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Chaucer Returns to the Movies

The Eighth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration invites submissions for a Video Contest

  • First Prize (high school students): $500
  • First Prize (ASU students): $500
  • And more prizes will be awarded!

Special Guests: MANOHLA DARGIS, film critic, The New York Times; author, L.A. Confidential (BFI, 2003); and KEITH PHIPPS, film critic; author, Age of Cage: Four Decades of Hollywood Through One Singular Career (Holt, forthcoming October 2021)


  • The submission must be or contain your original video of a scene from one of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Submissions can be a maximum of 5 minutes long and must contain the names of every person appearing in the video. Contestants are responsible for any licensing of images or copyrighted material used in their videos. We prefer work that is suitable for most adult audiences, and would likely be rated PG-13 or TV-14.

  • You must be a high school student in the Phoenix area (including Ahwatukee and the East Valley cities) or an ASU undergraduate in good standing.

  • You must be available for the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 7, 9:00-11:00 a.m. in person or via Zoom. Your award-winning video will be shown to all those at the Awards Ceremony (location and URL of the Awards Ceremony to follow).

  • Your video must be available only at Vimeo, YouTube, or your video blog, where it must be publicly accessible. Submit the URL for it by March 20, 2022 with your name, email contact, name of high school or ASU student ID number, and telephone number (minors must include the name, email address, and telephone number of a parent or guardian who can grant permission for the video to be reposted in public). You, or your parent/guardian must also click the button allowing us to share and report the video. Winners will be notified before the awards ceremony.

  • Every person appearing in the video must sign an ASU Release Form. You can upload signed forms to this application or bring hard copies to the awards event. Awards will be withheld until all release forms are received.

Sponsored by the following units at ASU: Dean of Humanities in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English and its Creative Writing Program, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ASU Library, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Institute for Humanities Research, Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.