British Columbia’s only student film festival organized by the media teachers of this province to recognize their exceptional student filmmakers. The BCSFF is open to every BC student; elementary, junior secondary, senior secondary, and post secondary. It’s a celebration of growing talent with viewing nights and workshops taught by industry professionals over two days and four nights in May hosted by Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts).

*Please note, any additional copyright information and documentation MUST be emailed to bcstudentfilmfestival@gmail.com with your application submission.

REMINDER
Film submissions will ONLY be accepted via FilmFreeway (preferred) or Vimeo.

Students must include a clip/trailer in the submission. FilmFreeway includes an option to upload a clip directly to FilmFreeway (preferred) or a link to a Vimeo page. The clip/trailer must be 10 to 20 seconds long and contain no titling please.

For directions on how to upload this clip via FilmFreeway, please visit: http://www.bcsff.com/pdfs/content.pdf

Awards & Prizes

More info to come about this year's prizes soon!

Rules & Terms

Eligibility Criteria

*Please note, any additional copyright information and documentation must be emailed to bcstudentfilmfestival@gmail.com with your application submission.

*Contact information provided during the submission form must include your teacher sponsor's name, your school, and your school's complete contact information

- Acceptable submissions are limited to student productions that are produced, directed, planned and technically executed entirely by students in British Columbia, Canada. The involvement of parents, teachers and professionals is limited to non-creative roles (ie. technical advice, funding).
- Only students from grades 4 through 12 are eligible. For mixed grade students, entry level is determined by the highest grade of all students involved with the production.
- Non-students may be used as actors and for voice-overs as long as they were directed by students.
- Productions must have been completed within 12 months of the deadline.
- Total running time, including credits, is no longer than 10 minutes for Grades 4-12 with the exception of the category LONG FORM which accepts entries from grades 8-12 in any style with a running time between 10-30 minutes including credits.
- Individuals may enter as many productions as they wish; however, EACH FILM MUST BE ON A SEPARATE ENTRY FORM.
- Submissions may not include any a) copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright owner, b) false or defamatory statements about any person or any third party, c) third party trademarks that suggest affiliation with any trademark owner without the permission of such owner d) profanity, nudity, depictions of violence, threatening language, bullying, inappropriate, indecent, harmful, discriminatory, or obscene content as determined by BCSFF, in their sole and absolute discretion; e) depiction of an act which is dangerous or suggests any person to undertake a dangerous activity. All Submissions must be in keeping with British Columbia Student Film Festival's image, as determined by the leadership festival committee of BC Film Teachers and jurors with their sole and absolute discretion. BCSFF shall have the right, but not the obligation, to review the Entries for compliance with these entry requirements. Submissions including unsuitable content or that are in , or alleged to be in , violation will be disqualified. BC Film teachers are encouraged to run any content questions by the leadership committee prior to submission into the festival. BCSFF leadership committee and jurors retain sole discretion as to what constitutes unsuitable content and will not be liable in any way for disqualified entries.
- All students attending the BC Student Film Festival must have a BC teacher as their sponsor and chaperone.
- All students submitting videos for adjudication must be sponsored by a teacher. That teacher must be a teacher in British Columbia.

Entry Deadlines

All entries must be received by March 10th, 2017 @ 4:00 pm, complete with fees and entry form.
No late submissions will be accepted. If you miss the deadline, you may be able to submit next year.

Entry Fees
$19 USD per entry

Entry Categories

Elementary entries:
· Awards will be given to the top 5 Elementary entries regardless of category type. (all entries will be viewed and judged on their individual merit).

Junior and Senior entries:
· Animation entries - consist primarily of animated scenes created via stop-motion, cell drawings or pixilation.
· Public Service Announcement – advertises or endorses a company, product or idea. Includes commercials and public service announcements. (30 or 60 seconds).
· Documentary – informs/educates viewer about a person, place, event or subject. Presents facts or opinions without dramatizing.
· Music Video – visuals created to accompany a song or musical composition. Copyright rules apply.
· Narrative Drama - story where overall theme is serious and dramatic.
· Narrative Comedy – story where overall theme is comedic (includes mockumentary).
· Experimental – a production that breaks away from conventional genres and experiments with standard narrative and/or stylistic elements.
· Extreme Action Lifestyle (skateboard, ski, snowboard, bike, sports, action – Warning: "Jackass" style movies are not considered action lifestyle).
· Promotional – promotes a non-profit organization/event or PSA over 60 seconds.
· Spoken Word - spoken word is the oral art focusing on the aesthetics of word play such as poetry slam or prose monologues. Copyright rules apply.
· Long Form (10-30 minutes any style) - 1 age category (junior/senior only).

Mentored entries:
Awards will be given to the top 3 entries where mentorship was involved. A mentor is anyone other than classmates and a classroom teacher assisting the production of a video. Special teaching/learning opportunities like ReelVue and Summer Visions Film Institute are valued, but require their own rules for adjudication. Entries will be viewed and judged on their merit regardless of category type. (Note: it is suggested that mentored PSA's may fair better when submitted in the post secondary PSA category).

By entering the festival, you are granting BCSFF non-exclusive rights to retain an archive copy of your production for the non-profit purposes of exhibition, promotion and education. All entries may be used on a compilation video made available at cost to media arts educators to use for educational purposes.

Copyright Warnings

Entrants are encouraged to create productions that consist entirely of original material, including music, graphics, visuals etc. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION AS NECESSARY By entering the B.C. Student Film Festival, you are declaring that the material in your production is either entirely original or, you obtained proper, legal permission to use someone else's copyrighted material.

- For popular songs, you must submit copies of express written consent from both the publisher and the record company which state your name, the name of your production, the title of the song, the names of the composer, performer and publisher and any specific limitations on the use of the song.
- To use images from books, newspapers, television, videos, video games etc., you must have written permission – unless they are incidental to the shot (see below).
- Material available on the internet is not considered to be in the public domain. Material is only in the public domain if it is older than 50 years, and/or the copyright holder has explicitly given up all rights to the material.
- The “Fair Use Clause” in copyright law applies only to very limited and specific uses; it does not apply to any material shown to the public in our festival.
- Historic footage ie. footage from World War II must be checked thoroughly for the copyright holder....check the video for a publishing company. This company will need to be contacted to obtain permission.
- Visuals that are incidental to the shot are exempt from having to provide permissions.

- For Example: Branded clothing that people are wearing as a natural part of their every day wardrobe, cars that appear in the shot, products that people use, images that people are watching on TV that are incidental to the shot.

THE USE OF ANY MATERIAL WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER IS ILLEGAL.

- Documented proof indicating permission to use such materials must accompany your entry. This means copies of all letters of permission.
- If using copyright cleared music, original music, or “buy out library music”, please include a description of this on the entry form.

ANY COPYRIGHT DOCUMENTATION AND PERMISSIONS MUST BE EMAILED TO bcstudentfilmfestival@gmail.com. Films that are deemed to be using copyrighted materials without provided documentation may be disqualified.

Entries will be screened before the festival by adjudicators (film industry professionals and festival alumni) who will select the winning entries. Winning filmmakers will be notified prior to the festival. Special awards will be announced at the awards gala event during the festival itself.

*Please note, any additional copyright information and documentation must be emailed to bcstudentfilmfestival@gmail.com with your application submission.

*Contact information provided during the submission form must include your teacher sponsor's name, your school, and your school's complete contact information.

NEW THIS YEAR!
Film submissions will ONLY be accepted via FilmFreeway (preferred) or Vimeo.

Students must include a clip/trailer in the submission. FilmFreeway includes an option to upload a clip directly to FilmFreeway (preferred) or a link to a Vimeo page. The clip/trailer must be 10 to 20 seconds long and contain no titling please.