O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service

Short Video Competition Hosted by Alvernia University

Open to professionals, amateurs, & students!


The Short Video Competition hosted by Alvernia University is dedicated to providing a community event for local film-makers. Its vision is three-fold:

  • It is a competition designed to utilize the talents of students and adult residents of Berks County to produce films up to 20 minutes in length. 
  • This short video competition is also designed to benefit Alvernia University’s Communication Department in recruitment, student creativity, and retention of both students and faculty. 
  • It is an event designed to promote the city of Reading as a positive place to live, work, and play which will receive a special prize.

Alvernia will offer technical assistance to students.


SPECIAL CATEGORY (open to all Berks County residents 13 years and older)

  • Why Reading Is a Positive Place to Live, Work, or Play

(open to all Berks County high school or college students)

(open to all Berks County high school or college students)

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Action
  • Horror
  • Musical
  • Silent videos

(open to all Berks County high school or college students)

(open to all Berks County high school or college students)

Submit a Video


Videos will be selected and screened at the competition’s award event.

  • Best Film Showcasing Reading as Positive Place
  • Best high school student video (in each category)
  • Best college student video (in each category)
  • People’s Choice Award

There will be a red carpet event to announce the winners on March 24, 2017 at Alvernia University’s Bernardine Lecture Hall.


Time: Running length of video to be no less than 2 ½ minutes and no more than 20 minutes (including all credits)

Opening Date for Submissions: January 10, 2017

Submission Deadline: April 3, 2017

Notification Date: April 10, 2017

Red Carpet Event Date: April 21, 2017

Eligibility: All Berks County residents (for Special Category only) or students enrolled in a Berks County high school or college. Minimum age is 13. Individuals under 18 will need parental consent.

Submitting videos: Submitters will be notified of their entry status. Decisions made by Alvernia University’s Short Video Competition are final. Copyright laws may apply to videos using sound recordings. By submitting a video, it is a condition of the entry that all winners agree to their name being made publicly available. Submitters retain ownership of their entries into the competition. By entering a video, submitters grant Alvernia University’s Short Video Competition non-exclusive license for the duration of copyright protection to reproduce or distribute their video in all media in order to promote or act as a historical record of the Competition.

Viewing Period: [during two weeks after submission deadline] All approved submissions will be available to view and vote during this time period (the video with the most likes will win the People’s Choice award).

Video Competition


Inaugural Year


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phone  610-230-5709


Jodi Radosh, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
Associate Director, Holleran Center for Community Engagement
Alvernia University
Alvernia University’s Communication Department
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Tania Hollos

Graduate Assistant, O'Pake Institute and College of Professional Programs
Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership
Alvernia University
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David Myers

Director of the O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service
O’Pake Institute webpage
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