Ouais ! Concours virtuel is back for a second year! Last spring, over 900 students from across Canada submitted videos sharing their daily lives and experience during the first lockdown, en français! Concours virtuel offered a valuable chance for students to practise their French, as many had little exposure to French while stuck at home.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly not over yet, this year we want to give students more creative licence when making their videos. We’re inviting students from across Canada to submit videos in French on anything from their favourite hobbies to their takes on current events – we want to learn all about what students are passionate about!
Concours virtuel Jr: Kindergarten–Grade 5
Submissions for this age group will not be judged competitively. All participants will receive a digital certificate of participation.
Concours virtuel Sr: Grades 6–12
Submissions will be judged by impartial volunteer judges from across Canada using the Evaluation Rubric.
- Categories may be split or combined to balance the number of participants and amount of competition in each group for judging:
- Some large categories may be split into multiple groups. An equal number of participants will be assorted randomly into each group.
- Some smaller categories will be combined with adjacent grades into one larger group.
- Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place winners in each group. This may result in multiple sets of winners in larger categories.
- Winners will receive a digital certificate including their placement. o All participants will receive a digital certificate of participation.
Please check back soon for prize details!
- All entries must be submitted via the Submission Form between March 1st, 2021, and May 1st, 2021. The Submission Form can be found at ConcoursVirtuel.ca, beginning March 1st, 2021.
- Submissions will close at exactly 12:00AM on May 2nd, 2021. No late submissions will be accepted. Please plan ahead and submit your video early, and keep in mind that videos may take some time to upload.
- All videos must be accessible through a web link. The video can be hosted on any platform, as long as it can be accessible without requiring any login and/or permission. Videos may be password protected, as long as the password is given when submitting your entry.
- For students who do not wish their videos to be public, but who would still like to participate, we recommend posting on YouTube as an unlisted video or Vimeo as password-protected video. Both allow videos to be privately shared through links – that way the judges can still count them in the contest!
- Students must reside in Canada.
- Students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible to participate.
- Parent/guardian permission is required for all submissions.
- All entries to CPF must be submitted via the Submission Form.
- All video entries must be presented entirely in French.
- Entries do not have to be speeches, but should demonstrate the participant’s ability to speak in French, and should include full sentences.
- Entries are encouraged to be creative. Video editing and music is allowed, if you have the capabilities.
- Entries must be 1-3 minutes long, with at least one (1) minute of French speaking.
- For students who do not wish their videos to be public, but who would still like to participate, we recommend using Youtube or Vimeo as a hosting platform. Both allow videos to be privately shared through links – that way the judges can still count them in the contest! For more instructions on how to do this for Youtube, click here. For Vimeo instructions, click here.
Social Media Posting Guide (OPTIONAL)*
- Students/Parents/Guardians are encouraged to share their videos through social media and tag Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon on Facebook (@CanadianParentsForFrenchBCYK), Twitter (@CPFBC), Instagram (@CPFBCYK), and/or YouTube (@CPFBCYK). Share and follow the hashtag #EnsembleADistance.
- If you wish, tag some of your friends and challenge them to make a video too!
- If you are posting your entry privately, we would encourage you to make a social media post or story about your participation in this Concours, including the above elements.
*Social media sharing is entirely voluntary and not part of the formal competition.
- At the time of submission we will ask the person submitting if they give permission for the video to be shared publicly. If they do not give permission, the video will only be viewed internally.
1. How do I submit my video?
Entries can be uploaded to a video hosting site of your choice, as long as they can be accessed by anyone with a link. Once you’ve uploaded your entry, please submit a link to it in the Submission Form, along with your contact information. Please see “Submission Guidelines” for more details.
2. What if I’m not comfortable posting my video on social media, where anyone will be able to see it?
Several video hosting sites have the option to upload videos privately (ex: YouTube, Vimeo). Your entry does not have to be posted publicly, as long as it can be accessed via a direct link, which you will submit in the Submission Form. We will not share privately submitted entries in any way, except for with the impartial Concours judges for evaluation (Grade 6-12 only). However, we would encourage you to still tell your friends about your participation in Concours virtuel. Maybe they would like to participate too!
3. Can I include other people or pets in my video?
Yes, as long as they give you permission to include them in your video. If you are including anyone outside your immediate household, please also ensure you stay safe and are practicing safe physical distancing guidelines according to your local health authority.
4. What if I’m not in K-12 or a student in Canada? Can I still participate?
Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate by sharing a video on social media! Just use the hashtag #EnsembleADistance so we can all follow along. That said, only Canadian students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 can submit their videos to be eligible for prizes.
Entries can be uploaded to a video hosting site of your choice, as long as they can be accessed by anyone with a link. Once you’ve uploaded your entry, please submit a link to it in the Submission Form, along with your contact information. Please see the “Submission Guidelines” for more details.
5. I’m in a different program other than the three French program categories, OR I’ve recently switched programs. Which category do I pick on the submission form?
If you’re choosing between two categories, think about how your French speaking abilities compare to students your age in each category. Which of them do you think your French abilities are more similar to? If you can email your teacher, they might be able to help you decide.
Think about how long you’ve been speaking French, and how often you get to practice: Do you have a French-speaking family member who helps you practice? Have you been to a French camp, taken a French class outside of school, or spent time in a place where French is spoken? Were you in a Francophone or French immersion program, even if you aren’t now? These are all experiences that would help you improve your French, and if you think that you might have a lot more experience than your peers, consider challenging yourself by selecting a higher category!
6. Can I use props, music, etc. in my video? Can I edit my video to make it even cooler?
Bien sûr! Feel free to get creative with your video using any technology skills you may already have, and this might even be a fun opportunity to learn new techniques! If there is music in your video, please make sure that you have permission to use it according to the video hosting website you’ve chosen, or else your video could be taken down and the Concours judges may not be able to access it, which would be très triste !
7. How will my video be evaluated by the judges?
CPF BC & Yukon asks Concours virtuel judges to evaluate submissions based on our standardized evaluation rubric. You can find the rubric at the end of our Concours virtuel Information Package.
If you do not find an answer to your question on our website, please contact CPF BC & Yukon Project Coordinator Robin Holm at [email protected], or by phone at 778-329-9115 ext. 317, or 1-800-665-1222.