The Brazosport Arts in Media Festival is a three-day festival featuring Short Film and Animation by students. In addition to the competition, entrants may attend free film and animation workshops by university faculty and industry professionals.

The BAM! Festival is a project of the non-profit organization ARS ARCA. We appreciate your donations and support for this and other ARS ARCA projects

ENTRIES ARE ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS

CONTEST PARTICIPANTS:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Students producing the content entered in the High School Division, must be 18 years of age or younger with no college course work in film, animation, or graphic design.

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:
Students producing the content entered in the University Division must be currently enrolled full-time or part-time in a university program. Contact contest officials with questions regarding the proper division for entry.

There is no minimum or a maximum number of contestants. Actors are not contestants if that is their only role in the project.

Non-student involvement in the project is limited to sponsors and onscreen talent.
There is no limit in the number of submissions by school or by individual.

TIME LIMITS AND CATEGORIES:

HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORIES:
1) Narrative
2) Documentary, (This does not include Broadcast News or PSA’s)
3) Computer/ digital animation and
4) Traditional animation (claymation, hand drawn, stop motion) This does not include liveactors filmed and then edited to create a “strobe” effect.

HIGH SCHOOL TIME LIMITS:
Narrative and documentary films shall be 3- 7 minutes in length. Animation entries shall be 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length. This includes any credits.

UNIVERSITY CATEGORIES:
1. Narrative
2. Documentary
3. 2D Animation (either handrawn, or computer/digital animation)
4. 3D
5. Claymation/stop motion

UNIVERSITY TIME LIMITS:
Narrative and documentary films shall be a maximum of 12 minutes in length. Animation entries shall be 30 seconds to 5 minutes in length.

TEXAS DIVISION:
There shall be a separate competition for Texas students. Texas high school and university students shall only compete against other Texas students and awards shall be issued separately from other competitors.

ELIGIBLE MATERIAL:
Submitted material must be original works and are required to have clearances for music or other copy-righted material featured in the project. A log of any music used shall be maintain and made available upon request by contest officials.
Contest officials reserve the right reject material found within their sole discretion to offend the moral standards of the community.

ENTRY PROCEDURES:
Submission Deadline - February 15, 2020.
Submission of Film Entries shall be uploaded at FilmFreeway

FESTIVAL DATE:
The Brazosport Arts in Media Festival shall take place March 27-29, 2020.

EVALUATION OF ENTRIES:
Films submitted to the Festival shall be previewed, critiqued and ranked by our adjudicators. Originality, cinematic storytelling, and technical execution are the basis of the scoring.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • international category got cancelled even though the festival was held online

    October 2020
  • 叔芹 李

    Bam!Festival is a great platform for student filmmakers. Thank you for the efforts to run the festival during the great pandemic. And hank you for selecting my film! I would definitely recommend this festival to my friends. Hope everyone stay healthy : )

    May 2020
  • Student filmmakers and animators should submit their work here! Great communication!!! Great spirit despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic! Thank you for selecting my short film!

    May 2020
  • Despite not being able to go to the festival, due to the pandemic, I am extremely grateful for BAM! to accept my animated short film. I encourage a lot of student filmmakers and animators to submit their work here!

    May 2020
  • Katerina Kan

    The festival was a great opportunity!

    May 2020