper tags and make sure you let the Birth Matters Virginia website know.  Pretty simple, but make sure you follow the directions.

If you’re on facebook, you can also join the group there.


2 Responses

  1. Are you going to enter? I had been thinking about indulging in some Youtubery anyway. I wish that days were 42 hours long instead of 24.

  2. I dunno. I’ll have to think about it. I prefer to type rather than speak. Just thinking about it is giving me stage fright. 🙂 But if I think about it enough, I may just get over it. I’ll have to see. The only videos I’ve done are my home movies, so I don’t know how it will go….

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