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Chaucer Celebration

The ASU Department of English's biennial Chaucer Celebration commemorates the life and work of medieval author Geoffrey Chaucer with events such as film festivals, concerts, performances, and academic discussions.

2020: Seventh Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucer Goes to the Movies

Image of Geoffrey Chaucer watching a movie with 3D glasses


1st Prize—high school students: $400  |  1st PrizeASU students: $400  |  More prizes TBA

As part of the ASU Chaucer Celebration 2020: "Chaucer Goes to the Movies," we invite high school students in the Phoenix metro area and ASU undergraduates in good standing to submit an original film. Specifically, we're looking for a video—no more than 5 minutes long—of a scene from one of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Special Guest: Brian Helgeland, Academy Award-winning writer and director of A Knight’s Tale


  • 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 metro area (including Ahwatukee and the East Valley cities) or an ASU undergraduate in good standing.
  • All those submitting a video must plan to attend the awards ceremony at ASU-Tempe on Thursday, April 16, 2020, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. (location details to follow). Your award-winning video will be shown to all those assembled at the awards ceremony. Please bring your class and all your friends with you. **If you absolutely cannot be in attendance, contact Professor Richard Newhauser in advance.** 
  • Your video must be available only at Vimeo, YouTube, or your video blog, where it must be publicly accessible. Include the URL for it on our submission page by March 20, 2020 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 the submission page or bring hard copies to the awards event. Awards will be withheld until all release forms are received.

ASU sponsors of the 2020 Chaucer Celebration include the Dean of Humanities in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ASU Library, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Institute for Humanities Research, and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Submit your contest entry

More information about 2020 Chaucer Celebration events, which take place April 16, 2020, will be announced at a later date.

For further information, contact the Department of English, tel: 480-965-3168 or Professor Richard Newhauser, Department of English, tel: 480-965-8139, e-mail: Richard.Newhauser@asu.edu

Download printable video contest flyer: PDF iconasu-chaucer-film-contest-2019-poster-final.pdf

2018: Sixth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Twenty-First-Century Chaucer: March 23, 2018  |  PDF iconchaucerflyer2018.pdf    |    ASU Now story

2016: Fifth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

The Art(s) of Being Geoffrey Chaucer: March 18, 2016  |  chaucerflyer2016final.pdf

2014: Fourth Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucerian Comedy and the Senses (of Humor): April 18, 2014  |  chaucercelebration14.pdf

2012: Third Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucer's England—Sights, Sounds, Poetry: March 30, 2012  |  chaucer12revised.pdf

2010: Second Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucer and Religion: April 1-2, 2010  |  chaucerflyer10final.pdf

2009: First ASU Chaucer Celebration

Chaucer's New Easter Clothes Day: April 3, 2009  |  chaucer_program_09.pdf