ONLY MILLBURN PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY ENTER - USA, Millburn, New Jersey - Middle & High Public School students


TBA - in the past we have given scholarships to New York Film Academy Summer Camps


The Millburn Film Fest is a project where the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills puts students in the spotlight by showcasing Millburn Middle and High School students’ short films.
Submissions will be accepted from September 5, 2017 through February 26, 2018. All submissions accepted at the main office of Millburn Middle and High School by students attending the school.
• A full-time student that is enrolled in Millburn High School or Millburn Middle School for the academic year 2017-2018 who played a major role in the creation of an original film (i.e., producer, director, writer, cinematographer or editor).
• The film must have been completed within one year prior to the festival deadline of February 27, 2017. The film must be entirely a student production. Adults (industry professional, faculty, parent, guardian, or adult over 21) can only assist in an advisory capacity.
• A single student may contribute a maximum of two (2) films in which he/she played one or more of the following roles: producer, director, writer, cinematographer or editor.
• Films must be submitted on flash drive or sd card in widescreen (16x9) format in a .mov file. No menu screen is required. Projects that are not in the proper format, or cannot be viewed by the judges will be disqualified from the competition.
• When submitting more than one film, submit each film on separate flash or sd card, and fill out a separate submission application online and talent/location forms for each film.
• Films not in English must be clearly subtitled or dubbed into English.
• No flash drives or sd cards submitted will be returned.

Film Content & Length
• The Millburn Film Fest Film encourages creativity and originality, however all scenes should be suitable for family viewing and as such the content must be equivalent to a G or PG rated movie. The judges will exclude films with gratuitous obscenity, gratuitous violence, or whose subjects are in poor taste.
• Millburn Film Fest encourages all filmmakers to use original or copyright free music for their soundtracks, however Millburn Film Fest does not enforce that filmmakers use copyright free music. Films created for Millburn Film Fest are seen as non-profit educational projects. Using copyrighted music can greatly reduce your opportunities for further distribution or broadcast so it is best to use music that is original or in the public domain. Your film must be your own original work. Do not submit a re-edited version of a commercial video that you didn’t shoot. Please submit the artist’s release to use music with your submission form.
• Submissions may be no shorter than two (2) minutes and no more than fifteen (15) minutes in length.
Judges & Judging Criteria
A panel of at least four judges that will include a combination of Millburn faculty/staff, film/theater/media industry professionals and/or Millburn/Short Hills residents will judge films. The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, in its sole discretion, will appoint the judges. The judges will evaluate the films on the basis of:
• Story (originality/creativity/emotional drama)
• Production values (quality and complexity of lighting, sound, camera work, editing, pacing)
• Acting (quality of performance)

Winning Films
The panel of judges will use its best efforts to the winning films. The judges are not required to select any winning films, and may select no winning films, if they decide, in their sole discretion, no films meet the Millburn Film Fest’s criteria or objectives. If a winning film is disqualified, the Millburn Film Fest may, but is not required to, select an alternate winner. Winning films will be showcased at the Millburn Film Fest to be held in April 2014, or such other time as scheduled by the Millburn Film Fest. In the event that unforeseen circumstances reasonably require cancellation of the Millburn Film Fest for any reason, the Millburn Film Fest will so advise the entrants and shall have no liability as a result thereof.

Notification of Winning Films
Winning filmmakers will be contacted by email no later than March 30, 2018.

• All materials (images, music, etc.) used in the submitted film(s) should be either original work, work used with the copyright holder’s permission, or work that is in the public domain. If a copyrighted work is used with the copyright holder’s permission, verification of such permission should be included in the submission. In submitting your entry, you and your parent/guardian are assuming all copyright liability thereof. Written verification of copyrights for the submitted film(s) should be submitted to the Millburn Film Fest by the February 26, 2018 festival submission deadline.
• In addition, by submitting a film to the Millburn Film Fest you and your parent/guardian give the Millburn Public School System, The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, and the Millburn Film Fest unlimited rights to use your Creative Works (i.e., film, videos, and DVDs; still photographs; artwork in any medium; voice recordings; written work; pictures in any medium; and any other original work), or any portion thereof, for screenings and in promotional materials at any time, and to publish in print, electronic or digital form in perpetuity. By submitting this film you further agree that the Millburn Public School System, the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, and the Millburn Film Fest have the right to use your name and Creative Works for public relations, public information, student recognition or awards, instruction, distribution or sales where the proceeds benefit the Millburn Public School System, The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, or the Millburn Film Fest.