NEW in 2020: All video submissions must now include SUBTITLES!
Requirements for Submissions
- MAX 10 minute video recording of staged performance. Performed monologues also accepted.
(The quality of the video production is not the winning criteria; rather it is the theatrical performance of the students that merits the awards.)
- Each participant school will be limited to 4 entries.
- NO depictions of murder allowed and no blooper reel in submissions.
- Performance memorized & entirely in German (can be at any level)
- Digital copy of performance sent via snail-mail to Submission Committee
- Completed photo/video release forms for public viewing (for accepted submissions)
- All submissions must now be subtitled to qualify for entry.
Accepted submissions will receive:
- Reimbursement for transportation costs up to $150
- Indiana World Languages Standards Rubric for project and festival
- Refreshments & lunch at festival
- T-shirts for all participants & prizes for winners
What is a drama? What is a comedy?
An exercise in theatrical pedantry! (This is satirical irony... maybe.)
A comedy has a light-hearted story that is meant to move the audience to laughter or smiling. This category includes parody and satire.
- If your story includes special effects or sudden plot changes in order to create laughter, then it is a comedy.
- If a character dies or disappears in your story and this creates laughter, then your story is a comedy.
A drama is not necessarily more "serious" than a comedy, but the emotions of the story are meant to connect with or move the audience. The ending may be happy or sad, but the tone of the story must be sincere (i.e. it isn't making fun of the events within the story or its characters).
- If your story portrays strong, unironic emotions (example: students sincerely frustrated with the difficulty of learning German prepositions), then it is a drama.
These guidelines are meant as an exercise in discernment and quality of material, as well as breadth of learning. If a submission does not meet the criteria for which it was submitted, this is grounds for disqualification.
To see examples of a drama and a comedy, created by our very own hosting graduate students, check out the winner's section here!