The 10th annual Corporate Citizenship Film Festival—the largest film festival devoted exclusively to celebrating the work of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals, their companies, and programs—has officially begun!
The interaction between a company’s bottom line, its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts, and the way customers view both its product and its people is complex. Figuring out the right communications mix may be demanding at times. If you get it right, the rewards are more than worth the effort.
Presented by Wells Fargo, this year's Film Festival includes a submission period that runs from November 13, 2017 through noon on January 24, 2018 (we've extended our deadline from January 19!). Public voting will be held from January 29 through February 19, 2018, and winners will be honored as part of a formal ceremony at the 2018 International Corporate Citizenship Conference on April 8 in Los Angeles.
Our Film Festival provides a terrific opportunity for teams to showcase how they are using video to communicate their CSR initiatives and signature programs; it also helps spread the word about the great work that companies are doing—films will be viewed by hundreds, mentioned in blog posts, and receive both third-party media attention and social media impressions.
Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Film Festival has received more than 450 submissions. Among last year's winning entries were films that featured breakthroughs in environmental sustainability, partnerships in STEM education, and the first medical drone delivery system. We can't wait to see what amazing work the 2018 festival showcases!
Important Information & Rules
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ELIGIBILITY—All companies are eligible to participate regardless of size or location, including both members and non-members of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.i Entry for Center members is FREE; the entry fee for non-members is $1,500.
LENGTH AND FILE FORMAT & CAPTIONING—Films are required to be less than three minutes in length and submitted in one of the following formats: .AVI, .FLV, .MP4, .MPG, .MOV, .FLV, .WMV
To ensure inclusivity, all film festival entries will be captioned prior to being posted:
- If available, please submit a captioned version of your video.
- If no captioning has been completed but a transcript is available, we ask that you provide the transcript at the time of submission.
- If you don't have either a captioned video or a transcript, BCCCC will caption the video on your behalf.
CATEGORIES—Winners are awarded in the following categories:
- Small Company (1 - 5,000 employees*)
- Medium Company (5,000 - 30,000 employees*)
- Large Company (30,000+ employees*)
- Fan Favorite
- Best in Show
* We define employee as a person your company employs for wages or salary; this includes Full-Time employees, Part-Time employees, Temporary employees, and Independent Contractors or Freelancers.
PUBLIC VOTING—Three finalists in each company size category are determined by public voting. Open to the general public, online voting takes place January 29 through February 19, 2018, through the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship website. Public voting, designed to encourage employee engagement and idea spreading, will also determine the Fan Favorite winner.
JUDGING—Following public voting, a panel of industry experts will review the nine finalists selected by voters. The panel will select one winner from each of the three company size categories as well as the Best in Show winner. Judging is based on content and storytelling, production quality, and alignment with the participating company’s overall CSR objectives.
WINNERS—Winners will be honored as part of a formal ceremony at the 2018 International Corporate Citizenship Conference on April 8 in Los Angeles.
Key Dates to Remember:
Submission period: November 13, 2017 to January 19, 2018
- Public voting: January 29 through February 19, 2018
- Winner announced: April 8, during the 2018 International Corporate Citizenship Conferenceii
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iWe ask that companies submit just one entry apiece; if you work at a subsidiary, please reach out for clarification regarding your entry, so as to ensure your video is categorized appropriately. PR firms may submit multiple entries, but only one video per company.
iiIn order to win, a representative from your company must be in attendance at the International Corporate Citizenship Conference (registration for the Conference is required).