The CinéStudent Film Festival, hosted by the Elk Grove Film Club, is an annual film festival dedicated to honoring the creativity of high school filmmakers in digital media and providing them with the means and substance to pursue a career in film. The festival features submissions in any category of video production, from narrative films to documentaries, music videos to animation. This is an opportunity for film lovers, film creators and community to come together in a celebration of student achievement. In addition to the screening of films, the festival hosts a filmmaker's reception and a red carpet event. The festival will be broadcast on the local Elk Grove cable channel and the internet.

The festival awards prizes in the following judged categories:

Best Film
Best National Film
Best Foreign Film
Audience Choice Award

Awards may also be given in the following categories:

Best Documentary
Best Broadcast Journalism
Best Performance
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography

1. Only submissions by current high school students will be accepted (18 years of age or younger), with a teacher from the school of attendance of the filmmaker identified for contact information.  Additional information may be requested for proof of high school enrollment. Therefore, students must register themselves for the festival in their own names. Teachers should not be submitting students. Any questions, contact the festival.
2. The films can be of any subject: documentary or narrative, animation, music video or broadcast journalism. 
3. Films must be submitted in the English language. However, foreign language films with English subtitles will be accepted. 
4. The festival will only accept films that are 10 minutes in length of shorter. The Broadcast Journalism category length limit is 5 minutes.
5. Only 1 submission per filmmaker will be allowed.
6. Films cannot contain vulgar language, sexual situations, graphic violence or graphic drug and/or alcohol use. Films with any of these classifications will be disqualified and not screened at the festival.  For comparative purposes, films should be rated an equivalent to PG-13, PG or lower.  
7. Films cannot contain any copyrighted materials, such as still photographs not taken by the filmmakers, advertisements, brand logos, moving images or music. Popular songs and music cannot be used within the production without the expressed written consent from the copyright holder. Most record labels charge exorbitant fees for use of music, even in student non-profit productions. It is best to go the royalty-free route. There are several sites where free music is available. See for more information.
8. Students will have to complete an application when submitting a film to the festival and may be required to send a student I.D. as well. Also, student filmmakers may be required to provide release forms for each film. Students whose films do not have proper copyright clearance will be disqualified.  
9. All films must have been produced and completed in the 12 months prior to the film festival.
10. Students will submit their films via The regular deadline is February 15, 2019. After that deadline, submissions will be accepted until February 25, 2019 with a small "late deadline" fee.
11. Films will be previewed and judged by event organizers. We reserve the right to refuse any film on any grounds.
12. Students will agree to release their films for viewing by a general audience. Selected films will also be made available on the Festival website after the conclusion of the festival. 
13. Selected films will be listed on the website and filmmakers will be notified via email within two weeks prior to the festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend the festival. Filmmakers do not need to be present to win, however. 
14. Prizes will be awarded by the festival after being judged by an impartial panel whose decisions will be final. Awards will be given for Best in Film, Audience Choice, Best Foreign Film and Best National Film. Addition prizes may be awarded for Best Documentary and Best in Broadcast Journalism. In addition, there may be awards given for Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Editing and Best Performance. Entries will be judged on technical, creative and content elements. 
15. Selected films may be broadcast on local access television. Only those films that meet certain broadcast specs may be eligible. 
16. Rules are subject to change.  Competition and awards may be subjected to regional constraints and availability of funds. The CinéStudent Film Festival is run entirely on donations and sponsorships, so the level of funding can vary from year to year. 
17. Preference will be given to local films for inclusion for public screening in the festival on April 20, 2018. Unfortunately, we will not be able to show all selected films at the festival due to time constraints.

Overall Rating
  • Ben Friedman

    Great experience. Thank you very much.

    April 2017
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    wonderful festival with fantastic communication. Was thrilled to be part of it. Wish I could have attended in person

    March 2017