NEW! Some of our rules have changed for 2013! Please take a moment to read through our rules and guidelines before submitting to the Festival.
RULES & GUIDELINES:
- All films must be produced solely by students currently enrolled and attending a New Hampshire public or private high school (grades 9-12). Homeschooled students ages 14-18 are also eligible. Adult involvement in the project is limited to on-screen talent and/or behind the scenes in a faculty advisor capacity.
- Short films are to be no longer than seven minutes (7:00) in length. There is no minimum time limit set. Projects over seven minutes will not be screened at the Festival. The time limit includes any titles and credits.
- Students may only submit one (1) film where the student is credited as the director.
- Submitted films must be original works and are required to have clearances for music or other copyrighted material featured in the project. Films containing copyrighted material used without permission will not be eligible for screening at the Festival.
- NEW! Films must have a beginning title card and end credits. Titles and credits can be placed over the image. The viewer must be able to ascertain the beginning and end of your film. Remember, the seven-minute time limit includes titles and credits.
- A Film Submission Form must accompany all films entered into the Festival. If applicant is under 18 years of age at the time of submission, a Parent/Guardian Consent Form must also be completed.
- NEW! Public Service Announcements (PSAs) being submitted for consideration for the PSA Award should be at a broadcast-standard length of either :30 or :60.
- Filmmakers are asked to submit two (2) DVD copies of their project to the Festival. These copies and any other material sent in to the Festival will not be returned.
- Films submitted for consideration into the Festival must be sent on a playable DVD. This means that the DVD must be able to play in a standalone DVD player (not just in a computer) and must be TV-ready. Note: if the project is shot in 16:9 widescreen, please provide a non-anamorphic, letterboxed version, otherwise your image may be squeezed.
- Only those films produced during the current school year will be considered for submission into the Festival. Films produced during the summer months are also eligible for the Festival held the following Spring (e.g. A film produced in the summer of 2012 would be eligible for submission in the June 2013 Festival.)
- The Festival screens a two-hour program of selected films in June. Films submitted to the Festival will be previewed and scored by our Festival Selection Committee. Originality, cinematic storytelling, and technical execution are the basis of the scoring. The Festival will then place as many of the highest scoring films it can into the two-hour block. The cut-off will be at two hours, thereby making the selection process a bit more competitive.
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