Terms and Conditions
Videos must be a minimum of 30 seconds long and must not exceed two minutes.
Videos must not contain any copyrighted material (including copyrighted background music) unless you have the rights to the material. Videos must be the entrant's original creation. Content, including music, audio, speech/voiceovers, stills, video supers or other audiovisual materials must be: 1) created and performed by the entrants; 2) original creations of works in the public domain.
You can use IMA logos and materials in your videos but must use our official logo. Please click here for official IMA logos.
Videos cannot contain any profanity, offensive language, nudity or otherwise objectionable material, the determination of which is solely at the discretion of IMA. IMA is not responsible for any opinions contained in entrants' videos.
Videos must be in the English language or subtitled.
IMA reserves the right to reject, to decline to make available for public viewing, or at any time to remove from the contest any video that IMA finds unsuitable for any reason at its sole discretion.
Multiple entries are allowed.
A group or team of persons may submit a video and designate one representative to be the contact person. Maximum team size is limited to five members.
All submitted videos become the property of IMA and may be used for promotional purposes by IMA.
By entering this contest, you agree to all rules concerning the contest that now exist or that IMA may publish in the future
To maintain anonymity in the judging process, the account name should not be related to IMA, to your school, or to a teammate’s name. Do not include credits at the end of the video.
Any attempt by a contestant to influence the result or subvert the competition may lead to immediate disqualification.
Entrants should be aware of the potential tax consequences of winning any prize. Awards of prizes valued at $600 or more to a person residing in the U.S. will be reported to the IRS.
To be eligible to receive a prize, the team member must be listed on the entry form and participate/appear in the video.
IMA is not responsible for obtaining visa approvals or travel documentation for travel to the annual IMA conference.
Travel to IMA conference includes round trip coach flight and four nights accommodations for 1-5 group members. All travel arrangements will be sponsored and coordinated by IMA. Winners will be contacted for details.
IMA’s panel of independent judges will review all entries and select up to three finalists. The judging committee will look for a memorable, engaging, informative professional, fun, and entertaining video based on the following criteria: creativity and emotional value; storytelling and content; and true to the theme (“You’ve Got to Earn it”) and the future of the profession.
Once the judging committee selects the finalists, their videos will be posted on IMA’s Facebook page. The number of likes for each video as of Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5:00pm EST will determine who receives the first (grand), second, and third prize.
Purchasing “likes” for votes or sharing the video in a group that is created for the sole purpose of generating “likes” is not permitted.
Grand Prize: The creators of the winning video will receive $2,500 (USD) and the Wiley CMAexcel Platinum Review Course Scholarship* for each team member (up to five). Plus, the winning video will be screened at IMA’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, June 16-20, 2018 and will also be posted on IMA’s Facebook channel. Winner(s) will also receive all expenses paid trip (round trip airfare, ground transportation and four night hotel stay, conference registration) to IMA’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, June 16-20, 2018. If submitted as a group, maximum of 5 members will receive the trip package to the conference.
Second Prize: The creators of the second place video will receive $1,500 (USD) and the Wiley CMAexcel 11th Hour Final Review Scholarship** for each team member (up to five).
Third Prize: The creators of the third place video will receive $1,000 (USD) and the Wiley CMAexcel 11th Hour Final Review Scholarship** for each team member (up to five).
Honorable Mention: Up to five honorable mention videos will receive $100 (USD) Visa gift cards..
Note: If videos are submitted as a group, cash prizes and gift cards will be shared among the team.
* Wiley CMAexcel Platinum Review Course Scholarship retail value is $1,800 (USD).
**Wiley CMAexcel 11th Hour Final Review Scholarship with CMA Test Bank Scholarship retail value is $600 (USD).
Finalists will be notified by email and may be requested to complete additional documentation required by the competition.
Key Contest Dates
Submission deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
Finalists announced and posted for voting on IMA’s Facebook: Monday, February 19, 2018
Voting on Facebook: Monday, February 19, 2018 - Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5:00pm EST
Winners Announced on IMA’s Facebook channel: Thursday, March 1, 2018
By entering the contest, participants agree and acknowledge that IMA® becomes the owner of all videos submitted and that IMA may use the submitted video for reproduction in IMA® social media, events, news, or promotional material, whether in print, electronic, or other media, including the IMA® website. By participating in IMA’s 2018 CMA Video Contest, all participants grant IMA® the right to their names and video submission for such purposes. All contestants agree to sign any copyright transfer or permission document requested by IMA in regard to this paragraph.
By entering this contest you agree to hold IMA harmless from any liability that may accrue to IMA by virtue of the content of the video submitted by you to this contest.
By entering this contest, you agree to all rules concerning the contest that now exist or that IMA may publish in the future.
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