Important Updates: Our submission deadline for student short films is coming up quickly on January 5, 2018! The regular submission fee has been lowered to $20.00 for everyone from December 29th forward. PLEASE be sure to submit the required submission documents and release form from our website (grandfoundation.org/events/film) onto FilmFreeway files & attachments and entry fees along with your submission to save us from doing a follow-up with you. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted; rules and guidelines are listed on our website: grandfoundation.org/events/film.

Join us for our 2nd Student Film Festival on March 17, 2018: Our Student Film Festival will showcase short films from college, high school and immersive film/digital arts high schools throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon, ONLY. Early bird entry fee is $20 if submitted by December 15, 2017. Regular submission entry fee is $30 if submitted after December 16, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

Reminiscent of days past, the Grand Theater Center for the Arts in Tracy, California will transform into a Movie House to showcase the works of young filmmakers, providing a platform to have their films screened by the public and to be juried and awarded. The festival will include a professional film talk by a special guest speaker, Mick LaSalle, renowned Film Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, a Jury Panel Discussion, and the event will close with a Filmmaker Awards Reception.

A total of $6,750 will be awarded in prizes for top films chosen by our jury panel.

In each of the college, high school, and immersive film/digital arts high school Filmmaker Divisions: The First Place Overall Student Film Festival winner will be awarded $1000. The Second Place Overall Student Film Festival winner will be awarded $750. The Third Place overall Student Film Festival winner will be awarded $500. A total of $6,750 in monetary awards.

In addition: From all entries, there will be one Honorable Mention winner and one Audience Choice Award winner.

Early bird entry fee is $20 if submitted by December 15, 2017. Regular submission entry fee is $30 if submitted after December 16, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

Each film showcased will be 3-15 minutes. The genres include: Indie, Experimental, Animation, Documentary and Political/Cause, Narrative and PSA.

IMPORTANT!: We are only taking film submissions through FilmFreeway uploading. In addition to completing your FilmFreeway submission, entrants MUST visit www.GrandFoundation.org/events/film to read, complete and upload the requirements of the Student Film Festival Rules and Guidelines, Film Submission Form, the Filmmakers' Release Form and to get complete information about submitting your film. These internal documents are required in addition to your FilmFreeway film submission in order to complete your film's entry in the Grand Foundation Student Film festival. Again: All required forms must be submitted by uploading on FilmFreeway/My Projects/Files & Attachments.

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  • Josh Auffret

    Cynthia and the entire Grand Foundation team put together a fantastic event. The program and poster design was compelling, the social media outreach spot-on, the speakers and jury panel all had interesting things to say, and the post-festival hors d'oeuvres were delicious! Truly, everything was top-notch and it was clear how hard everyone worked to put together a great event. My daughter and I had a wonderful time and can't wait to attend next year!

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    Response from festival:

    Josh: Thank you so much for your wonderful words and your personal letters of thanks that we also received from you and Ava. It means so much to us that you think we are doing a good job and we welcome any suggestions to keep making the Student Film Festival even more accessible and relevent to more student filmmakers. Thank you for your kind offer of support for our next festival, dated March 16, 2019, and we will be contacting you in the not too distant future. Best, Cynthia Souza