YOU MUST LIST YOUR BERKS COUNTY, PA SCHOOL OR YOUR SUBMISSION WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE REJECTED.

You must be a student or recent graduate (2020) of a Berks County, PA school to submit.

The Five Minute FilmFEST is a FREE regional film challenge open to high school students located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Students in Berks County, PA have the opportunity to create their best work and compete against other students in the region for trophies, prizes, and well-deserved recognition! Our mission is to encourage talented student filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts to explore the art of filmmaking. We want to empower our local youth to share their stories through digital media and develop the next generation of filmmakers!
• Submissions Open January 11th, 2021 thru April 20th, 2021 (FREE!)
Films will be screened on Social Media and BCTV during the month of May with a live award ceremony.
*FiveMinute FilmFEST winning films will also screen during StudentFEST during the 2021 ReadingFilmFEST
Students, teachers, and parents are welcome to attend the 2021 ReadingFilmFEST festival, including all workshops and panel discussions.

Submission must be an original short film/video project no more than 5 minutes in length. 3-5 minute total run time (TRT) video. Title slate, opening credits, and closing credits count as part of the TRT.

A film/video project can be part of a school assignment. Educators/teachers are encouraged to mentor/guide students through the film development process.

Students may submit on their own or educators may submit on behalf of the student(s).

All genres will be accepted, including original narrative/fiction, documentary/non-fiction, and music videos. All videos must utilize original or copyright-cleared music and images.

All submissions will be judged by independent jurors. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the best films based on our judges scoring.

Students must reside in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and be currently enrolled in a public, charter, or private high school. 2020 high school graduates are eligible to submit.

First Place Overall Winner receives $200 gift card, Crystal Award, ReadingFilmFEST Filmmaker-T-shirt with Swag Bag

Second Place Overall Winner receives $150 gift card and Crystal Award

Third Place Winner receives $50 gift card and Award Certificate

All participating students and teachers will receive StudentFest / All Access Pass to 2021 ReadingFilmFEST

1. Berks County Pennsylvania students ONLY. Submitters must live (or maintain a permanent address) in Berks County, PA
2. Submitters must be enrolled in a high school program (public, private, or online) or be a 2020 graduate.
3. Create a 3-5 minute, total run (TRT) video. Title slate, opening credits, and closing credits count as part of the TRT.
4. Only original or copyright-cleared images and music will be accepted.
6. Submitting film implies a release to screen the film at the 2021 film festival.