2020 #MakeMercyReal Video Contest

2020 #MakeMercyReal Video Contest!

Calling all Mercy students to tell the compelling story of how people in their communities “make mercy real” and live out the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns. Put those creative ideas and skills to work, the Grand Prize Winner will receive $500!

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Rules for entry and how to upload your video.



Who Can Enter

Any and all students, high school age or older, who attend Mercy high schools, colleges/universities, or who are involved in a Mercy-affiliated ministry.


Use the medium of video to share about one or more of Mercy's Critical Concerns by focussing on:

  • educating about an injustice
  • demonstrating how an individual or group with a history of activism has confronted injustice (the action can still be in process)
  • showing how an individual or group has been negatively impacted by an injustice

Format Requirements

Length: under 5 minutes

Language: English or Spanish

Videos must include:

  1. A Title Screen. (Try to use something other than “Make Mercy Real.”)
  2. A Credit Screen

Credits must include the name of those involved in the creation of the video. It must also include citations for any images, audio, or text used in the video that is not original. The time used for the title and the credits does not count against the 5-minute video length limit. For example, if the title screen is 5-second-long and the credits are 15 seconds long, the total video length can be 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

Entrants are strongly encouraged to use original footage as much as possible.

We've created a tip-sheet to help you as you begin the process of creating your video.


All entries must be received by April 1, 2020.


  • A panel of judges will select the winning video.
  • Individual winners will receive financial awards. Grand Prize Winner receives $500.
  • Winning entries may be featured on the Sisters of Mercy Institute web site, www.sistersofmercy.org/contest.
  • Winners and their winning institution will be formally announced.


If you think you might be interested in entering this contest, fill out this form.

Previous Years Winners


Grace Wettengel, Morgan Lee, Michelle Delgado & Nina Bennett
Injustices in India's Villages
College of St. Mary
Omaha, Nebraska



Alyssa Dela Cruz
Make Mercy Real
Academy of Our Lady of Guam
Hagatna, Guam



Kenzie Uhr
Change the Narrative
Mount St. Mary Catholic High School
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  USA