Reason Video Award Submissions Form

The Reason Video Award (RVA) honors short-form, online video, film, and moving pictures that explore, investigate, or enrich libertarian beliefs in individual rights, limited government, and human possibilities.

Entries may consist of one to five pieces by the same filmmaker(s) but cannot run longer than 15 minutes total (including all titles, credits, and other indicia). Submissions can be narrative, dramatic, fictional, documentary, etc. but cannot be excerpted from longer works. Entries will be judged as a complete unit, so care should be taken in making sure all parts are of equal quality and build to a coherent effect.

The Reason Video Award application and judging process will be overseen the staff of Reason TV. Entries must have been published online between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
First prize will be $7,000, second prize will be $2,000, and third prize will be $1,000.


  • The Reason Video Award is open to filmmakers anywhere in the world but the work under consideration must have been published online for the first time between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
  • The total prize fund is $10,000, divided between first ($7,000), second ($2,000), and third ($1,000) prize winners.
  • Entrants must submit their video(s) through the online entry form on Reason’s website.
  • In the case of a question about the legitimacy of a video, the author will be consulted and a final decision will be made by Reason Foundation.
  • Entries can consist of one to five videos but cannot exceed a cumulative time of 15 minutes.
  • Entries must state clearly site and URL where each video appeared and the date each article was published.
  • Consideration will be given to the videos on the following criteria: intellectual coherence; persuasiveness; wit and creativity; relevance; clarity and simplicity; wider impact.
  • Creators must nominate themselves, although submissions may be made by an assistant on the creator’s behalf with his/her consent.
  • Entries will be accepted between August 1 and August 31, 2013; finalists will be announced no later than September 30.
  • The decision of the judges and Reason Foundation will be final.
  • Finalists will be invited to a prize dinner in New York City on November 6, 2013. (While attendance is encouraged, it is not obligatory to receive the prize.)
  • The following individuals and their immediate family are not eligible to enter the Reason Video Award: Directors, staff, former staff, and regular contractors of Reason Foundation; and former staff, Directors and Trustees of International Policy Network.
  • Videos commissioned, edited and/or placed by Reason Foundation or any of its associated platforms are not eligible for consideration.
  • Reason Foundation reserves the right to clarify and/or modify these rules as needed. Entrants will be notified of any changes to the rules.

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