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Video Submission

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Video recordings have to be made in 2021. YouTube link(s) to participant’s performance are to be sent to our email by the deadlines found under the home section.
  • Professional recordings are not required, but good audio and visual qualities are very important. The quality on most cell phones is more than adequate, however ensure that your device has sufficient storage before you start recording (the average 1-minute video will take significantly more space than a photo, depending on your device and settings).
  • The video should clearly show your face and your instrument. A full body view is preferred. A stationary camera position should be used throughout.​
  • Pieces can be recorded in separate takes, but must be combined and submitted in one link per class.
  • Participants may record/submit their registered pieces in any order. 

EDITING AND PERFORMANCE PROTOCOL

  • The video is not allowed to be edited or modified in any way. This will be automatic grounds for disqualification. Each selection should be made in one continuous take.
  • Participants should consider dressing up as for a live festival, and bow before and after performance, if possible.
  • Participants will announce their selections and composers OR hold a card by themselves or assistant with this information before their performance OR add this information as a title card in a post-production edit. If you opt for a card, please make sure to hold it for 5 seconds, allowing viewers to read all of it. 

FILE NAMING AND SUBMISSION

  • Once you have the recordings with student’s performances filmed, proceed to merge all video files together into ONE YouTube link before submission. Create your YouTube account and upload your previously recorded video(s) to YouTube. For information on merging and posting videos we recommend exploring the Help section found on the YouTube homepage. Please note that you must select “Unlisted” in the Privacy settings found under the broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube. If you select “Private” your submission will be invalid. Also, you MUST disable ‘kids only’ setting in your submission and have the comments section turned off.  
  • Please name your YouTube link before submission, indicating a class name followed by a student’s name, for example: Grade 6 – Alexander Wang.
  • Supply us with the link to your performance via email to ottawapianofestival@gmail.com by the following deadlines:

    April 10 – Grades: Preparatory, 1, 2, 3
    April 11 – Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7
    April 15 – Grades: 8, 9
    April 16 – Grades: 10, Diploma (ARCT), Open
    April 17 – Duets/Miscellaneous
    April 18 – Concertos                                                                                                                                                      
  • Due to time constraints between the above deadlines and previously scheduled workshops with adjudicators, no late video submissions would be considered.