Online Wildcard

WHAT IS THE ONLINE WILDCARD?

The Online Wildcard is an opportunity for registered Canadian Improv Games student teams from across Canada to perform the CIG events, receive feedback from CIG judges, and qualify for the National Tournament in Ottawa —  but instead of performing your scenes live for our judges, you’ll submit a video of your performance online.

Learn more about the Online Wildcard and how to participate:
NEW FOR 2019/20, THE MID-SEASON SUBMISSION
HOW DOES OUR TEAM PARTICIPATE IN THIS ONLINE EVENT?
NOW THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED
MID-SEASON RULES
COMPETITIVE RULES
ONLINE WILDCARD DEADLINES

A panel of expert judges will evaluate all the videos, and the team with the highest scores will get to compete at the National Tournament! Also, our excellent, cross-country volunteers will provide your team with a written adjudication to help further develop the team’s skills.

The Online Wildcard gives teams an opportunity to practice their events in front of a live audience of their friends and sharpen their skills!  Our Online Wildcard staff will be in touch every step of the way to make sure you have a successful submission.

NEW FOR 2019/20, THE MID-SEASON SUBMISSION

The Online Wildcard will now include a midseason adjudication. Included with your registration fee, you can submit up to two videos of individual scenes (either two of the same event or one of two separate events) to receive a written or verbal adjudication BEFORE you submit your competitive entry by February 7th.

Mid-season submissions may be submitted between December 1 and January 15. Feedback will be sent to you within two weeks of your submission.

HOW DOES OUR TEAM PARTICIPATE IN THIS ONLINE EVENT?

  1. Register to participate in the Online Wildcard by selecting the Online Wildcard add-on to your Regional Registration. Contact registration@improv.ca if you have any questions regarding this step.
  1. Upload your mid-season events to Youtube, Vimeo, or Google Drive and submit them to wildcard@improv.ca by between December 1, 2019 and January 15, 2020.
  1. Upload your competitive video featuring all four events to Youtube, Vimeo, or Google Drive and submit them to wildcard@improv.ca by 11:59 pm EST, February 7th, 2020.

NOW THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED

Now that you have registered for the Online Wildcard Competition, we will need to know what day you’ll be filming by January 14, 2020! Once we receive this date and time, a Canadian Improv Games staff member will send you a THEME for your event which you will use on your filming date.
We must receive your filmed Online Wildcard video submissions no later than February 7th, 2020.

The video has to be filmed in one continuous take, all events back-to-back, with no editing. For further details and tips about filming your improv, visit http://improv.ca/online-wildcard-submissions/

Video Submission Deadline: February 7th, 2020

2020 Winner Announced: February 28th, 2020

MID-SEASON RULES

  1. Mid-season submissions do not need to be filmed in front of a live audience, rehearsal footage is acceptable.
  1. Mid-season submissions do not need to be filmed back-to-back in a single video, they can be two separate videos.
  1. You do not need to submit both videos at the same time, you can submit one video and then film and send the other video later, but you will receive your adjudication for each video within two weeks after each individual video was submitted.
  1. You are not required to submit mid-season videos to participate in the competitive portion of the Online Wildcard.

COMPETITIVE RULES

  • All the CIG rules apply: play four out of the five events (Theme and Life are mandatory), four minute time limit for all scenes, eight players maximum per team and no player substitutions between scenes, etc. For more information or clarification on the rules of the Canadian Improv Games, please consult the rulebook http://improv.ca/rulebook/, read your Discovering the Moment Coaches Manual or email us at wildcard@improv.ca.
  • You must have a live audience! Get 8 team members to bring 4 friends, and if you charge them each $5, your Wildcard registration pays for itself!
  • The suggestion for your Theme event is provided by us via a mailed envelope OPENED LIVE during your performance. All other suggestions for your scenes can be solicited from the audience as normal.
  • There’s no high tech required for the Online Wildcard. Film on a point-and-shoot, or even a phone! However, video has to be filmed in one continuous take, with all events back-to-back, and no editing. For all tech requirements and tips about filming your improv, visit: http://improv.ca/online-wildcard-submissions/

ONLINE WILDCARD DEADLINES

Mid-Season Video Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019 to January 15, 2020 @ 11:59pm PST
Competition Video Submission Deadline: Friday, February 7th, 2020 @ 11:59pm PST
Winner Announced and Feedback Distributed by: Feb 28th, 2020
Registration Fee: $165

For any questions regarding the Online Wildcard, please contact wildcard@improv.ca.