Shorts: A Palestine Film Festival

Contest Details and Rules

So you wanna be a filmmaker? Or maybe you've just got something interesting to say?

See your creative vision on the big screen at the Shorts Film Festival at Palestine High School on March 26th at 6 PM. Grab a couple of friends or maybe your whole class and put together a short film that speaks to the theme of "Heritage." The top 8 films will be featured at a special viewing in the PHS auditorium and cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 films.
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Official Rules

1. Short film must be completely student produced. Teachers and parents may serve as advisers, but students must do all of the work on the film.

2. Students may work individually, in small groups, or as a class. All filmmakers responsible the film must be clearly stated in the credits and on the contest entry form.

3. Films must be between 6-10 minutes in length.

4. All content in the film must be original- including, but not limited to the music, script, and artistic vision.

5. Films must revolve around the theme of "heritage." They can be fiction or non-fiction.

6. Films will refrain from using material inappropriate for school.

7. Films can be made on any device- iPad, phone, computer, video camera, etc. The final version turned in for the contest must be in MP4 format.

8. Films must be turned in on a flash drive to Mrs. Alcauter's office (in the library) by March 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM.

9. Palestine ISD reserves the right to use all films entered into the contest for educational and promotional purposes.

10. The top 8 films will be showcased at a special viewing on March 28, 2013 in the PHS auditorium at 6 PM. The top 3 winners will be announced live at the Festival. Cash prizes will be awarded at that time.

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Tips and Ideas

1. All good stories have some kind of conflict or struggle.

2. Be original. think of a way to tell a story that no one else has done before.

3. Use your life and community as a starting point. Who has an interesting story to tell around you? Talk to your friends, parents, grandparents, and those close to you.

4. Give yourself plenty of time. Make a storyboard and plan your script, the film shoot and the editing process. Remember, everything, even the music, needs to be original.

5. You don't have to be an expert to make a good film. There are lots of easy programs at school to help you edit your films. Teachers can help you if you're stuck on how to film or edit.

6. Learn from the experts. Watch your favorite films. What makes you want to watch them again and again?

7. Make your voice heard. You have something original to say. Make sure everything in the film works toward your vision.