Rules and submissions
Wallace & Gromit's Soundtrack competition: Terms and Conditions
- The competition opens on 13 September 2012. The Competition is open to all UK primary school students (including those resident in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 (or equivalents in the Nations) in the Autumn Term of 2012, except students closely related to BBC employees or those of associated companies or to any person involved in the running of the competition.
- The competition will be split between two age groups.
Age group 1:
England and Wales – years 3 and 4
Scotland – P4 and P5
N Ireland – Primary 4 and 5 Age group 2:
England and Wales – years 5 and 6
Scotland – P6 and P7
N Ireland – Primary 6 and 7
- Teams of between 2 and 5 eligible students will be invited to create their own sounds to complement a short piece of film – creating a soundtrack for Wallace & Gromit. The Aardman Animation / BBC Proms videos and learning materials will be made available to teachers by BBC Learning online.
- Each class teacher will be asked to select entries from their class and submit on behalf of the students. Multiple entries from each primary school are allowed, as are multiple entries from each class. However only one entry per team is permitted. Entry will be by post only. Readable media (such as CD or memory stick) containing the audio or video file should be clearly labelled and sent to:
BBC Proms Wallace and Gromit Competition
Room 1045, Broadcasting House
The files should have the same play time as the video they complement (approximately 1-2 mins, depending on the final video chosen).
- Each entry must be accompanied by a completed application form (available with the resource materials). The school must ensure that parental consent has been given for each student comprising the entry group. BBC reserves the right to ask for evidence of consent.
- The closing date for entries is 3 December 2012. Entries postmarked 3 December 2012 or earlier will be accepted. Entries with postmarks after this date or those received after this date will not be considered. For the avoidance of doubt entries postmarked before 13 September 2012 or received before 13 September 2012 will be disqualified as the competition opens on 13 September 2012. Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
- Submissions must be the original work of the entrants.
- Submissions must not contain defamatory, obscene, violent or any other unsuitable material and be suitable for BBC broadcast.
- Entries must not infringe the rights of any other party. BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these Terms.
- Submissions will be judged through the judging process outlined below:
- All entries will be pre-moderated by a member of BBC production staff to ensure they are compliant with the terms and conditions.
- All valid entries will be assessed by a team of 4 music education experts chosen by the BBC Proms and marked using the criteria set out below. Each entry will be seen by two members of the shortlisting team and each member of this team will be asked to submit up to twelve (12) entries from each category into the final shortlist.
- All entries that have been shortlisted twice will be put through to the final judging round. The maximum number of shortlisted entries will be twenty-four (24) in each category should they agree on all shortlisted entries.
- Should there be more entries than expected the number of shortlisters will be expanded to 8. The same process will be applied, however each shortlister will be limited to six (6) shortlisted entries per category to ensure the same maximum number of shortlisted entries.
- The final judging panel consisting of Julian Nott, Merlin Crossingham, Radio 3 Editor Andrew Kurowski and Rachel Leach will assess these shortlisted entries using the same criteria and select one (1) winner in each category and up to five (5) highly commended entries.
- Musical idea
- Creative use of soundtrack methods
- Interpretation of animation through soundtrack
Entries will not be assessed on the quality of the recording. However the quality needs to be sufficient to allow the judges to assess the entry.