Q: How do I enter the contest?

A: You may submit your video entry via the competition website form. You need to provide the URL of your video as well as your contact information. Your submission must indicate your name (or the names of the people in your group). All submitted entries must be licensed to the general public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license, or an alternative noncommercial license chosen here (you may also use the same Share-Alike license as your source music). Your submission must also include licensing and attribution (with hyperlinks) for the material you have remixed. You should do this in the video description field at the site where your video is hosted. You can also do this within the credits of the video itself. Attribution is the key to CC, and the artists who you've remixed will appreciate it, too! Entrants must agree to the Official Rules when submitting their video.

Q: Do I need to include both music from the Free Music Archive and film from the Prelinger Archives?

A: In order for your video to qualify, your entry must include all or some portion of: at least one (1) video from the Prelinger Archives Collection, and at least one (1) track from the Free Music Archive. In fact, at least fifty percent (50%) of video and audio materials must come from Prelinger Archives and FMA respectively. Any submission that does not meet these specifications will be disqualified from the contest at the judges’ discretion.

Q: How do I find music I can use in a video on the Free Music Archive?

A: Since not all of the FMA library is cleared for use in noncommercial online video, you need to avoid using music that has a "Download-Only" license, or a Creative Commons license with the "NoDerivatives" clause (when it comes to music, a video is considered a 'derivative work'). Please check the license for the music you plan to use, and you can read more at our help/FAQ and at the Creative Commons website. We curate video-friendly music at our Music For Video portal, and you can also filter your search by music that can be used in a video. Proper CC licensing (including attribution of your sources) is required.

Q: How do I find films that I can remix on the Prelinger Archives?

A: Please read about the Prelinger Archives at http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger to learn more about their collection of public domain films.

Q: How should I attribute my source material?

A: Attribution is a requirement of Creative Commons licenses, so your submission must include licensing information and attribution (with hyperlinks) for the material you have remixed. You should do this in the video description field at the site where your video is hosted. You can also do this within the credits of the video itself.

Q: Who's eligible to enter?

A: You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Groups of individuals (each over the age of 13) may also enter a video. If more than one individual submits a shared entry, the entrants will together determine how the prize will be shared.

Q: Can persons who are not U.S. citizens enter the competition?

A: Yes, submissions can come from non-U.S. citizens or from outside of the United States, provided you comply with the requirements laid out in the Official Rules.

Q: When are videos due?

A: Videos must be submitted by Sunday, November 11th 2012 at 11:59pm ET. (Note: This deadline has been extended to assist those recovering from Hurricane Sandy damages.)

Q: How long should my video be?

A: Videos should be no more than 15 minutes long. There is no minimum length requirement.

Q: Who will judge the videos?

A: Our panel of judges will select one winner. The public will choose the other winner by voting on this website. Judging and public voting will take place from Monday, November 12th 2012 at 9am ET to Sunday, November 25th at 5pm ET.

Q: How will the videos be judged?

A: Our panel of judges will be taking following into account: originality and creativity (concepts, ideas, format), use of resources (how the material from the Free Music Archive & Prelinger Archives is incorporated), and technical proficiency and quality. Adherence to the theme "The Past Re-imagined as the Future” won’t be part of this criteria.

The Popular Vote winner will be determined by users of this website who will be able to vote for their favorite videos from 9:00am ET on November 12, 2012 to 5:00pm ET on November 25, 2012.

Q: What are the prizes?

A: The two winners will each be awarded an iPad (3rd Generation with Wi-Fi, 16GB), engraved with the Contest name as a trophy, in recognition of their innovative remix. One winner will be selected by the judges'. And the other winner will be determined by public-vote. If the winner is the same for both categories, the runner up in the judge's vote will be given the prize for that category.

Q: When will I know if I win?

A: Winners will be publicly announced at our screening at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, New York, NY) on Thursday, November 29th 2012 from 8-10pm. If you are a winner, the competition organizers will notify you before Thursday, November 27th 2012.

Q: Does it matter how my video is licensed?

A: All submissions to the Free Music Archive + Prelinger Archives video competition must be licensed to the general public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license, or an alternative noncommercial license chosen here. You may also use the same Share-Alike license as your source music. Please indicate which license you've used in the credits to your video and in the video's text description at your hosting site.

Q: Where should I host my competition video?

A: You can use any video hosting platform (such as Vimeo, Archive.org). Alternatively, you can host the video on your own website as long as the video is licensed Creative Commons.

Q: Can I include content created by third parties in my video?

A: Yes, as long as you are authorized to include it, either because you have permission, it's a compatible Creative Commons license, or it is in the public domain. Note that you should not include content if you are relying on fair use or any other exception or limitation to copyright law. It is very important that you understand your legal obligations when incorporating third party content.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Shoot us a note and we’ll do our best to help you out.