Inspired by the University of Waterloo’s  GRADflix initiative, this summer Queen’s University will host its inaugural GRADflix showcase event!
Create a short video, moving slide show or animation between 60-90 seconds in length that describes your research and get a chance to participate in the Gradflix showcase event on June 29th.

GRADflix offers an exciting opportunity for graduate students to share their current research in a dynamic and creative way, gain insights into the work of their peers and get a chance to win a prize for the best GRADflix showcase.

Why should you participate?

  • Learn a new skill: use digital narrative to explain a complex idea, and develop your "elevator pitch" while doing so!
  • Expand your network: having a video about your research will make it easier to network online. Add the video to your LinkedIn profile, or add a link to your resume. In addition, the GRADflix showcase event will allow you to network with other students, faculty members and community. 
  • Broaden your communication skills: you will be developing your research communication skills, while also teaching you how to communicate to non-specialist audiences. 
  • Gain greater exposure for your research: video is an accessible, easy-to-share format for telling your research story. 
  • Have the opportunity to be the People’s Choice winner.
  • Apply the skills you learn through this competition to your teaching: many professors use technology in the classroom, and video is one way to integrate technology in to your teaching.
  • Enter more competitions: depending on your field of study, your video may meet the criteria for submission to SSHRC's Storytellers competition as an example.  Consider submitting your video to other competitions, too!

Important dates

The dates for the inaugural Queen’s 2023 GRADflix Showcase are as follows:

  • May 25th – Gradflix information and training Session from 6 PM – 7.30 PM online (session will be recorded)
  • June 5th – GradFlix drop in feedback session (hybrid) in Gordon Hall, room 302 from 12 PM to 1 PM
  • June 22nd – GradFlix Deadline to submit your video if you want to be considered for the GradFlix Showcase event (submission details TBA_
  • June 29th – GradFlix Showcase starting at 5.30 PM (Venue TBA)

Eligibility and video requirements

To be eligible to participate in GRADflix Showcase Event, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Queen’s University graduate student who is registered in a master's (thesis or MRP) or PhD program at the time of the GRADflix showcase. 
  • Master's and PhD students who have degree completed, but have not yet convocated, are eligible to participate.
  • You must be willing to allow your video to be made public and provide a photo and short biography if you are selected as a finalist. Your photo and biography will also be made public. 
  • By submitting your video, you are agreeing that your submission is an original work created by you, and that you have all necessary rights in and to the submission. 

  • Videos can take many forms, but must include: movement (slide transitions, zoom, or a subject moving on video), sound (voice over, sound, and/or music).
  • Your video may be at least 60 seconds, but may not be longer than 90 seconds.
  • Your video must focus on research conducted for your thesis, MRP or dissertation in your current graduate program at Queen’s University.
  • All video submissions will be required to submit a script for closed captioning purposes for when we post on  our YouTube account after the showcase event.
  • When creating your video keep copyright in mind. As your video will be made available online, you need to make sure that you are using third party content properly. If you want to avoid copyright complications, take a look at the resources provided by the Univeristy of Waterloo's Copyright and Licensing Librarian, Lauren Byl.
  • Abstracts, oral descriptions, slides, pictures and videos can all constitute public disclosure and affect intellectual property rights and patentability. If this may be a concern, consult with your supervisor, or Queen’s Intellectual Property website for further information.
  • You also agree that this submission does not infringe upon or violate any laws or any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and must not constitute material that would be considered libelling, defamatory, a privacy violation, tortious or a contract breach.

The SGSPA has produced a helpful information session for students that want to participate in GRADflix.

You can check it out on our YouTube channel here.

Criteria to consider when producing your video

Communication (50%)

Your ability to communicate your research effectively and efficiently to a general audience through language and visuals. A strong video will demonstrate:

  • Ability to explain complex ideas to a non-specialist audience
  • Well-designed script with clear language and terminology
  • Good pacing and sequencing of information (i.e. easy to follow)
  • Audio and visuals that add information, clarify ideas, or complement the message
  • Clear explanation of contribution(s) to research/scholarship

Creativity (30%)

Your ability to present your research in a unique and thoughtful way. A strong video will demonstrate:

  • Creative use of (limited) time
  • Novel and interesting presentation of information
  • Engaging format that captures audience interest

Technical quality (20%)

Your ability to produce a video with quality visual and audio components. A strong video will demonstrate:

  • High quality sound and images
  • Integration of appealing audio/visual elements

Note: By submitting your video, you are agreeing that all sounds, images, information, etc. are cited or credited in the video, as required.

Resources and examples

We are currently producing our own resources, but the University of Waterloo has many great resources you can use and look at. 

Waterloo Training session (YouTube Video Link)

Creating Copyright Conscious Videos (PDF, 260 KB)

Examples of video styles

Wondering what we're looking for in terms of style? You have lots of options! Check out some of the following examples on Waterloo’s YouTube of grad student videos. Notice that some are animations, others are video-recorded, and some are made with PowerPoint or sketches.

Video Type Example

Magazine project for newcomer children by Hasan Ahmet Gokce

Rethinking women’s desire: The science behind low libido by Siobhan Sutherland

Video recording

 Virtuality of motion sickness by Siyavash Izadi

Unlocking meaning: Doors as a “key” to understanding Honoré de Balzac’s novels by Rachel Green

Stop motion

#GenerationRestoration: Peatlands and greenhouse gases by Megan Schmidt

Price prediction with machine learning by Muhammad Saad
Mixed media

GitHub use for government related work by Jaydeep Mistry

Making gay identities: Queer media practices queering media technologies by Jason Lajoie