STUDENT FILM COMPETITION

The Student Film Competition is an annual event that encourages – and incentivizes – students from across Sonoma County to practice their storytelling skills. Students work in and outside of classrooms to produce their own short films which are then entered into competition. Winners receive cash prizes and premier on the big screen at the annual Alexander Valley Film Festival in October. 

2020 STUDENT FILM COMPETITION​

The Alexander Valley Film Society (AVFS) is accepting submissions for the 2020 AVFS Student Film Competition. As a result of increased collaboration with SCOE and active partnership with digital media teachers from across the county, AVFS has redesigned the student film competition which takes place in concert with the Alexander Valley Film Festival in September. The top films will enter the final screening competition to take place during the Alexander Valley Film Festival at The Clover Theater in Cloverdale on Sunday, September 27, 2020, and awards will be handed out at later that day at the Closing Night Ceremony.

There are now three separate divisions:

  1. Films made in school as part of a class project – middle and high school – (Sonoma County students only)
  2. Films made independently by students – middle and high school
  3. Films made by college students (must be currently enrolled at the time of submission) 

Here are the jury categories and their prizes:

MIDDLE SCHOOL – SCHOOL PROJECT FILM (Sonoma County students only)

  • Best technical achievement in filmmaking – $50 cash prize for teacher’s classroom
  • Best storytelling – $50 cash prize for teacher’s classroom
  • Best overall film – $100 cash prize for teacher’s classroom

HIGH SCHOOL – SCHOOL PROJECT FILM (Sonoma County students only)

  • Best technical achievement in filmmaking – $50 cash prize for teacher’s classroom
  • Best storytelling – $50 cash prize for teacher’s classroom
  • Best overall film – $100 cash prize for teacher’s classroom

MIDDLE SCHOOL – INDEPENDENT FILM                                       

  • Best technical achievement in filmmaking – $100 cash prize for student
  • Best storytelling – $100 cash prize for student
  • Best overall film – $250 cash prize for student

HIGH SCHOOL – INDEPENDENT FILM

  • Best technical achievement in filmmaking – $100 cash prize for student
  • Best storytelling – $100 cash prize for student
  • Best overall film – $250 cash prize for student​

COLLEGE – CLASS PROJECTS & INDEPENDENT FILM (must be currently enrolled at accredited U.S. college at the time of submission)               

  • Best technical achievement in filmmaking – $100 cash prize for student
  • Best storytelling – $100 cash prize for student
  • Best overall film – $250 cash prize for student​

The overall winner – across all categories – will receive the JOSEPH CARNATION, JR. STUDENT FILM AWARD and a cash prize of $1,000 in honor of our late supporter, career educator, and student advocate Joe Carnation. This award is only available to a student residing in Sonoma County at the time of their submission.

RULES & GUIDELINES

  1. Students may reside inside or outside Sonoma County. 
  2. Any school project film must be submitted by 6/1/2020. Independent films must be submitted by 9/1/2020.
  3. Films are not to exceed a running time of five (5) minutes. School projects should submit a portion of an assignment if the final work exceeds five minutes. Independent works may write and ask for an exception. 
  4. Films are welcome to be any medium or genre (animation, live-action, narrative, documentary, etc.).
  5. Films must submitted through Film Freeway for consideration. Email tess.mchaffie[at]avfilmsociety.org for your fee waiver code. College students will need to provide a letter of enrollment when requesting a code.
  6. Submission will require an info/photo release form for all applicants under the age of 18 emailed to Tess at tess.mchaffie[at]avfilmsociety.org
  7. Non-English submissions are encouraged, but they must include English subtitles. Click here for suggestions on free subtitling software.

SELECTION & JUDGING

Submissions will be judged by the Alexander Valley Film Festival Selection Committee consisting of film industry professionals and community leaders. If a film is selected for the final competitive screening, the entrant will be contacted by AVFS. The final competition screening will take place during the Alexander Valley Film Festival at The Clover Theater in Cloverdale on Sunday, September 27, 2020, and awards will be handed out later that evening at the Closing Night Ceremony. Winners are encouraged to attend the festival awards ceremony with their families on in order to be recognized with the professional filmmaker winners.

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