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7220 Entertainment Student Short Film Festival

Submission Deadline:

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. - Union 012 (download packet below for form and rules)

Screenings, Awards Showcase & Ceremony

Friday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. - Union Family Room
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Welcome to the 7220 Entertainment Student Short Film Festival webpage! Below find downloads, guidelines for films, submissions, prizes, and more.

Downloads:      

Student Short Film Festival Submission Packet - download for film festival rules and submission form
University of Wyoming Film Policy - please review and be aware of the policy if you plan on filming on campus.

Film Guidelines:

Time Limit

Works must be between 5 minutes to 30 min in length including credits to be eligible for awards. Anything less or more than the time limits may be shown at the festival at the discretion of the selection committee, but will not be eligible for awards.

Format of Film

Films are to be in .avi, .wmv or.mpg video format (playable on a Windows system through VLC media player). They can be submitted on a data DVD, portable hard drive, or jump drive. Also required is another copy of the film on a DVD playable on a standard DVD player (menus are not to be used). Hard drives and jump drives will be returned to submitters, but DVDs (data and regular) will not. The Campus Activities Center is not responsible for hard drives and jump drives that are lost or damaged. 

Explicit Content

Members of the 7220 Entertainment Films Committee will preview all films. Explicit content including nudity, sexual content, un-simulated alcohol or drug use, or actual violence, will not be tolerated if shown in a way that the committee deems inappropriate.  Entrants will be notified prior to the Festival on whether or not their film will be shown.

 Additional Guidelines and Information

  1. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
  2. Entrants are responsible for the quality of their films. 7220 Entertainment will not manipulate films in any way.
  3. Entrants using original music will be given 3 additional points. Use of music in films must follow fair use guidelines. Some frequently asked questions can be found at this site: http://cmsimpact.org/resource/fair-use-frequently-asked-questions/. Two essential questions to ask are: A. “Did the unlicensed use “transform the material taken from the copyrighted work by using it for a different purpose than the original, or did it just repeat the work for the same intent and value as the original? B. Was the amount and nature of material taken appropriate in light of the nature of the copyrighted work and of the use?”(Taken from Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices In Fair Use by The American University Law Center for Social Media)
  4. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use by 7220 Entertainment with credit given to the director(s).
  5. It is highly recommended that the filmmakers have all actors sign consent forms for their image being used in the film as we reserve the right to use the films for promotional purposes for the festival.
  6. All decisions regarding content, time, or eligibility are at the discretion of the selection committee. The selection committee has the final say in all decisions. 

Technical help and troubleshooting

For filmmaking advice and assistance preparing films for submission, please contact:

London Homer-Wambeam
Lead Video Developer, Dynamic Media
(307) 399-7756
lhomerwa@uwyo.edu

Dynamic Media can assist in burning DVD copies of film submissions; however, the student must supply a blank DVD-R and .mpg format copy of the film by Friday, March 24. Dynamic Media is able to offer advice on the basics of writing, cinematography and editing. However, while Dynamic Media can direct students to other resources on campus, Dynamic Media is unable to lend students equipment or be present on film sets.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions

Students wishing to submit a film, please use the Submission Information Sheet in this packet. Fill out all information on this sheet and submit it with your film by 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 31st, 2017. Early entries are welcome and highly recommended. It is important that you fill out the personal information section including your name and telephone number so that we can contact you prior to the Festival.  Only participants with complete entry forms will be eligible. 7220 Entertainment Student Short Film Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.

Who Can Submit

Any University of Wyoming student in good standing with the university may submit a film. However, the student who submits the film must perform a substantial role* in the production of the film (i.e. director, writer, cinematographer, etc.)

* A substantial role is defined as a lead actor/actress, screenwriter, director, director of photography, executive producer, and/or producer. Other positions, such as art director, set designer, costume designer, and special effects supervisor, will be considered ‘substantial’ by the Films Coordinator and/or Films Advisor on a case by case basis wherein the film displays a large workload on the given position. Films containing multiple students participating in various smaller roles may also be considered on a case by case basis.

Where to Submit

Films should be submitted to the Wyoming Union, Room 012 (Campus Activities Center) during normal business hours.

When to Submit

Submissions will be accepted any time before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31st, 2017

Judging, Prizes, and Recognition

Student Films are selected for Festival presentation by the 7220 Entertainment Student Short Film Festival Selection Committee. If a film is selected for screening, the Festival office will contact the entrant by email. All films will be selected a week before the selection showcase. The selection showcase will take place on April 21st, 2017 where all selections will be screened. Judges will make award selections on that date. The awards showcase will take place on April 22nd, 2017. Filmmakers will have the opportunity to discuss their film during the awards showcase, if they so choose. Prizes for the top 3 selections will include a trophy for first place along with a $500 B&H gift card. Second place will receive a $300 B&H gift card and Third will receive a $200 B&H gift card.

Films will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Direction
  • Screenwriting
  • Sound
  • Acting
  • Originality

Twenty points will be awarded for each category. The ballots are then counted as a general score per judge and then the overall score is met. All decisions are final.

Contact List

If you need to contact someone regarding questions about your film or the festival, please contact:

Gabriel Lattimer
7220 Entertainment Films Coordinator
Festival Coordinator
Phone: (307) 766-6340
Email: films@uwyo.edu

Jennifer Kirk
Assistant Director, Wyoming Union
Festival Advisor
Phone: (307) 766-6340
Email: jkirk3@uwyo.edu

 

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