Frequently Asked Questions

There are addition and changes of the Rules and Regulations of 74th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival (2022). Members / Competitors should read the whole set of Rules and Regulations thoroughly.

Index: Competition Mode | Enrolment | Shooting and Recording | Video Submission Procedures

Competition Mode

 1. How will the competition be held this year (2022)?

Due to the pandemic, this year’s Speech Festival (2022) will be held in “Video Submission Mode” again with Solo and Duo classes only. Members can enol their students in the competition from 22 August (10:00 a.m.) to 26 September 2022 (5:00 p.m.). The “Competition Notification (CN)” will be released on the Member’s Area of the Association website from 10:00 a.m. on 2 November 2022. Competitors can record their competition videos according to the enrolment, and then complete the “Video Online Submission Form” for video submission from 11 November (10:00 a.m.) to 24 November 2022 (5:00 p.m.). Competitors of the same class will be allocated into a number of groups. The competition videos of each group will be judged by one adjudicator.
(Reference: Part 2 – Part 5 of Rules and Regulations)

 2. How will the competition result be released?

Competition Results Report will be uploaded to the Member’s Area of the Association website from 10 February 2023 (10:00 a.m.) onwards for members’ checking. Members can collect the mark sheets and pennants (if any) for their students by presenting valid membership card at the Association office from the same date, but prior booking is required. Competitors may ask their responsible members for results checking. University / Post-secondary students entering the Festival on their own should bring their student ID cards to the Association to collect their mark sheets from the aforesaid date onwards. All unclaimed mark sheets will be destroyed before the commencement of the next Speech Festival.
(Reference: Part 7 of Rules and Regulations)

 3. What are the judging criteria for this year’s Speech Festival?

This year’s Speech Festival follows the usual judging criteria. For Chinese Speech, please refer to the related Rules and Regulations.

For English Speech, adjudication will be based on the overall performance of the competitors, including:

  • Clarity of speech
  • Interpretation
  • Audience awareness

Competitors could decide whether or not their use of gestures, movements, costumes, props, etc. would enhance the quality of their performance. The decision of the adjudicators on all artistic matters shall be final.

Specific judging criteria are set for Public Speaking Solo classes and News Feature Presentation classes. Please see details stated in the class requirements of classes N192-196 and N238-240.

(Reference: Part 6 of Rules and Regulations)

 4. What is the scheme of awards and marks of this year’s Speech Festival?

This year’s Speech Festival follows the usual scheme. Placing will be awarded to the winners of each competing class / group. However, in the cases when the best performance in the class / group is not up to the standard to obtain 80 marks, no placing, trophy or prize will be awarded. A pennant will be presented to the first-place winner of each class / group. Each Duo will be awarded two pennants.

Certificates of three levels will be awarded to competitors for their achievement: Honours Certificates (90 marks or above), Merit Certificates (80 – 89 marks), Proficiency Certificates (75 – 79 marks).

(Reference: Part 7 of Rules and Regulations)

Enrolment

 5. When is the enrolment period?

The enrolment period for this year’s Festival will start from 22 August (10:00 a.m.) and end on 26 September 2022 (5:00 p.m.). All competitors must enrol in the Festival through the “Online Enrolment System” by their members. Under no circumstances will late entries be accepted. Please contact their member for the enrolment details.

(Reference: Part 2 of Rules and Regulations)

 6. How can the district / area code be chosen?

The district / area code is only for grouping purpose in “Video Submission Mode”. Except N classes, competitors may choose to compete in any one district.

(Reference: Point 2.5 of Rules and Regulations)

 7. Is there anything should be paid attention to when filling out the competitor’s name?

Competitors should use names identical to that of their Hong Kong ID cards / travel documents / birth certificates. Furthermore, the Chinese name is a mandatory field. If competitors do not have any Chinese name, please fill the English name in that field.

(Reference: Point 2.1.3 of Rules and Regulations)

 8. In the syllabus, there are several pieces for competitors to choose from in each class and category. Can competitors enrol in classes of different categories? Under the same category, can competitors enrol in more than one class?
  • Competitors can enrol in classes of different categories e.g. solo verse speaking non-open and solo prose reading non-open. For the categories, please refer to the Table of Contents in the Syllabus.
  • Competitors of Solo entries / individual members of Duo entries can only enter one class in the same level / grade / age / category, regardless of the area code in the same class. For example, competitors cannot enrol in both Classes U20 and E20.
  • Please also note that in the following category, competitors can only enrol in one class:
    English Speech: Solo Verse Speaking (Non-Open) classes (Classes U/E/K/Y 20-70). For example, competitors cannot enrol in both Classes U20 and U21.
    Chinese Speech: Class N476 or N478 in 幼兒獨誦.
  • Competitors of Solo entries / individual members of Duo entries who fail to follow the rules on the number of entries will only be permitted to compete in ONE of the competitions concerned. The competition to be retained is randomly drawn electronically. Competitors will be disqualified in the non-retained competitions at any time without prior notice.

(Reference: Point 3.2 of Rules and Regulations and the class requirements)

 9. How will competitors know that the enrolment is confirmed?

After submitting the entries, members can check the Payment Receipts on the Members’ Area of the Association website from 21 October 2022, and download the Entry Form Receipts (EFR) and Competition Notifications (CN) on the Members’ Area of the Association website from 2 November 2022. Members should distribute the EFRs and CNs to the competitors for their confirmation of their enrolments.

Shooting and Recording

10. When can competitors start video-record the competition videos?

Competitors can decide when to record the competition videos after members have completed the enrolment procedures. During the recording, competitors shall first announce their names and class code according to the enrolment—for example, Chan Tai Man, Class U302.

11. Is there any order to follow when recording the competition videos?

Competitors shall follow the below order in recording the video:

  1. Announce their name and class code according to the enrolment, e.g. Chan Tai Man, Class U302.
  2. Announce the title and the author of the piece.
  3. Perform the whole piece once.

(Reference: Point 4.1 of Rules and Regulations)

12. In which language should competitors announce their name and class code?

Competitors should announce in the language of the class enroled.

13. Is there any specification on the competition videos?

Yes. The competition video should follow the requirements listed below:

  • The video must be a single, continuous shot video footage. Competitors must not stop or pause the camera during shooting.
  • Special effects (such as filters, transitions, colour adjustment, light adjustment or subtitles, etc.), mixing, editing, or post-production are not permitted.
  • The video must be recorded live and dubbing is not permitted.
  • If there are two set pieces in the class, the performances should be recorded in the same video with no editing.
  • Earbuds / in-ear headphones as sound receivers are not allowed.
  • The audio and video should synchronise and the sound quality is clear and smooth.
  • The resolution of the video should be 720p (1280 x 720) and must not exceed 1080p (1920 x 1080).
  • The shooting should be done indoor with a simple background and sufficient light. Avoid having any bright lights from behind, and virtual or projected background. The recording environment should be quiet.
  • The entire video must clearly show the competitor’s full body, appearance, actions and posture.
  • When shooting, the camera should be stable without any camera movement (including zoom in / out).
  • Not to use amplifiers for any purpose.
  • The video must be in one of the following formats: MP4 or MOV.
  • The file size must not exceed 2GB.

(Reference: Part 4 and 5 of Rules and Regulations)

14. Is the use of sound receivers allowed when competitor video-record the performance?

Yes. Competitors may decide on their own, provided that the sound quality of the video is clear and smooth. However, competitors must not wear any earbuds / in-ear headphones. Competitors who violate this rule will only be given comments. Neither marks nor certificates will be awarded to them.

(Reference: Point 4.4 of Rules and Regulations)

15. Is the use of amplifiers allowed when competitors video-record the performance?

No. Competitors’marks will be affected if amplifiers are used during the performance for any purpose.

(Reference: Point 4.5.6 of Rules and Regulations)

16. Is there any restriction on the length of the competition video?

The length of the competition video should depend on the content of the competition piece. Competitors must also observe the requirement of specific classes.

17. Is there any dress code for video-recording?

Competitors should wear neat, tidy and appropriate attire and observe the specified dress code of specific classes.

(Reference: Point 3.4.1.3 of Chinese Speech Rules and Regulations and Point 3.4.3 of English Speech Rules and Regulations)

18. Can competitors use a mobile phone to video-record the competition video?

Yes. However, competitors must make sure the competition video follow the required specifications. Please also refer to question 13.

(Reference: Part 4 & 5 of Rules and Regulations)

19. When shooting the video, should competitors use landscape mode or portrait mode?

Competitors may decide on their own, provided that the entire video must clearly show the full body, appearance, actions and posture. For Duo classes, it is recommended to use landscape mode to film the full body of the two competitors.

(Reference: Point 4.5.4 and Point 4.5.5 of Rules and Regulations)

Competitors must make sure the competition video follow the required specifications. Please refer to question 13 or Part 4 & 5 of Rules and Regulations for details.

20. Will the video quality affect the marks (grades)?

Competitors should follow the requirements when shooting and recording the video, and the audio and video should synchronise and the sound quality is clear and smooth. If the adjudicator cannot watch the completion video smoothly, marks (grades) may be affected. The adjudication will be based on the overall performance.

(Reference: Part 4 and 6 of Rules and Regulations)

21. For Duo classes, can competitors video-record in two separate venues?

No. The two competitors must video record the performance in the same space simultaneously. Violation of this rule will lead to disqualification.

(Reference: Point 3.4.3.5 of Chinese Speech Rules and Regulations and Point 3.4.9 of English Speech Rules and Regulations)

22. Do competitors need to wear a surgical mask during video-recording?

Wearing a mask during recording may affect the performance. The Association encourages competitors to shoot in a safe environment without wearing the mask. Competitors have to follow all anti-epidemic regulations by the Government and the precautionary measures by venues at that time and take the responsibility of assessing their own health risk in any circumstances.

(Reference: Point 4.6 of Rules and Regulations)

23. If there are two poems assigned to the same class of Chinese Speech, should competitors make two separate videos?

Competitors have to video-record the two set pieces in one video. Competitors will be disqualified if the submitted video is edited. Besides, they should record the two set pieces in the assigned sequence. If not, their marks will be affected.

(Reference: Point 3.3.5 and Point 4.3.1 of Chinese Speech Rules and Regulations)

24. Do competitors have to read the whole piece of text from the syllabus of Prose Reading Classes of English Speech (Classes U/E/K/Y 158-175)?

Competitors should video-record only the extract in the syllabus. If the competitors perform more than the required extract, the marks will be affected.

(Reference: Point 3.4.8 of English Speech Rules and Regulations)

25. Can competitors use downloaded versions of electronic books for Prose Reading Classes of English Speech (Classes U/E/K/Y 158-175)?

Yes. Competitors must print and bind the materials in a book format. Electronic device is not allowed for competition. Competitors who violate this rule will only be given comments. Neither marks nor certificates will be awarded to them.

(Reference: 3.4.8 of English Speech Rules and Regulations)

26. Can competitors use hand props and settings for Drama Classes of English Speech (Classes N212-213 / U/E/K/Y 214-215 / N216-220 / N223-225)?

Competitors may prepare and use hand props and small and easily movable furniture items in their performance, but heavy / fixed setting or electronic projection are not permitted. Competitors violating the above rules will have their marks affected. The quality of speech, acting, originality and creativity are highly regarded.

(Reference: Point 3.4.9 of English Speech Rules and Regulations)

Video Submission Procedures

27. How can competitors submit the competition video?

Members / Competitors must fill out the related information, upload the video and submit through designated on-line “Video Submission Form”. It is not acceptable if the submission is via other video platforms or means of submission.

For the reference of members / competitors, the Association will release the “Procedures of Uploading Video” on 2 November 2022.

(Reference: Part 5 of Rules and Regulations)

28. When can competitors submit the competition video?

The video submission period of this year’s Speech Festival is from 11 November (10:00 a.m.) to 24 November 2022 (5:00 p.m.). The on-line “Video Submission Form” will be available on the Association website from 11 November 2022 (10:00 a.m.).

Please be reminded that an extremely high volume of upload traffic is expected towards the deadline which may limit access, delay or impede any video uploading. Members /Competitors please start submitting the Form early to avoid the peak traffic. Any late submission, regardless of reasons, will not be accepted.

(Reference: Part 5 of Rules and Regulations)

29. What do competitors need to prepare before filling out the on-line “Video Submission Form”?

Competitors should have a valid email address, the Competition Notification (with Reference Number and Validation Code) and the video.

30. Where can competitors find the Reference Number and Validation Code?

The Reference Number and Validation Code can be found on the Competition Notification that will be available for members to download from the Association website from 2 November 2022 (10:00 a.m.). Please ask the responsible member for details. University / Post-secondary students entering the Festival on their own will receive the Competition Notification by email.

31. Can teachers or tutors help the competitors upload the competition video?

Yes. Please make sure all the information entered in the on-line “Video Submission Form” is all correct, and the video submitted must match with the competitor and class entered (for example, one competitor is submitting videos for more than one entry, or one member is submitting videos for different competitors etc.).

32. Can competitors submit a video with file size exceeding 2GB?

No. The limit of file size accepted by the system is 2GB. If the file size exceeds 2GB, please compress the file before uploading (note that after compression the file format is MP4 or MOV), or re-shoot after updating the setting of their recording device.

(Reference: Point 5.1.2 of Rules and Regulations)

33. Can competitors submit a video with resolution exceed 1080p (1920 × 1080)?

No. The minimum resolution of the video should be 720p (1280 × 720) and the maximum resolution of the video should be 1080p (1920 × 1080). Video resolution exceeding 1080p would not be able to be uploaded.

(Reference: Point 4.5.2 and Point 5.1.2 of Rules and Regulations)

34. After filling out and submitting the on-line “Video Submission Form”, how can competitors know that the Association has received the competition video?

After the submission of the Form, the submitter will receive an email acknowledging the submission, which will include a copy of the submitted information. Receiving the acknowledging email does not mean the Association confirms that the submission meets the entry requirements. Members / competitors / submitter must make sure all the information in the acknowledging email is correct, and the video submitted must match with the competitor and class entered. If any discrepancy is found, please re-submit the Form within the submission period. The Association reserves the right of not adjudicating the concerned videos if the records do not match. If the Form is re-submitted, the Association will take the information from the last submission as final.

The submitted file would be transcoded and processed on cloud server. In general, submitters could receive the acknowledging email within 30 minutes (or longer waiting time if uploads traffic is heavy). A longer waiting time might be required for some email addresses to receive the acknowledging email, and the acknowledging email might be filtered to the spam mailbox or promotion mailbox automatically. Please be patient and check different mailboxes while waiting.

(Reference: Point 5.1 of Rules and Regulations)

35. The submitters have already filled out and submitted the on-line “Video Submission Form” but no acknowledging email is received. What can they do?

If submitters have not received the acknowledging email in inbox, please check the spam mailbox or promotion mailbox.

If submitters have not received the acknowledging email after a certain period of time, they can first check the submission status through “Video Submission Form Record” website by entering Reference Number and Validation Code. This website will be made available on the Association’s website during the submission period. Competitor’s information, including Reference Number, Validation Code, Name of Competitor(s), Class Number and Group, Video Link and Original File Size will be shown on the website. Submitters can take a screenshot for record.

If there is no submission record on the “Video Submission Form Record”, please submit the form once again before the submission deadline, i.e. 24 November 2022 (5:00 p.m.). If the Form is re-submitted, the Association will take the information from the last submission as final.

36. What can submitters do if they have made mistakes in the submission?

If any discrepancy is found, please submit the form once again before the submission deadline, i.e. 24 November 2022 (5:00 p.m.). The Association reserves the right of not adjudicating the concerned videos if the records do not match. If the Form is re-submitted, the Association will take the information from the last submission as final.

(Reference: Point 5.1.5 and Point 5.1.6 of Rules and Regulations)

37. Can competitors change the information that has already been submitted?

Competitors are not allowed to change any information already submitted. However, they can re-submit the on-line form for more than once before the deadline, i.e. 24 November 2022 (5:00 p.m.). If the Form is re-submitted, the Association will take the information from the last submission as final.

(Reference: Point 5.1.5 and Point 5.1.6 of Rules and Regulations)

38. After filling out and submitting the on-line “Video Submission Form”, can competitors check the submitted video?

In the acknowledging email, or on the website of “Video Submission Form Record”, the hyperlink to the competition video uploaded to the Cloud platform can be found. Competitors can check and preview this hyperlink.

If there is any problem with the hyperlink, please re-submit the Form once again before the deadline, i.e. 24 November 2022 (5:00 p.m.). If the Form is re-submitted, the Association will take the information from the last submission as final. If the video cannot be played during the adjudication period, regardless of reasons, the competitors will not receive any comments, marks or certificates. The Association will not inform the individuals if such cases arise.

(Reference: Point 5.1.6 and Point 5.1.7 of Rules and Regulations)

39. Does the Association provide any support filling out and submitting the Form?

The Association will prepare “Procedures of Uploading Video” which will be released on 2 November 2022. Competitors are advised to have a look first. If there are further questions, please contact the Association.

40. Is there any allowance for competitors who fail to submit the competition video after the video submission deadline?

No. Any late submission of the video by 24 November 2022 (5:00 p.m.), regardless of reasons, will not be accepted.

(Reference: Point 5.2.2 of Rules and Regulations)