Our planet is facing global issues such as climate change, natural disasters, infectious diseases, and conflicts that significantly impact the economy, environment, and society. Other newly emerging issues include rapid urbanization or the aging of society. In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to address these issues.

Through this video contest, we ask students how we can contribute to solving social issues and help achieve SDGs? Even though the Covid-19 pandemic restricts our mobility and interaction with friends, we can still take an action to make a difference in our locality, community, society and the world by sharing our ideas from wherever we are. This "Student Video Contest" is a project to share your awareness of social issues and ideas with your peers around the world and to move forward together! We invite all students at Osaka University and our partner universities worldwide to actively participate in this event.

  • Share your ideas about how you can make a difference in your locality, community, society, and the world from the perspectives of the SDGs—in a 3-minute-video!
  • Engage in a dialogue with other students from all around the world with contest winners at the “Student Forum-2021”!
  • Let’s act proactively to achieve the SDGs—together, we can construct a better future!

Grand Prize: 50,000 Japanese Yen

Other prizes include

“Best Idea (SDGs) Prize” & “Best Production Prize.”

•Osaka University Certificate for all video entries
•The shortlisted videos will be screened at the Awards Ceremony and the Student Forum
on the occasion of Osaka University’s 90th anniversary.


  • Any student at Osaka University and its over 600 partner universities around the world (https://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/international/action/index.html)
  • Must be able to participate in the Awards Ceremony and Student Forum (to be held online) at 16:00~18:00, June 25, 2021 (JST) (tentative)
  • Individual or group entry are both welcome. Please note that only one entry per individual or group can be submitted. In the case of a group, students from other non-partner universities can participate as long as the group representative is from Osaka University or one of the partner universities.

Tips for Submission

  • What can you do to help solve issues facing your localities, communities, society and the world? How can you contribute as a member of society?
  • Focus on a social issue that your community (university, city, region, etc.) faces related to the SDGs, and try to provide at least one recommendation or innovative solution through your video.
  • Decide how to deliver your ideas, project, creations! We welcome any creative ways to present your ideas, including presentations, animations, or other forms, for example, incorporating original songs, dances, poems, or plays. You can also exhibit projects that you developed, such as tools, robots, or software.
  • We look forward to seeing many inspiring videos that capture the originality, creativity and social impact of your proposal.

Video Requirements

  • Length: Up to 3 minutes
  • Language: You can submit in English, Japanese, or your native languages.
     (For languages other than Japanese or English, please make sure to add English subtitles)
  • File size: Up to 400MB
  • Quality: High-quality video is encouraged (The video quality can range from 4K to lower, including videos made on smartphones).
  • Format: .mp4, .mov

How to Submit Your Work:


Please fill out the entry form by May 9, 2021
  • Entry form on Google: https://forms.gle/GsoUSi4W7ZtgBsv68; or
  • Entry form on Wenjuan: https://www.wenjuan.com/s/UZBZJvK3Ql/

  • Step 2 (optional)

    Attend an “online session” to ask questions and learn more about this contest.
    (To be held on April 16, 2021)

    Step 3

    Please submit the following items to the Video Contest Secretariat (videocontest@cgin.osaka-u.ac.jp)
    • A link to download your video file (please ensure that your file can be downloaded; and keep the validity of the URL until June 30, 2021)
    • Video title
    • Video’s content description (100 words in English or 200 words in Japanese)
    • A photo thumbnail from your video (16:9 size recommended)
    • Full names and profiles of all members (university, department, grade, and nationality)
    • The group representative’s contact information (email address, postal address)

    Selection Timeline

    • May 2021: Preliminary screening and selection of videos (at Osaka University)
    • May 2021: Collection of public votes on shortlisted videos through SNS
       Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OUVideoContest, and
       Weibo page https://weibo.com/uosaka
    • June 2021: Final selection by external judges
    • June 25, 2021: Awards Ceremony and the Student Forum (online)

    Main Judging Criteria

    The videos will be judged based on:
     1) Overall quality of the video
     2) Clarity, inspiration, and relevance of central message to the contest themes
     3) Originality and creativity
     4) Level of video production technique

    Entry Deadline: MAY 9, 2021 [SUN]
    Video Submission Deadline: MAY 16, 2021 [SUN]

    Terms of Submission

    • All entries must be original, unpublished works.
    • The images, music, and materials used in the submitted works should be those that do not violate intellectual property rights such as copyrights, or those for which any necessary permission is acquired. If any person or copyrighted material (paintings, photographs, works of art, etc.) appears in the video, it is necessary to obtain the consent of the person or the copyright holder. In the unlikely event that any objection is raised by any parties who have any rights, including copyrights, neighboring rights, or portrait rights, the applicant shall be responsible for resolving the issue at his/her own expense. Osaka University shall bear no responsibility whatsoever.
    • If the organizer judges that any of the following items apply to your entry, it will be excluded from the judging process;
      - In violation of the above precautions;
      - Artwork that violates or may violate any other laws or regulations;
      - Entries that slander individuals, companies, or organizations, invade privacy, contain violent, discriminatory, or obscene expressions, or are offensive to public policy, such as encouraging crime;
    • All copyrights and other intellectual property rights for submitted works belong to the applicant. However, Osaka University or an organization authorized by Osaka University has the right to use the work on the university's webpage, SNS (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), or in events such as award ceremonies, free of charge, without requiring permission from the applicant.
    • The work may be partially edited (adding subtitles and narration, still images, cropping, etc.) for use above mentioned.
    • If there are any falsehoods or violations regarding the contents of the entry, the prize may be cancelled even after the announcement of the winner.
    • By submitting their work, the applicants are deemed to have agreed to all of the precautions outlined in the entry guidelines.

    Handling of Personal Information

    Applicants’ personal information will be used only to the extent necessary for the operation of this contest, and personal information will not be disclosed or made public without the consent of the applicant.

    Precautions to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

    When producing a video as a group, please follow the guidelines of your university to prevent spread of coronavirus infection and keep safety in mind.

    Contact information:

    Video Contest Secretariat, Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University

    Email: videocontest%cgin.osaka-u.ac.jp

    When using this address, please replace [%] with @.

    For the latest information, please visit the Osaka University Student Video Contest SNS:


    Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University
    Center for the Study of Co* Design, Osaka University
    Kansai SDGs Platform
    Supported by:
    Creative Unit, Osaka University