Congratulations to Fiqah Rahman for "In the Light of Covid-19"
We look forward to celebrating International Education Week every year not only because we love to celebrate international students, educators and advocates but also because we get to announce the winners of our annual Travel Video Contest. In our 15th year of presenting the contest, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting international education as we know it, we decided to go with a different name- TVC: Life After Lockdown. As always, international students from all over the world were welcomed to participate in this year’s contest but, as a new addition, we also welcomed cultural exchange participants to make video submissions. This time, we asked our participants to adhere to a different theme. Participants could either tell us how COVID-19 impacted their international education or cultural exchange program or tell us about their future plans after COVID-19.
We received 117 eligible entries this year which made choosing only 10 finalists a tough task. Although we could only choose 10 finalists, each of our entrants’ videos touched our hearts so we can only imagine how challenging it was for our judges to pick our final three winners.
Although a difficult task, our judges have conveyed their top picks and we’re pleased to announce the winners:
$4,000 Grand Prize Winner: “In the Light of Covid-19” by Fiqah Rahman Fiqah is a very passionate storyteller from Brunei. Fiqah is pursuing a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking at New York University and hopes to diversify the film industry through putting stories about the underrepresented in the spotlight. We can tell that the future holds great things for her!
$500 Second Place Winner: “The Home of an International Student” by Aashna Singh
$250 Third Place Winner: “Dear 2021” by Anna Julia De Camargo Correa
$1,000 Viewers’ Choice Winner: “Story of My Life” by Larissa Silveira
Thank you again to all our entrants and finalists this year. We look forward to receiving your entries next year and hope you'll encourage other students to enter as well!
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2020 Video Contest Winners
In the last 11 years, a study discovered that of the 1100 films created, only 4% were directed by women, equating to 22 male directors hired for every woman director. They also concluded that of the 43 female directors who made movies from 2007 to 2017, only 2 were Asians....
I’m an undergraduate international student from India currently studying Architecture in New York. Due to the pandemic, I had to leave New York and stay with my sister in North Carolina. Since March, we’ve been isolating ourselves and I’ve been taking classes online here. A few reasons I didn’t go...
This spoken word is my letter to 2021. I plan to study in the Netherlands in the coming year, and as many other students, I have a new challenging factor added to the mix: Covid-19. This video is about my hopes and wishes to the new year and the adventures...
My name is Larissa, and I am currently going after my dream during this global pandemic. Yeah you read that right, sounds kind of crazy doesn’t it? You may ask, what is this dream? And I will say it’s to study in a drama college abroad. I will be brief...
Want to see more? Check out all the finalists for 2020 .