• The team should consist of three students (aged 14-17 as of January 1, 2020) and one teacher.
  • All team members must speak English.
  • One teacher cannot lead more than one team.
  • One team should submit no more than one video.
  • Winners of the 2015 – 2019 Fort Ross contests are not eligible to participate.

Contest videos will be judged by a panel of history experts, English teachers, American Studies professors and U.S. specialists, and will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Quality of research
  • Depth of knowledge about the subject
  • Creativity of the presentation
  • English language skills of the entire team
  • Team work and team spirit demonstrated during the Skype interviews.

Participation in the contest is free of charge. Winners should have international passports, and permission from parents to travel to the United States of America in July-August 2020.To apply, please fill out the online application.

The product should be a short film or animated cartoon, no longer than 5 minutes.

The product should be about a Russian personality, idea or, invention, that is popular in America today and serves as an example of our common culture and shared values.

Try to answer the following questions:

      • Who was it or what was it?
      • How did they get there?
      • What positive impact did they have on America?
      • How has this impact been preserved to this day?

Be accurate: what are the most important aspects of your idea?

Be specific: think about how you could bring the message home to the viewer of your video.

The video should be an original piece of work produced specifically for this contest but may include open source video and pictures, photos.  You can not include published songs or videos from commercial films or commercial record studios that you do not have the licence permission for.

The video should be in English with Russian subtitles. All 4 team members must speak in the video; we should be able to hear all participants.

The video should not include any explicit, or discriminatory content. It can be created in any format including, but not limited to:

  • video,
  • documentary or theatrical performance,
  • stop motion or computer animation,
  • puppet or clay cartoons,
  • sand animation,
  • flip-books,
  • comic book panels,
  • or any combination of styles.

As part of the application process, each team should submit a presentation – a link to a private video with a short introduction by the team. The presentation should meet the following requirements:

  • No longer than 2 minutes. Longer introductory video presentations will disqualify the application.
  • All members should introduce themselves in English.
  • Summarize the idea of the video.
  • Uploaded on YouTube, but the video SHOULD NOT be public (It should be uploaded as unlisted).

The contest opens October 25, 2019. The timeline is as follows:

  • Acceptance of entries: October 25, 2019 – January 15, 2020 (23.59 msk)
  • Review of submitted proposals, selection of  semifinalists: January 15 – February 14, 2020
  • Skype interviews with semi-finalists: End of February 2020
  • Winning teams announced: March 2020
  • Winning teams travel to the United States: July 2020
  • The video should be uploaded on YouTube, or another easily accessible video hosting site, but the video SHOULD NOT be made public; it should be uploaded as unlisted. Please include the link to the product in the online application form.
  • By submitting your video, you guarantee it is your team’s original, unpublished work and that you consent to its future publication on other websites.
  • The video should be in English with Russian subtitles. All 4 team members must speak in the video; we should be able to hear all participants.

What expenses are covered?

The program covers all costs directly connected to the participation in the Program.

I'm a little younger/older. Can I still apply?

All requirements of the program are strict. Your application may be rejected if you do not meet any of the requirements.