We received 114 creative and exciting videos about different things (objects, inventions, innovations) that are originally from America but that exist today in Russia and serve as examples of our common culture and shared values. All videos were evaluated by a team of experts including representatives of the Fort Ross Conservancy, U.S. and Russian professors of history, IT specialists, and international relations experts.
Project topics were extremely different – from smart phones, Google, hamburgers and nylon to personal and historical items connecting families in the Unites States and Russia. This year the contest was very competitive; all topics were well researched, videos were thrilling and interesting to watch. All these factors made the work of the panel very difficult.
After the first selection step thirteen highly-qualified semifinalist teams were selected to be interviewed. Based on the interview results four winning teams have been selected.