Filmmaking schools, departments and programs—submit your institution's three strongest films to the 30th UFVF/KODAK Student Filmmaking and Cinematography Grants. Winning students receive cash grants and motion picture product, and will screen at the 2021 University Film and Video Association Annual Conference (virtual event).
Excellence in Filmmaking
Gold Grant: $5,000 Cash + $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product
Silver Grant: $3,000 Cash + $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product
Bronze Grant: $2,000 Cash + $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product
Excellence in Cinematography
First Place Grant: $3,000 Cash + $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product
Kodak Vision Grant: $3,000 Cash + $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product
Kodak Vision Honorable Mention Grant: $1,000 Cash + $500 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant
Please read this agreement carefully before you submit your production. By submitting your entry, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are tips at the bottom, so read it all!
ALL nominations must be made by ONE designated department or program official (faculty or staff) from an accredited higher education institution. Submitted films must have been produced under the auspices of the academic program. Submissions made by individual filmmakers (not by a program official) will be disqualified.
EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING
The category of Excellence in Filmmaking will be evaluated on the basis of creative and technical ability, communications ability, and filmmaking excellence. This award will be given to the filmmaker. Entries may originate on any format.
EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
The category of Excellence in Filmmaking will be evaluated on the quality of cinematography skills. This award will be given to the cinematographer. Entries may originate on any format, but to qualify for the special Vision or Vision Honorable Mention Award the project must be shot at least 50% on film.
SUBMISSIONS FROM SCHOOL OFFICIALS
Film schools and programs are solely responsible for designating submitting officials and coordinating entries from their schools. We recommend that programs talk in advance about who will make the submissions. This will avoid miscommunication and potential disqualification of entries beyond the allowable three per program. Additional submissions from a single institution will not be considered. Multiple entries from a single filmmaker will not be considered.
Each school may submit up to three different projects from three different filmmakers. A project may be submitted to be considered for either one of the categories (filmmaking or cinematography), but not both. Submissions that choose multiple categories will only be considered for one and will be assigned by the festival director or may be disqualified.
All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway and view online video files directly on FilmFreeway or through Vimeo or YouTube. We are not responsible for incorrect URLs or passwords. We do not offer technical support.
Films may be up to 30 minutes in length. Trailers or incomplete films are ineligible.
Eligible films must be entirely student work, completed after June 1, 2020.
Films may be in any language. All submission details (descriptions, and mailing address, etc) must be complete, clear, and must be in English regardless of the language of origin of the film or producer.
Selected films will be required to submit a downloadable HD mp4 of the film. Download permissions must be granted immediately upon request for the screening.
All determinations by the UFVF/Kodak Student Filmmaking and Cinematography Grants judges and administrators are final.
FINAL ENTRY AND MATERIAL DEADLINES
All entry forms must be completed and submitted with online links included no later than 11:59 PM ET on June 1, 2021. There is no late deadline.
UFVF/KODAK Grant communications will come via email, please be mindful of your spam filters, we are not responsible for entrants not receiving messages.
PUBLICITY AND MARKETING
All selected entries may be excerpted for publicity purposes. UFVF and KODAK reserve the right to promote any entry to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the UFVF/KODAK Student Filmmaking and Cinematography Grants. UFVF and KODAK may use your name, approved likeness, biography and other information regarding your submission for the purposes of marketing, advertising and promoting the UFVF/KODAK Student Filmmaking and Cinematography Grants.
Winning films (or excerpts) will be screened at the University Film and Video Association Conference. Winning filmmakers may attend to receive their award. Winners are responsible for travel, lodging, and conference fees when the conference is in person (the 2021 conference is virtual). Conference attendance is not required to receive an award.
COPYRIGHT AND CLEARANCES
Entrants hereby warrant that they are authorized to submit the media project for consideration. Please ensure if you are submitting an entry that contains copyrighted material by anyone other than yourself or your collaborators, if a joint work, that you have obtained proper clearances and/or licenses for that material used. Entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless UFVF, KODAK, UFVA, their organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and court costs) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to submitted material. The burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright, trademark, rights of privacy, publicity or any other proprietary rights rests solely with the entrant. The entrant shall bear the sole liability for any damages resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm which is alleged as a result of such a submission.
CONTROLLING LAW, VENUE AND SEVERABILITY
This License shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the District of Columbia without consideration of conflicts of laws provisions and principles. All claims between the parties, regardless of legal theory and whenever brought, shall be resolved in the state or federal courts of the District of Columbia, USA, and you stipulate that you expressly submit to the personal jurisdiction of such state and federal courts, and you further agree that any judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision, or portion thereof, of this Agreement to be unenforceable, the remainder of this License shall continue in full force and effect.
This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of productions and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. Nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver of UFVF’s or KODAK's rights under the United States of America patent and copyright laws or any other Federal or State law, nor of any of UFVF’s or KODAK's rights under the rules or laws of any country, territory, republic, and/or province.
UFVF and KODAK reserve the right to remove an entry from consideration for any reason—or for no reason—and shall not be liable for any claims of any kind arising out of such removal.
UFVF and KODAK may, at our discretion, transfer a portion of your submitted work to a compilation DVD, tape or online video file for promotional purposes.
By submitting to the UFVF/KODAK Student Filmmaking and Cinematography Grants, you agree to the rules and terms and conditions. You agree that failure to adhere to any of the rules or terms and conditions may result in disqualification.
HINTS AND TIPS
You can imagine how many entries we get by offering money as a prize, but with no entry fee. A huge number of those entries are from people who obviously have not read these rules. It’s obvious and we immediately disqualify those so we don't waste the judges time. The most common disqualifications last year were films submitted by the filmmakers and not a school representative. We also had many issues with films that were submitted to both the filmmaking and cinematography category, contacts who did not respond to emails, and submission materials in languages other than English. We appreciate entrants who pay attention to these details!