The 18th annual student & alumni film competition of Southern Oregon University.

Jury prizes for student and alumni short films and scripts will be awarded in multiple categories and an audience-choice award will be voted on at the end of the exhibition.


1) All submissions are due by 11:59pm (Pacific) on May 11th, 2023. No late submissions will be accepted.

2) All film and script submissions must have been directed or written by a student while enrolled at least part time at Southern Oregon University between Spring 2022 and Spring 2023 (or directed or written in the same period by alumni who graduated Spring 2021 or later; or by a high school or community college student who has applied to or plans on applying to SOU's Digital Cinema Major). Official selections from past SOUSFF seasons will not be considered.

3) No film submission may exceed 15 minutes total running time (5 minutes for Future Raider category), including credits. No script submission may exceed 15 pages total (5 pages for Future Raider category) not including title page.

4) All submissions must be uploaded to FilmFreeway and authorized for downloading. When exporting your work for FilmFreeway, follow all the instructions at this link to ensure the best quality online screener:

Final exhibition copies should be configured for high-res downloads and meet the following specs: Video Frame Size of 1998 x 1080 (may have black bars — that's normal); Video Frame Rate of 24 fps (not 23.976); Apple ProRes (preferred) or H.264 Video Codec and .MOV container; Audio Sample Rate of 48.00 kHz; 24-bit Audio Bit Depth; Stereo (L + R) Audio Channels.

All script submissions must be uploaded to FilmFreeway and authorized for download. Final Exhibition copies should be in the form of a PDF and formatted to the specifications described at this link: Screenplay Format: Everything You Need to Know - NFI,the%20page%20%281.6%20from%20the%20margin%29%20More%20items

5) Accepted films will be notified by May 19th, 2023.

6) All submissions must adhere to the laws governing copyright and fair use. By submitting your film, you claim the right to distribute the work in question, grant free license to the SOU Student Film Festival to exhibit the work in question, and take full responsibility for any claims stemming from copyright infringement related to said work.

7) By submitting your project, you authorize the university to exhibit your work in-full at live screening events, on television, on streaming platforms, and on our social media channels, and grant permission to have selected clips from your work be used in promotional reels for the festival or university programs with the director credited. By submitting your film and/or screenplay, you also grant permission to SOU to submit your work to additional film festivals on your behalf, including but not limited to the Ashland Independent Film Festival, the Klamath Independent Film Festival, and SOPBS student showcases.

8) If selected, only directors or lead writers are guaranteed recognition in the festival's printed and online program and publicity materials. Other collaborators will be recognized at the discretion of the festival's marketing team.

9) If you request programmer feedback on your film and screenplay, that feedback will be provided at the end of the Spring term.

10) Students may resubmit a film that was previously rejected if significant changes have been made.

11) The SOU Student Film Festival is produced by the SOU Film Club and programmed as a project of DCIN 444 Film Festival Programming & Promotion under the faculty supervision of Digital Cinema Program Coordinator Chris Lucas. Students are not permitted to review their own projects or projects they are closely connected to, and faculty work to ensure programming decisions are based on submission quality and program fit, not student popularity. The programming team has the authority to accept or reject any qualifying submission based on their own subjective judging criteria, and any disputes arising from programming decisions will be resolved by the faculty supervisor.


All film submissions will be rated on the following components:

1) Story / Concept
2) Originality & Creativity
3) Cinematography
4) Sound
5) Editing
6) Casting & Performance (not considered for documentaries or experimental films)
7) Genre Achievement
8) Overall Quality of Production Values

All script submissions will be rated on the following components:

1) Concept / Originality
2) Structure / Pacing
3) Characters / Dialogue
4) Formatting / Professional Presentation

Contact the festival at with any questions.

Overall Rating
  • Isenhart Productions

    It's a great festival, I definitely recommend.

    June 2023