Story? – International Student Documentary Festival, the only international student documentary film festival of its kind in Ireland, has been running for the past three years. The fourth festival will take place next October at Munster Technological University (MTU) in lovely Cork City, Ireland.
The festival is run by the Media Communications Department at MTU, which is part of the Crawford College of Art and Design, and is run in association with MTU’s Arts Office.
The festival will screen two main types of student documentary – documentaries and animations that have a documentary element. Over the past three years we have screened documentaries from Cork, Ireland in general, the UK, Europe, the USA, South America, Asia and Africa. This year we hope to again attract vibrant student work from all over the world. Documentaries can be no longer that 25 minutes.
Filmmakers whose documentaries were featured at previous festivals came to Cork for the awards ceremony and had a great time exploring its attractions. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to run the 2020 festival online – we live streamed the festival over two days in April, 2020. Depending on the public health situation as the year progresses, we will extend an invitation to visit Cork to the filmmakers whose work is chosen for the 2021 festival. Films are screened in the intimate Rory Gallagher Theatre, named for the world famous Cork blues/rock guitarist Rory Gallagher. We will consider live streaming the festival again this year, in conjunction with the live event.
Story? has a strong link with CampusDoc, an international student documentary film festival that is held in the Dutch city of Utrecht every June. CampusDoc alumni have had their films shown at Story? in recent years.
This year a number of prizes will be on offer: first prize goes to the best documentary of the festival and there will be five more prizes: Best of Cork; Best Animated Documentary; Best European Documentary; Best International Documentary and an Audience Award.
At the inaugural festival in 2018, the prize for the best documentary went to “Inside the Circle”, by Lauren Bos and Hein van den Bogaert from the Netherlands, which told the story of two professional handball players who needed to juggle their ambitions to be the best in their sport with their own personal relationship together. In 2019 the prize for the winning documentary went to “Da Hillsook Wedeen”, an evocative historical documentary about the Shetland Islands made by Hope Strickland from Manchester. Last year’s winner was Michal Hytroś from Poland, whose documentary “The Sisters” told the story of 12 nuns in an enclosed convent near Kraków.
Awards will be given in six categories. A trophy and/or certificate will be presented in each category
• Best Documentary of the Festival
• Best of Cork
• Best Animated Documentary
• Best European Documentary
• Best International Documentary
• Audience Award
• Submissions will be accepted under two categories – documentaries and animations that have a documentary element, made by third-level students
• The documentaries can be about any topic
• Running time is a maximum of 25 minutes for each documentary
• Submission is open to third-level students and students who graduated in 2019 and 2020
• English subtitles will be required for all non-English language documentaries that are screened
• Awards will be given in six categories – Best Documentary of the Festival; Best of Cork; Best Animated Documentary; Best European Documentary; Best International Documentary and Audience Award.
• The winning documentaries in each category will be shown at the finale in October, either live or online
• Shortlisted films may also be shown during the festival
• Initial uploads should be to Vimeo or Utube. If your film is selected for screening you will be asked to submit it in the following manner:
• Resolution: Full HD (1920x1080), 16:9 Widescreen (preferable). Frame rate: 25fps. Scan type: progressive. Video codec h.264 (min 15 – max 40 mbps). Audio codec AAC (min 160 kbps), 44KHz. Container: MP4. File size (*) up to 360 MB.
• If your documentary is accepted for screening, you will be asked to submit a screenshot of the video in the following way: Format; JPEG. Colour space RGB. DPI 300 dpi. Size: 1920 x 1080 px. File size: up to 6MB.
• The Jury’s decision is final.