Call for Entries! 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival

Oct 14, 2014 03:36:29 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Calling all Michigan Teens! The 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival is accepting entries for the best teen-produced and directed films.

Three expert judges will award prizes for best film, best animation, best experimental film, best documentary, best short film (under three minutes), best technical merit, best music video and judge’s choice.

Submissions and Screening 
Submit films and entry forms to the Teen Services Desk at Kalamazoo Public Library’sCentral Library by 5 pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015. You must fill out an individual entry form for each film submitted.

A jury will screen every film entered and select finalists for screening at the Festival. Filmmakers will be notified if their film is selected by the week of February 1. Not every film submitted to the Festival will be selected for screening at the public event.

Official Rules 
Films must be produced by teens, ages 12-19, who reside in the state of Michigan. More than one teen may work on a film. Adults may be talent in a film, but should perform no other duty in the actual creation of the film. Films may not be more than 10 minutes long. Teens may submit more than one film. Films submitted to the festival will not be returned.

A panel of judges will select the winners in each category except the People’s Choice Award, which will be chosen at the Teen Filmmaker Festival by the audience members.

Format Requirements 
Films should be submitted as full-quality Quicktime/MOV files on USB flash drive. DVDs may be submitted instead, but USB drives are preferred. All other formats, (including VHS, Windows Media Files, low-quality Quicktime files, etc.) will be automatically disqualified. If submitting on DVD, entries must be formatted for Region 1 (North America) and labeled with the film’s title, running time and director(s) name(s). Please double-check that your DVD plays in its entirety on standard consumer DVD players.

Quick Links

More information about the Teen Filmmaker Festival, and last year’s winning videos may be found at:  

The 12 Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 2:30 pm. Location to be determined.

The 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival is presented by: Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Public Media Network and Campaign Pictures.

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