Every entry featured on CoL receives one free copy.
Only the best entries will make it on the final cut.
Huge marketing opportunity plus gain admiration from
100% of all profits made from the sale of CoL
will go towards paying for the bandwidth used by the community forums,
meet others, lessons, galleries and images.
A Part of COL2013 will be set aside for a competition section
which you may enter if you wish.
1st prize is USD$2000 Cash! and USD$1000 credit to your HOP shop
2nd prize is USD$500 credit to your HOP shop account.
3rd prize is USD$250 credit to your HOP shop account.
Rules (last updated Jan 2010)
Video clips can be edited or unedited, with or without music.
Position of clip on tape must be at beginning of the tape. Please specify
if editing can/should be done to shorten your entry to fit on the final
Duration: Clip duration is now more flexible.
We believe you should be aiming for an average of 3 minutes, however up to 5 minutes is now possible.
You should be aiming for Quality not Quantity.
Entries over 3 minutes duration
should be accompanied with supporting reasons for the length.
Home of Poi will select the entries which will make it to the final DVD. Previously we
were limited to around 30 entries but this year we can have more (up to double the previous).
However, we reserve the right to reject entries.
Must be able to see the person/s performing.
If music supplied then a
written authorization must be given from the music artist/s giving
permission to use their piece on the COL2013 video and/or DVD. Also
required is the artists contact details to go in the cover slip of the
video case. If no music is supplied then we will try our best to find accompanying music.
Supply a name/s to appear on video before the clip, and contact details
to be shown in the cover slip of the video case.
Must be doing swinging , twirling, or any of the fire arts.
No fire breathing.
No "x-rated" material.
No advertising material.
No text superimposed over and
during the performance.
Videos can be on any tape, VCD,DVD in any format (VHS pal or NTSC
formats). NTSC VCD/DVD is preferred.
You may enter as a group or as an individual as may times as you
like. Each entry to be on a separate tape,VCD,DVD and with a completed
video submission form.
Videos will be returned only if requested.
Competition section will be judged by Home of Poi Ltd.
Winners will be announced before end of November 2013.
Judges decisions are final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
Entries can not be placed on the internet* without express permission from Home of Poi Ltd.
Notes: *Please be aware that videos uploaded onto video hosting websites like YouTube, myspace, google video,
dailymotion, metacafe, ifilm, grouper, revver, photobucket, blip.tv, break.com, stage6.divx, kewego, wat.tv, wideo, ...
are not allowed as once uploaded they, take over part ownership of your media
content, and thus would require permission from them before we can use the footage.
Because of this we will only accept videos that have not previously been placed on a video hosting service.
It also defeats the purpose of creating something special to assist fundraising for the HoP community services and bandwidth.
If you could download the entries on the DVD, producing it would be a waste of our time.
Suggestions on how to make a better
Avoid using "auto focus"
Use a tripod
extra light so we can see you
in a nice location
The use of a tripod often makes a dramatic impact in the quality
of the final movie. If you plan to move the camera during filming, you
should move it very slowly and as smoothly as you can. A jerking camera
motion is hard to compress.
Avoid hand-held shooting if possible. If your camera has an image-stabilization
option you should turn this function on. Generally using this feature
will reduce subtle changes between frames from camera motion.
If you do not own a tripod, hold or rest the camera against the back
of a chair.
If filming fire at night you will find it better using "manual focus".
This is because "auto focus" will have difficulty working out what to
focus on and will make fuzzy what you want to be clear.
Make sure you have other sources of light so that we can see you.
If you mess up during filming, cut the mistake out and move the camera
to a new angle. That way we can not tell if a cut was made to change
angle of the filming or because you cut out the part where you wrapped
the poi around your legs and fall over. This is a good trick to make
you look better. Cuts in filming every second may lead us to believe
A nice location is also good and will visually add to a
Dressing up adds another dimension to your performance. Please
be sure of clothing safety if
Our CoL e-book
has some more information for your consideration.