uOGRADflix Competition Information

Important dates

The dates for the 2021 uOGRADflix competition are:



August 10, 2021

uOGRADflix information session

September 14, 2021

Deadline to register to participate in uOGRADflix

September 15, 2021 (TBC)

uOGRADflix drop-in feedback sessions (French and English)

September 20, 2021 (TBC)

uOGRADflix drop-in feedback sessions (French and English)

September 30, 2021

uOGRADflix submission deadline with closed caption

October 21, 2021

uOGRADflix Competition Live Showcase event

Eligibility criteria and rules

  • Currently be enrolled at the University of Ottawa or Saint-Paul University in a master’s (with thesis or with project) or PhD program at the time of the uOGRADflix Competition. Master’s and PhD students who have completed the requirements of their degree but have not yet graduated are eligible to participate.
  • Agree to allow your video to be made public. If you are selected as a finalist, your photo and biography will also be made public. 
  • 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. 
  • To be eligible to win a prize, you must attend the virtual showcase or you must assign a delegate who can accept the prize on your behalf.
  • Your video must not be longer than 60 seconds and must meet the video requirements and copyright stated below.
  • Presentations may be in English or French.
  • Video submissions and consent forms must be received by the deadline.

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is happy to provide guidance; please contact us at ogps@uOttawa.ca.

Note: The University of Ottawa reserves the right to disqualify entries that violate copyright laws, the competition rules, or contain inappropriate material.

Judging Criteria

Prepare your video to wow the uOGRADflix competition judges!

A select jury will award prizes to the best videos according to the following criteria:

  • 50% Communication
    • Ability to explain complex ideas to a non-specialist audience
    • Use of clear language and terminology, delivered at a good pace  
    • Appropriate use of images to complement message
    • Research contribution and results are clear and understandable
    • Logical sequence of information (i.e.: easy to follow)
    • Ability to engage audience through storytelling
  • 30% Creativity and visual impact
    • Creative use of (limited) time
    • Original presentation of information
    • Well-prepared script and relevantly designed images
    • Visually appealing and engaging (movement and rhythm)
  • 20% Technical quality 
    • High-quality sound and images
    • Effective use of images and sound
    • Use of citations and credits where require


Four prizes will be awarded during the uOGRADflix Live Showcase event:

  • One first-place prize: $1,000
  • One second-place prize: $750
  • One third-place prize: $500 
  • One People’s choice award: $500


Wondering what style of video, we’re looking for? You have lots of options! As examples, here are some of the University of Waterloo’s graduate student videos posted on YouTube. Some videos are animations, others are video-recorded, and some include sketches or PowerPoint slides. 

Video Type



Magazine project for newcomer children by Hasan Ahmet Gokce (en anglais)

Rethinking women’s desire: The science behind low libido by Siobhan Sutherland (en anglais)

Video recording

Virtuality of motion sickness by Siyavash Izadi (en anglais)

Unlocking meaning: Doors as a “key” to understanding Honoré de Balzac’s novels by Rachel Green (en anglais)

Stop motion

#GenerationRestoration: Peatlands and greenhouse gases by Megan Schmidt (en anglais)

Price prediction with machine learning by Muhammad Saad (en anglais)

Mixed media

GitHub use for government related work by Jaydeep Mistry (en anglais)

Making gay identities: Queer media practices queering media technologies by Jason Lajoie (en anglais)

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