The NCCC Digital Media Department and Animation Department are proud to co-host our 2017 NCCC Film & Animation Festival--open to filmmakers of all ages and all levels of expertise!

$200 for 1st prize winners in each category: Animation, Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Experimental, Horror, Music Video, and Best High School Student film/video.

Submissions open on March 1st, 2017 and the deadline for all submissions is 11:59 EST on April 23, 2017. Finalists will be notified May 1st, 2017.

The 2017 NCCC Film & Animation Festival is FREE to attend on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 12pm-4pm and includes: screenings of the finalists’ films, vendor displays and demos , red-carpet interviews, refreshments, contest and prizes, and an awards ceremony where we will announce our winners!

The festival will also feature a Filmmakers Forum with a panel of professionals in the industry, a Drone Workshop hosted by Kevin Lesika and two keynote speakers: Author and Filmmaker, Gregory Lamberson, and accomplished Animator, Signe Baumane—all free and open to the public.

Whether you have years of experience in the film industry or just a passing interest in film or animation, we invite you to join us for an afternoon dedicated to our Filmmaker’s community.

Awards & Prizes

$200 for 1st prize winners in each category: Animation, Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Experimental, Horror, Music Video, and Best High School Student film/video. (Best High School Student film/video prize is awarded to the highest scoring film/video submitted by a High School Student/entrant(s) under the age of 18).

Winners that are present at the Festival will receive a trophy. Winners that are NOT present at the Festival, may be mailed their trophy but must assume responsibility for all shipping costs.

Finalists in each category will have their video(s)/film(s) screened for the duration of the Festival.

Winners will have a link to their winning video/film featured on our website and shared on our social media pages.

Rules & Terms

Who Can Enter?

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival is open to students, amateurs, and professionals.

How Do I Enter?

In order to be considered for judging, videos must be uploaded to FilmFreeway. Note: If you're using Vimeo, make sure you include a download button. Hard-copies will not be accepted. Videos entered in the contest must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form and payment of the $10 entry fee.

On the submission form, entrants must provide the following information: name, age, title of the video, running time of the video, brief description of the video, school (if a currently enrolled high school or college student), street address, e-mail address, and phone number. Additionally, entrants must provide a brief biographical statement.

Entrants who are under the age of 18 must also provide the name and contact information of a parent or legal guardian. By entering the NCCC Film & Animation Festival, entrants agree to grant NCCC permission to screen their productions at the NCCC Film & Animation Festival, which takes place at the College’s Sanborn Campus on Saturday May 6, 2017. Entrants also agree to allow NCCC to use brief excerpts from their videos for promotional, informational, and educational use related to the festival. Prizewinners additionally agree to allow NCCC to feature an excerpt or web link to their video on the NCCC Film & Animation Festival Website for approximately one year from the date of the festival.

How Many Videos May I Enter?

Entrants may submit up to two videos in each of the seven competition categories. These include: documentary, comedy, drama, music video, experimental, animation, horror. Entrants must indicate on the submission form the category in which they want their video to be judged. (Best High School Student Video award is determined by the highest score of all films/videos submitted by High School Students/Entrants under the age of 18).

A submission form, along with an entry fee of $10 (payable at the time of submission), must accompany each video submitted to the competition. Entries may be disqualified if not complete for any reason.

All videos must be original productions and must have been produced within the past three years. Entrants must confirm that they possess rights to all copyrighted works (i.e. images, video clips, music, etc.) used in the video as well as releases from all persons who appear in or whose voices are used in the production.

Entrants are responsible for ensuring that their videos are in compliance with all legal and copyright requirements. NCCC does not assume responsibility for phone, technical, network, electronic, computer, hardware or software failure of any kind, stolen, incomplete, garbled, or delayed internet/e-mail computer transmission, or lost, late, misdirected, damaged, illegible, stolen, incomplete, misaddressed entries incorrectly transmitted entries, or any other entry which does not meet the contest requirements.

What Length Can the Videos Be?

Videos submitted to the competition should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length.

What are the Prizes?

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival will award a First Place prize in each of the festival’s eight categories. First-Place winners will receive $200.00.

Prizes are non-transferable. There will be no substitution of prizes and no election of cash in lieu of prizes, except at the sole discretion of Niagara County Community College.

If not present on the day of the Festival Awards ceremony, winners should allow two months for delivery of their prize after notification of winning. Prizewinners are responsible for all applicable taxes.

Who Will Judge the Videos?

Judges for each category are experienced filmmaking, animation, or entertainment professionals. There are two judges for each category. Videos will be judged on the basis of creativity, originality, production aesthetics (visual and sound elements), and overall quality. Judging will take place prior to the NCCC Film & Animation Festival, which is to take place on Saturday May 6, 2017. Judges’ decisions are final.

When and Where Will the Videos Be Shown?

Finalists' videos in each of the competition categories will be screened on the day of the festival. Excerpts from first prize and second prize videos will also be screened during the festival awards ceremony.

May I re-submit my winning video to future NCCC Film & Animation Festivals if it previously was a festival winner?

No. If you are a previous year’s winner, submission of your winning video to any future NCCC festival(s) will not be considered as a finalist/winner again.