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MCPSS Film Festival 2018
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Sunday, January 21, 2018
Film Festival
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Lights, Camera, ENGAGE!

MCPSS 2018 Film Festival


March 15: Submission deadline for all PPS students interested in participating in the film festival.  Please submit entries to Ms. Lancaster on or before March 15, 2018 at 


 2018 Rules and Guidelines


Entries will be divided into the following groups:

•       K-5

•       6-8

•       9-12

•       Teacher



•       Comedy (not to exceed 7 minutes)

o   A humorous story intended to make the audience laugh.

•       Commercial (not to exceed 30 seconds or length of iMovie movie trailer)

o   A video that promotes a product, concept, or perspective (fictional or non- fictional).

o   Commercials created using the iMovie movie trailer template will be accepted.

•       Documentary (submit first 7 minutes only)

o   An original program that provides insight into non-fictional events and people. 

•       Drama/Other (not to exceed 7 minutes)

o   Any fictional story portrayed in a creative way.

•       How-To-Video (not to exceed 7 minutes)

o   A video designed to help people learn about a given topic.

•       Music Video (not to exceed 7 minutes)

o   Video pictures set to original or non-original music. If the music used in the video is not written by those making the video, permission must be granted in writing  by the owner of the copyright. (It will be the responsibility of the teacher submitting the video to ensure that all copyright rules have been followed and that permission has been granted to their students for use.)

•       News Story (not to exceed 7 minutes)

o   Any original news story about a non-fictional phenomenon.



•       Judges will select one winner from each category for each group (K-5, 6-8, 9-12, & teacher).

•       From the winning entries one will be selected as “Best in Show” for each group. Request:

•       This year we are requesting that participants submit their “blooper reels” along with their videos. The bloopers will be shown before the commencement of the awards ceremony on the night of       .


1.           Entries may not be submitted in multiple categories.

2.           Entries must be created in the current school year.

3.           Entries may be produced by an individual, group, class, or club.

4.           Schools are limited to 5 entries per category.

5.           Scripts, storyboards, and/or final products must be approved by the submitting teacher (Ms. Lancaster) before an entry can be submitted.

6.           Videos must be saved and submitted in either .MP4 or .AVI format.

7.           Only teachers can upload entries for submission.

8.           All entries must include the following information:

             a.           Title

             b.           Name(s) of creator(s)

             c.           Name(s) of videographer(s) d. Name(s) of editor(s)

             e.           Category

             f.            School name

            g.           Grade level

            h.           Name of submitting teacher

9.         Presentations exceeding 7 minutes will be disqualified. Running time will be counted from first fade/visual/sound to last.

10.         K-5 productions may be developed with the help of a teacher, but submissions that have been filmed and/or edited by a teacher must be submitted to the teacher group.

11.        Videos that are filmed and/or edited by an adult other than the student’s teacher are not eligible for submission. (No parent-made videos.)

12.        All 6-8 and 9-12 entries must be exclusively student written and produced, and teacher approved.

13.        Copyright permission must be credited in writing for use of clip art, non-original music, and authoring programs. Copyrighted materials must also be credited at the end of each video. See below for important copyright information. 



Submissions deemed inappropriate for all ages may still be submitted but will not be shown at the awards ceremony.


Legal and Copyright information:

1.  By submitting entries to this competition submitting teacher confirms that each work submitted is the original work of the student and/or have written permission from the owners of any copyrighted material used. It is the responsibility of  each  submitting school to provide proper permission documentation, if copyright is in question.

2.  By submitting entries to this competition, submitting teacher grants the usage rights required by the Mobile County Public School System for promotional purposes for this contest and future contests or any other use the school system deems appropriate.

3.  By submitting entries to this competition, submitting teacher has obtained written consent from the parent/guardian of the student to grant the usage rights required by Mobile County Public School System necessary to display and use personally identifiable or directory information limited to student’s name, grade, school, and teacher’s name for judging, displaying, and promoting of this contest and future contests or any other use the school system deems appropriate.

4.  Mobile County Public School System reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry, for any reason, without notice.


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