2012 Mini Contest on Natural Family Planning

 

Contest Description:
Natural Family Planning: The Better Way

Users of NFP often fly under the radar. They are out there and it’s time to let them tell their story or for others to investigate why NFP is a valid, good-living practice that is healthy for marriages and the Common Good.

Whether it’s for “marriage insurance” or for ecological reasons, filmmakers will inform about NFP in their 5-minute (or less) documentary or commercial-style video. Those new to video production can learn about the process through the Goodness Reigns Film School and other online resources including a downloadable guide on this site.

Please Note:
There are many ways to approach this topic. While we are particularly interested in outreach to youth and young adults, there are teachings appropriate to all age groups. We ask that you consider the most appropriate material for those you wish to address, whether you are a youth, young adult, clergy, an elementary school or high school teacher or a campus minister.

Suggested Approaches:
Interview a married couple that uses NFP about its impact on their marriage, family
Documentary Ideas–The science behind NFP, Going green with NFP, societal impact of NFP
Interview your parish priest/minister about why the church supports the use of NFP
After researching NFP create a commercial that would attract your audience to learn more about it
Compose a rap song on Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (Google it!)
Tape little kids talking about why children and/or families are special/important. Here’s an EXAMPLE. (see The Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Contest Rules and Release Form:
Read about Contest Rules HERE.
You’ll need media release forms for all individuals appearing in your video. Find them HERE.

Important Contest Dates & Information:

Video submissions begin May 25.
Deadline for submissions is June 25.
Winners will be announced July 16.
People’s Choice Voting runs from July 16 to July 22, with the winner being announced on July 23.

Grand Prize: A Panasonic GH2 with lens or $1,000! More prizes to be announced!
People’s Choice Award: Manfroto Monopod or $300

Judging Criteria
Contest videos will be judged based on…
Content: Does the audience come away with new insights, a better understanding or feel inspired?
Audience Appeal: Does the video engage its audience (primarily youth and young adults)?
Quality: Do technical elements add to or detract from the video’s overall effectiveness?

Resources to Consider:
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops–Look for the Natural Family Planning section at this site: www.usccb.org.

Natural Family Planning International   http://www.nfpandmore.org

Billings Ovulation Method Association—USA–www.boma-usa.org

Couple to Couple League In Spanish–Aqui!

Family of the Americas Foundation–www.familyplanning.net

Institute for NFP, College of Nursing, Marquette University–

Northwest Family Services, Inc.–www.nwfs.org

Pope Paul VI Institute

One More Soul

Theology of the Body Institute

Find a copy of the YOUCAT or The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Catechism of The Catholic Church: The Love of Husband & Wife

Humanae Vitae (On The Regulation of Birth)

Casti Connubii (On Christian Marriage)

Familiaris Consortio (On The Role of The Christian Family in The Modern World)

Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)

Living the Sacrament (An online Catholic NFP Community complete with information on various NFP methods and mentor couples for guidance and support)

BLOGS:

NFP Works (offered by the Edith Stein Foundation)

The Art of Natural Family Planning http://artofnfp.org/