2016 Awards & Screening

All entries will first be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria, theme, and content requirements outlined in our Entry Video Checklist and Contest Rules.



Our panel of judges will score your video based the criteria described below — including creativity, content, fit with our theme & mission and more.

(1) First-Round judges who screen and select Semi-Finalists
(2) Semi-Finals Round judges who choose Finalists and recommend Special Awards Nominees
(3) Finals Round judges who select Winners & Special Awards Winners




The top 2+ finalists per division will be selected based on the merits of their video’s quality — that is, those who have the highest judges’ scores, per the criteria below.  Additional teams may be selected as “Special Award Nominees” based on jury decisions.

Another way Semi-Finalists can make it in to the finals round is through our ONLINE Public Vote Challenge, where all Semi-Finalists participate in, often drawing viewership around the world   The public will determine the Audience’s Choice Award winner per national division, and the one top vote-getter per division shall receive an automatic Finalist slot, where they earn a trip to the YVOC Festival and Awards Bash.



Final Round Judges will select the national, regional and special award winners.



Your entry will be scored according to the following criteria:


1.  Meets Contest Criteria & Theme – (10% of score)

  • Clearly addresses theme/contest prompt — presenting a compelling personal story illustrating life or experiences with modern China
  • Meets all checklist criteria
2.  Originality & Impact  (30% of score)

  • Degree of originality and uniqueness in its personal perspective
  • Did the story personally move or inspire you and the audience?  Is it transformative?
  • Replay Value:  Is this a video you’d replay over and over?
  • Does it have the potential to spark dialogue and sharing?
  • Did the storytelling format/approach work for telling a coherent story?
3. Editing & Techniques (30% of score)

  • Does each scene, every cut, every transition, music/sound effect(s), graphic(s) & images, and other creative techniques help to tell a greater story?
  • Does the video’s tone, structure, and pacing enhance its effectiveness and the emotional impact for the audience?
  • Were there other third party perspectives that were effective?
    (Need editing tips?  Visit this Techsmith Blog or this Premium Beat article
4.  Video Quality & Production Values (30% of score)

  • Does the video have strong production values —  quality audio/sound, quality lighting?
  • Camera stability & focus
  • Clean titles, subtitles & fonts
Other Bonus Judging Criteria that May Be Used For Other Potential Awards:

  • If produced in Mandarin language by a non-native speaker, the quality of Mandarin skills and translation work