Call for Submissions: 4’33” Research in the Arts Competition

A Featured Event of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts

The 4’33’’ Research in the Arts Competition 2020 is now open for submissions. We are inviting all UGA student scholars and artists to share their research and compete for cash prizes in this exciting, virtual event. The competition will highlight scholarly research about any art form or combination of art forms, including (but not restricted to): visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, literature, media arts, or performance art. Presentations should be focused on historical, theoretical, and critical research about art, as opposed to original works of art created by the students. This is a great opportunity for students to share their research in a clear and accessible way to students, faculty, administrators, and alumni throughout the university.

This year our event is available entirely online.

  • To participate in the contest students will submit a filmed, oral presentation on their research no longer than 4 minutes and 33 seconds in length.
  • Submissions will be posted on ELC and available to for anyone with a UGA password to view and comment on.
  • A panel of five judges (faculty, administrators, and students from different disciplines) will select 10 finalists to move onto the final round.
  • The final round of judging will be live streamed at the end of the Spotlight Festival, and the top ten submissions will be announced and screened.
  • A celebrity judge (TBA) will announce the winner who will receive the $433 prize. In addition, event participants will select a “people’s choice” winner who will receive a $150 prize.

For instructions on how to upload your submission please email

  • Name and major degree area
  • Name of faculty advisor
  • Your UGA MyID

Video submission requirements:

  • You are encouraged to intercut your video with images and/or short video clips and use titles. (Think YouTube videoblog.) Feel free to be creative!
  • Videos be no more than four minutes and thirty-three seconds in length.
  • Videos should be explanatory of individual research (no short films).
  • The Department of Theatre and Film Studies’ dramatic media studio will be providing technical assistance to any students who apply before the “early bird” deadline of Wednesday 21. This includes feedback on video editing, audio content, and other technical assistance.


The 4’33 Video Competition will be held on Wednesday, November 20.

Tech Assistance Deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 5:00 pm

Final Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 4, 5:00 pm


Have Questions?

Please contact Dr. David Saltz with questions at

For a list of FAQs and past winners, see:

We look forward to your submissions!

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