Crowd-sourced Documentary

This project will document the 2019 parade & festival from cradle to grave, from poster contest to pop-ups, from workshops to Westfield float display, from float making to festival performances. Crowd-sourced means voluntarily filmed by whomever wants to, whenever it’s relevant. We want as many different points of view/angles and stories possible
  • Working title: “Parade Makers: a crowd-sourced documentary"
  • Length of final doc: Approximately 60 min (after editing)
  • Your uploaded video will be curated, edited and compiled. We will use some of the footage that you submit in the final product.
  • Kinds of content: Rough footage, interviews, high-end crafted stories about making floats and parade art, community outreach efforts, volunteers, footage of the set-up and of the parade & festival, documentary style and fictionalized, experimental (dog cam, float cam)
  • Label your video clip with the name you want credited in the final doc. Use the same label on your waiver and on all communications. Include: submitting filmmaker or organization name.
  • Type of video file: .mov, .mp3, .mp4 or any file compatible with Apple. <500MB
  • Length of clip: Less than 1 minute. If you submit more than 10 clips we promise to include excerpts from at least 10 of the best ones in our judgement.
  • How to submit: If you want to submit a video file, send an email to We will reply with an invitation to upload your document via Google drive into the cloud on a shareable file. You must have a gmail account to upload. Use this same email address for questions and requests for info.
Get permission from people you film
Get written permission from all people filmed who can be identified. All minors filmed must have a parent's or guardian's signature. Names must be legible. Sample waiver forms are provided on this web site.  Upload a waiver/release form with your video. If you are not sure whether you need a waiver, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Can you clearly see that person’s face?
  • Do they speak on camera?
  • Does the person do anything that would identify him or her to the audience at large?
If the answer is “yes,” consider the shot usable only if there is a waiver from that individual. If the answer is “no,” a waiver is often unnecessary. If the answer is “yes” but you couldn’t get a waiver, either a) blur the person’s face, b) crop the person out, c) track them down after the fact, or d) don't use that shot. Additionally, if a person explicitly tells you not to film them (or show their face if you do), then don't do it.