Lipscomb University presents the "5 Minute Film Festival: High School Edition". A gala, red carpet award show, March 26th, 2020.

The 5MFF: High School Edition, presented by Lipscomb University and sponsored by Canon®, is excited to screen Official Selections in narrative, animation, documentary, and music video categories at our inaugural fest, March 26th, 2020.

The festival has internationally recognized creative talent as Judges, including Michael Nawrocki, Tom Bancroft, Seth Worley, and the Erwin Brothers among others! Submit today for your shot at the 5MFF: High School Edition title, cash, and prizes!

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Thank you and Good luck!

$5,000 in cash and prizes! Winners from Narrative and Animation categories go on to screen at Academy Award® qualifying, Nashville Film Festival.

For a complete list of Technical, Content, and Rules for Entry, please visit:


Your submission’s total runtime (TRT) must NOT exceed the specified time limit for the category you are submitting (See categories and time limits below). Credits are included in your TRT and credit runtime must NOT exceed 30 seconds.
We strongly recommend that you triple check your audio levels and that your audio is NOT limited to one channel (ie: right or left).

Any film that includes main dialogue that is not English must be submitted with English subtitles.

If your film has subtitles please make sure they are “Title Safe”. For a detailed explanation of “Title Safe” please click here.

When uploading your submission, you must use the following file naming conventions:



We will only accept the file formats listed below:



Do not submit films in 4K. Please submit your film in 1080 HD or lower. Any film files that are larger than 4GBs will not be accepted.

Films that are accepted into the festival will be screened in 16:9 aspect ratio. If your film is submitted in a different ratio, your film will be letterboxed to display on the 16:9 screen.


All music, images, titles, footage and other copyrighted material used in your submission MUST be properly licensed. You must have permission and/or the proper rights to all content submitted.
There are various resources that offer royalty-free music and images.

The Five Minute Film Festival team reserves the right to switch your submission to a different category as they see fit.

PG Rating. 5 Minute Film Festival will not accept any content that does not follow MPAA rating guidelines. PG: Parents urged to give “parental guidance.” May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.


The film’s director(s) must have been in high school or younger while filming the project. Middle school students are not eligible to submit.
If the film’s director(s) were high school seniors at the time of creation, but are now in college the film is eligible to be submitted.

We are an international film festival and thus accept films from anywhere in the world as long as you were in high school or high school age when the film was made.

Any submission that does not meet these guidelines will NOT be considered for judging and will NOT be selected to screen at the Five Minute Film Festival: High School Edition.


DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Please visit our FilmFreeway platform for more information on deadlines, including Early Bird and Late submissions.

ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.

HOW TO ENTER: Create a film of five (5) minutes or less in length (a “Film”), and submit it via FilmFreeway to your respective category.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: To submit your Film you will be required to create a FilmFreeway profile as well as supply school/company/organization name and student ID. The information you provide will be used only for contest administration and to contact contest winners ONLY. Your information will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any party not affiliated with the Festival and the Contest except to the extent permitted by law.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: Official Selections will be announced in accordance with dates outlined at FilmFreeway, and winners will be announced at the festival’s award show. Winners will be chosen by the Festival on the merits of each entry in the Festival’s sole and absolute discretion. All winners will be notified by the email address associated with filmmaker profiles at FilmFreeway. If a winner does not respond to the notification within ten (10) business days, another winner will be chosen. Failure to respond within the time frames listed above shall mean that the provisional winner forfeits the prize.

RULES FOR ENTRY: Entries may not contain, as determined by the Festival, in its sole discretion, any content that:

An Entry must be the original work of the Entrant, and 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 releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by the Festival in the manner set forth in these Terms, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry, music licenses, and location releases. The Festival reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to the Festival from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Any Entry not in English must contain English subtitles.

By submitting an Entry, the Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Festival may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest. The Entrant waives any and all claims that any Entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the Festival may be similar to the Entrant’s Entry, or that any compensation is due to the Entrant in connection with such other Entry or other works used by the Festival.

PRIZES: Prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash or subject to substitution. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries and the quality of each specific Entry.

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