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GRADflix resources

Submission details 

The deadline to submit your video for the 2020-2021 competition is January 8, 2021.

Send the video (saved as an MP4) to using SendIt. By submitting your video, you are agreeing that your submission is an original work created by you, and that you have all necessary rights in and to the submission.  You also agree that this submission does not infringe upon or violate any laws or any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and must not constitute material that would be considered libelling, defamatory, a privacy violation, tortious or a contract breach.

In addition to your video, you must email with the following information: 

  • your preferred name (as you would like it written on the webpage if you are selected as a finalist)
  • your preferred pronouns
  • the name(s) of your supervisor(s)
  • a good quality portrait or headshot photo
  • a short biography of approximately 60-100 words (this may include past degrees, research areas or interests, current program, research labs, interests or hobbies outside of research, etc.) 

Training session

The GRADflix training session provides information on how easy it can be to make a great video – even if all you have is a smartphone. The session covers all the tools you need to create a 60 second video, including: GRADflix guidelines, copyright guidelines, video best practices, scripting, technology tools, software options, other resources and communicating for a non-specialist audience.

The 2020 GRADflix training session was held on November 5. Watch the recording below:

If you would like a copy of the training session slides, please email Rachel Hickey.  

Drop-in session

The drop-ins are a flexible, informal (virtual) space to help you create, refine or finish your GRADflix submission. Have a copy of your GRADflix video ready to share with staff, or use this time to work on your submission. Staff will be available to provide feedback or answer any questions you have about video best practices. The link to attend will be emailed to registered competitors 30 minutes prior to the drop in session.

Save the date for an upcoming drop-in session:


When creating your video keep copyright in mind. As your video will be made available online, you need to make sure that you are using third party content properly. If you want to avoid copyright complications, take a look at the resources provided by the Univeristy of Waterloo's Copyright and Licensing Librarian, Lauren Byl.

Creating copyright conscious videos: