Undergraduate Video Contest: “Why do we need philosophy now?”

Submitted by Kate Goldyn on

Let creativity be your guide in creating a short video about “Why do we need philosophy now?” Open to all UW students, no prior video creation experience is required.

In 2 minutes or less tell us “Why do we need philosophy now?”: Why is philosophy important to today’s society? Why is philosophy important to study in this moment?

This contest is possible thanks to contributions to the Friends of Philosophy Fund.


  • Open to all current UW undergraduate students, who are enrolled in a philosophy class from Winter 2020 - Winter 2021
  • Two minutes or less in length
  • Must be original content, not containing copyrighted material (i.e. commercial music)
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST, Monday, March 8, 2021
  • Submit an entry form (upload your video via the form as an mp4 file)
  • Fill out a personal release form and submit to Kate Goldyn at kgoldyn@uw.edu
    • Submit personal release forms for any additional people featured in the video.
  • Videos may not be shared publicly until April 1, 2021.
  • You may caption your video but it is not required. If your video is selected it will be captioned before it is shown. A script of the video may be asked for help in captioning.
  • No laws or UW rules can be broken in the creation of the video.
  • All submissions may be shared on the UW Department of Philosophy YouTube channel and website.
  • For students who are foreign nationals, prizes are subject to a standard 30% taxation rate.

Judging & Prizes

  • Winners will be selected by a jury of Department of Philosophy faculty, graduate students, staff and advisory board members
  • Judging criteria and scale:
    • effectively communicating the theme “Why do we need philosophy now?” (up to 4 pts.)
    • creativity (up to 4 pts.)
    • cohesive storytelling (up to 4 pts.)
    • video production (up to 3 pts.)
  • Prizes:
    • First place: $500
    • Second place: $250
    • Third place: $100

Looking for a partner

Do you have a vision but lack video skills? Have great video editing skills but struggling with an idea? We encourage working safely with other students. Please email kgoldyn@uw.edu if you need help looking for a partner.


Need inspiration? Check out our winners from 2020’s contest “Why Philosophy?”: first, second, and third.


Please contact Kate Goldyn, Department of Philosophy Outreach Coordinator at kgoldyn@uw.edu or Gina Gould, Department of Philosophy Undergraduate advisor at gsgould@uw.edu


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