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Tale Spin 2014
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Rules and Regulations
The Tale Spin 2014 contest is jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and Pizza Hut.
Eligibility and participation
The contest is open to primary school pupils (from Years Three to Six) and secondary school students (from Forms One to Six) in Malaysia. Malaysian students studying in International schools located in Malaysia are eligible for participation. Participation is through schools only. Entries from individuals or tuition centres will not be entertained.
Only one contest coordinator per school is allowed.
Contest coordinators must register their schools and teams online at the contest website (
) during the registration period that runs from Apr 30 to May 30. Subsequently, team information and number of storyboard and video clip entries must be updated between June 16 and June 29. Online registration closes on June 30.
The list of registered schools will be published in the contest website on June 6. The updated list of registered schools and their corresponding Pizza Hut voucher tally will be published in the contest website on July 11. The contest coordinator is to check and ensure that the school concerned is registered and that the voucher tally is accurate. Failure to inform the organisers of discrepancies within the stipulated time frame of seven working days (from July 11 to 23) will render any further amendments void, and the final voucher tally will be at the discretion of the organisers.
Team structure and contest mechanics
Participants must be in teams of four or five to join the contest.
Each participant can only be a member of ONE team.
COMPULSORY category: Each participating team MUST submit a storyboard that is designed on three A3 pages of Star-NiE’s original template.
OPTIONAL category: Teams may submit a three-minute video clip entry to win exciting prizes in the video clip category.
Each team may submit more than one entry comprising storyboards only OR a combination of storyboard(s) and video clip(s), but only one entry per team will be eligible to compete in the Grand Finals.
Format/content of storyboard
Each team must use the original blank storyboard template published in the Star-NiE pullout dated April 23 (for primary schools) or April 30 (for secondary schools) to create their storyboard(s) for the contest. The entry form on page 10 of the template must be completed with the students' details.
The format and compulsory elements of the storyboard category are as follows:
For primary schools
• The front page of the template (tabloid size A3) must be titled and illustrated to look like a book cover. The illustration can be in the form of a photograph or hand-drawn sketch that highlights the story.
• For the centrespread, the story must include a moral value or message attached to it, in line with the school syllabi. Pupils can choose to illustrate their storyboard by drawing the story in comic form, or by posing for scenes and taking snapshots of their story within eight frames or less. The moral of the story must be provided in the last (ninth) frame of the template.
For secondary schools
• The front page of the template (tabloid size A3) must have a title, followed by characterisation (a brief description or background of the characters in the story). We encourage a minimum of two characters in each story.
• For the centrespread, students must tell a story in the form of a storyboard, beginning from the rising action or the middle/thick of the plot. The story may end with a cliffhanger, in an open-ended fashion or with a conclusion. This must be done within eight frames or less. In the ninth frame, a character will provide a retrospective reflection in text form, beginning with the words "If only…" The onus is on the team to provide a learning point that the character(s) has discovered in hindsight. Students can cleverly weave their moral value(s) in this frame to tie the story together. At least one crossover character from any genre (such as movies, novels or comics) must be featured in the storyboard. Students can choose to illustrate their storyboard by drawing the story in comic form, or by posing for scenes and taking snapshots of their story.
The frames of the storyboard must be arranged in a story sequence and narrated accordingly. Dialogue can be included.
Marks will be allocated for creativity, coherence, content and proper use of language.
Students may conduct research using books, articles and the Internet but materials must not be plagiarised. Plagiarism will result in the automatic disqualification of an entry.
All storyboard entries, once submitted, become the property of the organisers.
Format/content of video clip
This category is shared between the primary school pupils and secondary school students.
An original copy of the ENTRY FORM must be used as a cover/sleeve for the team’s video clip entry.
The video clip must be formatted on MPEG or WMV files that are supported by Windows Media Player, and must be downloaded into a Compact Disc or DVD only. The disc must be clearly labelled with the team’s name and school.
One CD/DVD must contain only ONE video clip. For example, if a team produces five video clips, the team must download the clips into five separate discs, each attached with an original entry form from page 10 of the contest template.
The three-minute video clip can be in the form of a jingle, public service announcement, advertisement or short film on the theme of
Food for thought
Students are required to subtly embed the placement of any Pizza Hut products into the video clip, such as Pizza Hut’s food, logo, building or restaurant.
Videos must be original creations.
All video clip entries, once submitted, become the property of the organisers.
Primary schools: For teams to stand a chance in the Grand Finals, the contest coordinator from each participating school MUST NOMINATE THREE ENTRIES for the storyboard category and ONE ENTRY for the video clip category for the school.
Secondary schools: For teams to stand a chance in the Grand Finals, the contest coordinator from each participating school MUST NOMINATE THREE ENTRIES for the lower secondary level and THREE ENTRIES for the upper secondary level for the storyboard category, and ONE ENTRY for the video clip category for the school.
Failure to do so on the contest coordinator’s part may result in the automatic disqualification of a school in the Grand Finals.
Primary schools: Two teams from the primary school level whose storyboard entries have been shortlisted will be invited to the Grand Finals in September, where each team will perform a five-minute drama in English to re-enact their story based on the storyboard to a panel of judges.
Secondary schools: Two teams from each level (lower secondary and upper secondary) whose storyboard entries have been shortlisted will be invited to the Grand Finals in September. Each team will perform a five-minute drama in English to reveal the beginning of the story leading up to the conflict(s)/scene(s) depicted in the storyboard. The presentation will be carried out in front of a panel of judges.
The panel of judges will pose questions to each team after the presentation of the said dramas. The storyboard entry will make up 50% of the total score, while the remaining 50% will be based on the presentation and the Question and Answer session at the Grand Finals.
The teams whose video entries have been shortlisted will be invited to attend the Grand Finals for the final voting session. An interactive voting session with the audience (incorporating the use of keypads) will be conducted. This voting exercise excludes the teams from the video category. The votes will make up 50% of the total score while the remaining 50% will be based on the judges’ deliberation. There will be three teams in total shortlisted for this category.
The judges' decisions are final. All winning entries become the property of the contest organisers.
: The video clip category is optional. Judging for merit award and grand prize will be based on the storyboard category only.
The venue and time of the Grand Finals will be advised at a later date. All travelling costs associated with the finalists’ attendance at the Grand Finals will be borne by the finalists themselves.
Submission of entries
The contest coordinator (teacher-in-charge) who coordinates the contest for the school must register the school and update the team information and number of entries online, and subsequently print out the completed online registration form from the website, and submit it together with the entries.
Contest coordinators must submit their schools’ entries (as proof of participation and for judging) in one batch by June 30.
Entries must be sent to
The NiE Editorial Manager (Tale Spin 2014)
Star-NiE Level 3A, Menara Star,
15 Jalan 16/11, Section 16,
46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Proof of postage is not proof of receipt.
Terms and Conditions
By participating in this contest, all participants expressly agree to have read and understood all rules and regulations set out within, and agree to abide by these requirements. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may result in the rejection of entries and/or disqualification of the participant(s).
Intellectual property rights and indemnification
By participating in this contest, all participants warrant that all material submitted herein (photographs, content, etc.) are the rightful property of the submitting participant and do not infringe or violate the rights of any other third party. Participants agree to indemnify and keep indemnified the organisers against all claims, losses, damages and/or expenses whatsoever arising from any infringement or violation of any third party intellectual property rights.
The organisers reserve the right to add to, delete, vary or amend the terms and conditions herein or change or modify any aspect of this contest in whole or in part at any time and from time to time, at the sole discretion and without notice and without liability to the contest participants or any other party.