Project Formats and Copyrights

Project Formats

In what formats can students submit their projects?

The Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair Committee wants students who are participating in the 2021 Virtual Fair to have the opportunity to create a project in a format that they are familiar with at school or at home.

Projects for the 2021 Virtual Fair will be accepted in the three following formats:

  • Video or handheld device: the video should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Note: The file size for your completed video should be between 100 and 300 MB ( .mov, .mp4 or .avi file format) . We recommend that you watch the videos created by previous participants to the Young Citizens program to get a better idea of what your video might look like. To do so, please visit Young Citizens and JeunesCitoyens.
  • Slide Presentation (Google Slides or PowerPoint): Embedded videos and images are encouraged but please remember that judges will only have 10 minutes to review the project.
  • PDF Presentations with photos and narrative context: Please remember that judges will only have 10 minutes to review the project.

Image/Music Copyright and Interview Permissions

  • Students can use on-camera interviews and music to accompany their presentation.
  • Before including images or music, students must check to see if there is a copyright. If someone owns the images or music, students must get their permission to use it. If they have permission, proof of permission must be included when submitting the project.
  • There are also copyright-free images that can be used. Many historical images no longer have a copyright, which means that nobody owns the copyright and students are free to use the image without asking permission. These images are also said to be in the public domain.
  • For both copyrighted and non-copyrighted images, credit sources should still be indicated so that people know from where they originate. These can be added with the images or can be included in the end credits of the presentation.
  • There are some websites that have copyright free music, and some can also be purchased through iStock. Purchasing a song through iTunes does not give the student permission to use the song.
  • Students may also wish to interview someone in a video. The interviewee could be an expert on the subject, an Elder, a historian, or an individual with a relevant connection to the topic. However, all interviewees must sign an authorization for (see Interviewee Authorization Form) and must be submitted with your project.
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