Video Contest 2013

Video Contest Winners 2013

Create a Video. Make a Point. Win a Prize. Be Famous.

Our annual Mashup Contest celebrates student creativity with video and multimedia. The 2013 Contest was sponsored by the Penn Libraries, the Cinema Studies Program and the Digital Media Design Program and included an online voting page for all 12 entries. The awards ceremony  on April 8, 2013 included a screening of the four winning entries below.


First Prize

The Fall Of Super Humans from Tomas Likar on Vimeo.

The Fall Of Super Humans 
by Tomas Likar
This mashup explores the seemingly omnipotent physical capabilities and perfect lives of athletes, who are often glorified and turned into "super humans" by their fans. While athletes are demanded to perform herculean acts, they quickly fall from their fans' graces when the duplicity behind their super human personas are discovered. Merging footage of elite athletes' moment of grandeur with clandestine images of doping and malefaction, my work strives to examine the rise and fall of recent heroes such as Lance Armstrong, Oscar Pistorius and Marion Jones.

Winner's Commentary


Second Prize

Queer Ears 
by Xeno Washburne
I hope to raise awareness of queer oppression, at the same time exploring the function of art as a mechanism of response to life and regarding queer poets as individuals in dialogue with others and with each other, rather than as a subjugated group in need of protection.


Third Prize

The Baroness' Song 
by Nandini Chandrasekaran
Baroness Schraeder is too often forgotten, or unfairly remembered as a villain, a wedge, the evil stepmother, the "witch" of this classic children's film. I wanted to make a music video honoring her character's complexity and Parker's nuanced portrayal; letting Robyn and Whitney restore her subjectivity with the heartbreaking solo that she never got.


People's Choice Award (determined by online voting)

She's Funny That Way 
by Emily Brill
I'm trying to highlight everyday activities that are elevated by love in romantic movies from the time period between 1928 (the date of Neil Moret's orchestration She's Funny That Way) and 1978 (the date of the poem by Michael Lally She's Funny That Way from Penn Sound).