Young Filmmakers Project Submissions – Selection Criteria
Style: Documentary or Docu — Drama (Dramatization of real life events)
Name of Filmmaker(s):
Eligibility: The Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Project is open to all students ranging in age from grade 7 to their first year of University or College.
- Grades 7–9
- Grades 10–12
- First Year of University
Theme for 2017: Pacific Connections: Share a film with the FHFF that tells a story of how we are connected to the world around us; it can have an environmental or social justice focus. Ensure that your film has a call to action or a meaningful take away message that can Entertain, Inspire and Enlighten audiences.
Prizes: Winners will receive the following prizes:
- Screening of their film at the Friday Harbor Film Festival and other related events hosted by the Friday Harbor Film Festival
- Tickets to the Friday Harbor Film Festival 2017
- Posting of their film on the Friday Harbor Film Festival website, and use of the film for any promotional materials and online media at its discretion
- Cash prize: Each winning film will receive a cash prize of $500
Deadline: June 1st, 2017
Notification: July 1st, 2017
- Length of Film: 3–5 minutes
- High Quality Resolution of 1080p
- Film must be submitted via our Film Freeway page, filmfreeway.com/festival/FHFF.
- Accepted film formats are .mov .mp4 or .mpg file. The only compression method that is accepted is H.264
- Ensure that you have a clear title, all filmmakers are listed and that your age category is specified. We are looking for films that ENTERTAIN, INSPIRE and ENLIGHTEN audiences and are relevant to our theme
- Entrants submitting films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles.
Originality / Creativity
Coherence: How well the story / ideas in the film are communicated and understood
Technical Abilities: Quality of editing, transitions, credits, color, sound, and audio
Cinematography: Quality of the visual composition (angles, lighting, framing, movement)
Production: Quality of props, sets, locations, costumes, and/or characters
Total Score: /60
Copyright Agreement: By entering this contest, all entrants agree that their submissions are original pieces of work, and do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others and is in compliance with all copyright laws. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted film. The Friday Harbor Film Festival disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all trademarked content or materials included within the submitted film. The Friday Harbor Film Festival disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition.
Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in the Young Filmmakers Project submission constitutes the entrants’ unconditional and full agreement to and acceptance of the rules and the decisions of the Friday Harbor Film Festival, which are final and binding. On or before, July 1st, 2017, winners will be chosen and notified via telephone or email. If winners cannot be contacted within 7 days after the first attempt, the Friday Harbor Film Festival may choose to award the runner-up instead of the originally selected winner. Winners must supply the Friday Harbor Film Festival with a working mailing address to which the prize can be delivered. The Friday Harbor Film Festival reserves the right to award the prize in the name of the parent/legal guardian. The Friday Harbor Film Festival also reserves the right to suspend the Young Filmmakers Project submissions for any issue or to disqualify any entrant who is in violation or does not comply with the submission rules. By voluntarily participating in the Young Filmmakers Project submissions, the entrant agrees to release and hold harmless the Friday Harbor Film Festival from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation, cancellation of the Young Filmmakers Project, injury, death or losses of any kind. By submitting to the Young Filmmakers Project, the entrant waives any right to claim any damages whatsoever, including but not limited to consequential, punitive, direct, or indirect damages. Except when prohibited by law, entrants agree that any and all disputes will be handled individually. In the case of any dispute, entrants agree to attempt resolution with the Friday Harbor Film Festival. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of the Rules, entrants’ rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Friday Harbor Film Festival in connection to the Contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the laws of any jurisdiction other than Illinois. Any legal fees incurred by the Friday Harbor Film Festival, in the event of a dispute from an entrant, is the responsibility of the entrant. The Friday Harbor Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify an entrant, without refund of any or all submission fees and is under no obligation to provide comments or feedback to anyone regarding a submitted film. The Friday Harbor Film Festival disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible or liable for, the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any film submitted to the Festival.