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Fast Forward…Inventing the Future Video Competition

September 5, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

The Fast Forward…Inventing the Future gallery at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) celebrates the innovative spirit of bold thinkers who are changing our world. MSI is hosting a competition to create a signature video for the gallery that addresses the following questions: What is innovation? Why is innovation important? How does innovation happen?

The video may be up to one minute in length and should speak to a wide demographic. It will be shown on three connected screens near the entrance to the gallery.

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This is a two tiered competition:

Round 1 – Submissions focus on the concept for your video. Deliverables include the visual media you feel best communicates your design intent, such as a story board, animation or video sketch and a written document outlining your concept (300 word max.).

Round 2 – Five finalists will be selected to submit a full length video sketch of their proposal. Additional details for this round will be supplied to the finalists upon their announcement.


The video should introduce the concept of innovation for visitors to the gallery and infuse the space with a creative and visionary spirit. We are looking for a video that is concise and entertaining. Here are a few examples:

Apple: Think Different Campaign

In Good We Trust – Bruce Mau

Intel “Rock Stars” Commercial

Love What You Make – Frog Design


Five finalists will receive a $250 honorarium and $500 to support production costs to advance their proposal.
The winning entry will receive a $1,500 honorarium and a $2,500 production budget to support costs of completing the project.


September 7 – Round 1 submission due.
September 9 – Finalists will be contacted.
September 30 – Round 2 submissions due.
October 4 – Winning entry announced.
October 17 – Completed video delivered to MSI.
October 23 – Video debuts to the public.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago encompasses more than 15 acres and welcomes an average of 1.5 million visitors annually. The Museum’s primary audience is families with children from the Chicago area, but is visited each year by people from all around the world and was named one of LIFE Magazine’s Top 15 Museums in the World. Through our exhibitions and diverse educational programs, the Museum provides opportunities to become immersed in the creative process of science through fun experiences that are real, relevant, educational and that help visitors make the connections between science and their everyday lives.


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