The first LegacyQuest festival is co-sponsored by Archaeological Legacy Institute and AntiquityNOW (AN).   It is opened to young people between the ages of 12 and 15 (6th – 8th grades) in the United States and abroad.  It will be held in conjunction with The Archaeology Channel (TAC) International Film and Video Festival, May 9-13, 2014, in Eugene, Oregon, USA.


Young people are encouraged to submit videos that represent antiquity’s legacy in contemporary life.  For example, students could depict how the invention of the wheel or calendar has contributed to modern society, or how ancient methods of solar energy have informed today’s green technology.


Entries may be submitted by an individual student (with parent) or by a group or class under the guidance of a teacher (with parent’s permission).


The concept for the festival was designed in accordance with the social studies programs in the United States and correlates with the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.  


The video project will support the development of the following skills in students:


  • Literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Research skills
  • Writing skills
  • Visual communications
  • Storytelling
  • Artistic and design skills


Incorporating the above skills, LegacyQuest video projects can also be effective in addressing students’ different styles of learning and be an exciting and instructive process for students with learning challenges.


LegacyQuest Video


  • Theme:  Antiquity’s legacy in contemporary life
  • Format:  5 minute video (maximum); footage can include pictures, infographics, interviews, b-roll, music, etc.; footage (50 %) must be original, although stock images can be used, as, for example, with pictures of ancient sites
  • Project description
    • Individual or group (e.g., classroom) or individual submissions; students must have parent and teacher signed permissions
    • Can be interdisciplinary (e.g., social studies and journalism classes work together on theme of mass communications, ancient v. modern times)
    • Submission requirements
      • Entry Form
      • Video
      • Research notes, storyboard (optional) and script
      • Short essay (250-500 words, in English) on why this particular topic was chosen
      • Translation of materials to English, if necessary
  • Deadlines
    • December 13th, 2013 – Letter of Intent (in English)
      • One-page description of project
      • Includes details identifying project filmmaker(s), teacher(s), etc.
      • Offers LegacyQuest festival producers opportunity to gauge entries and give feedback regarding proposal, if necessary (TAC and AN will not respond to each entry—only those that need some further clarification)
    • February 28th, 2014 – Deadline for submissions
  • Judging and awards
    • Judges will consider:
      • The creativity and inventiveness of  concept showing the connection between antiquity and modern times
      • The process (as seen through notes/storyboards) as it developed from initial idea to final presentation
      • Cohesiveness of script
      • Strength of written and visual storytelling
    • Awards
      • First, second and third prizes awarded
      • Honorable mention awarded to 10 entries
      • All winners will be announced as part of The Archaeology Channel (TAC) International Film and Video Festival 2014
        • TAC will promote winners through its website and social media
        • AntiquityNOW (AN) will promote winners through its blog, website and social media, and incorporate videos with attribution into educational curricula available on AN’s website



If you or your class are interested in this festival, HERE is the entry form. Please read it carefully to make sure of a prompt and accurate entry.


The LegacyQuest logo was adapted from “Walk in the Sun” by Dan Fenelon, AntiquityNOW’s virtual artist-in-residence.