VHSL FILM FESTIVAL
So many of you have voiced that you’re interested in film and TV; whether it’s acting in it or making it. Therefore, for the first time ever, Briar Woods will be participating in the VHSL Film Festival Competition!
If you’re interested in creating and submitting a film, please come talk to or email Ms. B (email@example.com) or Dr. Willmot!
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023
Check out the VHSL Film Festival Website for the entry form, more info and to view past winners
Our school may submit TWO (2) films from each category
Fun Fact: The film you produce does not have to be in English!!!
Here are all the seemingly boring yet actually vital details:
SECTION 128: FILM FESTIVAL
128-1-1 Sponsored Activity and Purpose-The League sponsors academic film festival competition. The League believes that participating in film production supports education in visual storytelling through conceptualizing, researching, writing, casting, directing, acting, cinematography, and editing.
128-2-1 Program-The League's film festival competition is an “all-in” state event whereby all schools are invited to submit and compete in an open format without regard to classification. Submission deadline is March 15.
128-3-1 School Participation-The League program is designed to supplement any existing program and encourages schools to submit to multiple film festivals.
128-4-1 Expenses-All production, travel, board and lodging expenses shall be defrayed by the competing schools or their contestants.
128-5-1 Rules and Regulations-Member schools are required to observe and comply with all League rules and regulations set forth in Sections 26 through 33 of the Handbook, with the exception of those that make specific reference to athletics, as well as with those rules and regulations which govern the Film Festival program as set forth in Sections
128-137. All members of film crews including but not limited to writer, director, lead cast, cinematographer, editor, musicians, sound and lighting must meet eligibility requirements. A violation of any rule in this section, if discovered and reported before the end of the competition, will result in disqualification and redistribution of awards as necessary.
128-5-1 Eligibility-Film Festival participants are subject to all eligibility rules except the Scholarship Rule.
128-5-2 An entry must be produced by a crew in the current school year in which it is entered in competition.
128-5-3 Films must be the original work of the entrants. Films may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced that is not already in public domain. Note: Works cannot be word for word from any other fiction or nonfiction material. Spoofs or editorials are acceptable based on existing copyright laws. (1) An entry must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If an entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting such entry, any and all written releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the entry by the VHSL, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the entry, music licenses and location releases. (2) Proof of any permissions granted shall accompany an entry.
128-5-4 The school submitting a film must fully credit all participants on MEL and in credits.
128-5-5 Neither a soundtrack nor music is required. Use of public domain or royalty free music is permitted. If copyright protected music is used, the use must be with permission, and such permission shall be submitted in writing with the entry form. Music used may also be the original work of the entrants and credited as such.
128-5-6 Films not in English must be subtitled in English unless dialogue is minimal and not necessary for the comprehension of the film.
128-6-1 Entries-Each submission requires an entry form. Incomplete entry form, failure to include payment or submitting materials that are unable to be viewed will disqualify your entry without refund. Only entries submitted on the official entry form properly certified by the school principal and received not later than the deadline date for entry shall be accepted. The League is not responsible for materials that are lost, stolen or damaged in transit. Materials received after the received by deadline will be discarded without refund. Entry materials will not be returned.
128-6-2 Each school may enter two films in each category not to exceed 12 entries total: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental and commercial and public service announcement.
128-7-1 Format-All films must be submitted according to the instructions on the entry form. The League is not responsible for materials that are lost, stolen, damaged or unable to be viewed.
128-8-1 Film Crews-A film crew may consist of writer, director, lead cast, cinematographer, editor, musicians, sound and lighting personnel.
128-9-1 Content-The content and choice of the topics for films is important. Schools must create work which is honest in its fundamental concept, which is suited to the emotional development of the students, and which is handled with taste and restraint. Content must be appropriate to the audience for which it is presented and in support of contemporary community standards. It is important that advisers review questionable content, language, use of firearms or other weapons or use of tobacco or other drugs with the principal prior to recording. The principal's signature on the entry form will indicate approval of the final film. Competition directors will not disqualify a film approved by the principal based on content, though it may receive a lower ranking/rating/score.
128-10-1 Non-exclusive Rights-Entry into the VHSL Film Festival constitutes filmmakers' irrevocable permission and consent, without compensation, for the VHSL to showcase submission at the VHSL Film Festival or any other VHSL event in as many screenings as the VHSL deems appropriate.
128-11-1 Promotion, Publicity and Marketing-Entrants permit the VHSL to use their name and/or likeness, contact information provided, title of work submitted, its logline and their results for promotional purposes. All films selected for screening may be edited, modified or excerpted for publicity purposes. The VHSL reserves the right to promote any film to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Festival or the VHSL
SECTION 129: NARRATIVE
129-1-1 Definition-The League defines narrative as “a film that depicts a fiction or fictionalized story or event.”
129-2-1 Length-Narratives must be no shorter than five minutes and no longer than eight minutes in length. Timing includes opening titles and closing credits.
129-3-1 Bases for Evaluation-The criteria for evaluation shall include, but not be limited to: technical elements, storyline, acting/performance.
SECTION 130: DOCUMENTARY
130-1-1 Definition-The League defines documentary as “a non-fictional film intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instructing, informing or maintaining a historical record.”
130-2-1 Length-Documentaries must be no shorter than five minutes and no longer than eight minutes in length. Timing includes opening titles and closing credits.
130-3-1 Bases for Evaluation-The criteria for evaluation shall include, but not be limited to: subject matter and technical elements.
SECTION 131: ANIMATION
131-1-1 Definition-The League defines animation as “a film that creates continuous motion by means of rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally diff er from each other.” Animations may be created from graphics, clay, puppets, stop motion, etc.
131-2-1 Length-Animated films must be no shorter than two minutes and no longer than eight minutes in length. Timing includes opening titles and closing credits.
131-3-1 Bases for Evaluation-The criteria for evaluation shall include, but not be limited to: technical elements, storyline, and acting/performance.
SECTION 132: EXPERIMENTAL
132-1-1 Definition-The League defines experimental film “an artistic filmmaking practice that focuses on sensory aesthetics and is often characterized by the use of various abstract techniques (out-of-focus, rapid cuts, etc.), the absence of linear narrative, and often has the goal of placing a viewer in a thoughtful space.”
132-2-1 Length-Experimental films must be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than eight minutes in length. Timing includes opening titles and closing credits.
132-3-1 Bases for Evaluation-The criteria for evaluation shall include, but not be limited to: creativity, artistic merit, sensory appeal, and technical elements.
SECTION 133: COMMERCIAL
133-1-1 Definition-The League defines commercial as “announcements intended for television or the Internet that aim to persuade or sell a product.”
133-2-1 Length-Commercials must be thirty or sixty seconds exactly in length. Timing includes opening titles and closing credits, if any.
133-3-1 Bases for Evaluation-The criteria for evaluation shall include, but not be limited to: persuasive merit, technical elements, and creativity.
SECTION 134: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
134-1-1 Definition-The League defines public service announcements as "announcements intended for television or the Internet that aim to influence the public towards a particular course of action. Political ads are not part of the PSA genre.
134-2-1 Length-Public service announcements may be up to 60 seconds in length. Timing includes opening titles and closing credits, if any.
134-3-1 Bases for Evaluation-The criteria for evaluation shall include, but not be limited to: persuasive merit, technical elements, and creativity.
SECTION 135: PREVIEW AND OFFICIAL SELECTION PROCESS.
135-1-1 Jury-Members of the Jury (filmmakers, film educators, critics and film enthusiasts) will, independently and without consultation, review each submission in its entirety. All films will be evaluated in writing and ranked.
135-1-2 Official Selection-The festival director or designee shall compile the results, and the eight best films in each category will become Official Selections. In the event of a tie, jurors will consult to make a decision. Should a film be removed, disqualified or otherwise withdrawn from the Festival after the Official Selection announcement has been made, the next highest scoring film (First Alternate) will take its place. No alternates beyond first shall be permitted as an Official Selection. Official Selections will be screened at the VHSL Film Festival and the film with the best ranking in each category will be designated Best Film.
135-1-3 First Refusal-Once films are announced as Official Selections to the VHSL Film Festival, films may not be publicly screened or viewable online until after screening at the VHSL Film Festival.
SECTION 136: STATE FILM FESTIVAL
136-1-1 State Film Festival-A state Film Festival shall be held annually on dates specified on the Activities Calendar.
136-1-2 A festival shall consist of six separate categories as follows: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Commercial and Public Service Announcement.
136-1-3 The order of screening shall be determined by the festival director.
136-2-3 All schools will receive a complete report of jurors’ written evaluations and rankings. Entrants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the jurors.
136-2-4 Clerical or tabulation errors may be corrected within 60 minutes of the announced results. A school that leaves the festival site before the review period is complete forfeits the right to appeal or correct results.
SECTION 137: AWARDS
137-1-1 Best Film-The production with the lowest total of three ranks shall be declared the Best Film in its respective category (Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Experimental, Best Commercial, Best Public Service Announcement). A trophy will be presented to each Best Film winner, and individual members of each winning film crew will receive medals.
137-2-1 Audience Choice- The production with the highest number of audience votes at the VHSL Film Festival live screening shall be declared the winner of the Audience Choice Award in its respective category (Audience Choice Narrative, Audience Choice Documentary, Audience Choice Animation, Audience Choice Experimental, Audience Choice Commercial, Audience Choice Public Service Announcement). A trophy will be presented to each Audience Choice winner, and individual members of each winning film crew will receive medals.