What are the categories for submission?

  • There are two categories for submission this year:
    • Short film – All entries must be between one and five minutes in length.  Within this category can be a wide variety of film types including, but not limited to:
      • Documentaries – presenting its subject matter in a factual and informative manner and often consists of actual news films or interviews accompanied by narration.
      • Foreign language – entries must be predominantly in another language and include sub-titles
      • Animation
    • Public Service Announcements (PSA) – a film between 30 seconds and 1 minute that would be suitable for airing online or on television with the objective of raising awareness, and/or changing public attitudes and behavior towards a social issue

Is there really prize money?

Yes.  For the short film category, winners will receive: 1st place, $750; 2nd place, $500, and 3rd place, $250.  For the public service announcement category, winners will receive: 1st place, $500; 2nd place, $250, and 3rd place, $125.  Winners will receive the prize money at Awards Night.

In what format should I submit my entry?

  • We have eliminated the DVD submission option.  All entries will be submitted online via DropBox or file upload system software.  As the entry deadline approaches, more details will be provided for uploading your films.

Which forms should accompany my entry?

  • You must include the forms listed below.  These forms are now available online for submission:

Entry Submission Form
Video Contest Release Form
Talent/Model/Music Composition/Performance Video Contest Release Form

What are the rules on showing drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence depicted in my film?

  • Under no circumstances can actual drugs, alcohol, and illegal substances be used
  • Under no circumstances can an actor be shown smoking any kind of substance
  • Student can use props/placebos as drugs/alcohol
  • No product names or brands can be shown in the film
  • No simulation of sex or sexual violence can be shown

Can I use copyrighted materials for my music?

  • No.  All music must be royalty free.  Sources for such music include sites such as ttp://www.freestockmusic.com/ Search royalty free music and other such sites.

What if I don’t have a film department at my school?

  • There are special awards for those students who are not part of a dedicated film program in their schools.  Simply indicate “No Film Department” on the submission form under Faculty/Mentor.
  • We are happy to connect students with mentors at other schools as well as Trinity University resources.  Please contact Linda Canizales for more info.

Can I show  firearms in my video?

  • No.

Where can I get ideas for my film?

  • Newspaper and magazine articles are always great sources for ideas.  Books, TV shows and movies may also spark ideas to consider.
  • Talk about ideas with friends and families
  • Work through a storyboard to make sure your ideas are well-thought out and in line with theme requirements

What is the deadline for submission?

  • 4:00 PM, January 24, 2020

Can I see some of the previous winners’ works?

  • Yes, go to the Past Winners page on the website and click to view all winning videos.