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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. 

2019 STUDENT FILM COMPETITION​

The Alexander Valley Film Society (AVFS) is accepting submissions for the 2019 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 October. 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 Saturday, October 19, 2019, and awards will be handed out after the screening.


There are now two separate divisions:

  1. Films that were made in school as part of a class project

  2. Films made independently by students

 

Within these two divisions, there will be two age groups – high school and middle school. Here are the jury categories and their prizes:

 

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

 

HIGH SCHOOL – SCHOOL PROJECT FILM

  • 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

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL – SCHOOL PROJECT FILM

  • 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

The overall winner 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 6/1/19. Independent films must be submitted by 10/1/19.

  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 be uploaded to either YouTube or Vimeo for consideration.

  6. Submission will require one (1) hi-resolution still from the production, and an info/photo release form for all applicants. 

  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 Saturday, October 19, 2019, and awards will be handed out after the screening. Winners are encouraged to attend the festival awards ceremony with their families on Sunday, October 20, 2019, in order to be recognized with the professional filmmaker winners.