Full Guidelines

Productions must be completed after January 2016. A separate entry application and entry fee must be submitted for each entry. Discounts will be given for those submitting more than 1 film for consideration.

To be considered, films must adhere to these rules:

  1. Film directors must be 21 or younger at the time of filming and adhere to the following categories:
    1. Junior – elementary or younger.
    2. Middle – 8th grade or younger, less than 15 years of age at the time of filming.
    3. Senior – 21 or younger and attending high school or 1st year college.
  2. Film must be completed after January 2016.
  3. Film may be no longer than 8 minutes. Films longer than 8 minutes will be disqualified.
  4. Films should contain a strong viewpoint on what you value. Films should focus on positive messages that interest and inspire youth. 
  5. All work is expected to be done by the youth. It should be written, directed, produced, and technically executed entirely by the students within the defined category. Editing assistance can be done by an adult with strict youth direction. Filmmakers may have older or younger actors in their films.
  6. All films must be in English. No subtitles allowed.
  7. All films must have appropriate, family-friendly content approximating a ‘G’ or ‘PG’ rating. Films containing profanity, nudity, drug use, drinking, or gratuitous depictions of violent acts will be disqualified.
  8. Films must be in the following format:
    1. HD Videos : H.264 - 1080p 29.97
    2. SD Videos : Windows Media - NTSC Widescreen or Quicktime – NTSC Widescreen
    3. Films chosen for viewing will be required to mail a CD version of their video for viewing the night of the event.
  9. All films must be submitted under one of the following categories: live action narrative, documentary, or animation. Please do not submit sponsored works (those produced to promote a specific company or product).
    1. Narrative Film: tells a fictional story, event, or narrative. Uses narrative as its primary motivation, involves characters, conflict, and some degree resolution. May be wholly imaginary or based on true occurrences.
    2. Documentary Film: non-fiction filmmaking that documents reality and tells a truthful story in a straightforward way. Usually has a strong point-of-view with real people depicting events or providing interviews on specific message they want to portray to their audience.
    3. Animated Film: filmmaking that depicts a story through animation – individual drawings, painting, or illustrations photographed frame by frame. Usually each one differs giving the illusion of movement.
  10. Filmmakers may not promote individual films prior or during the event. No individual posters, banners, or audience swaying will be allowed.
  11. All music and copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed.
    1. By entering the festival you are declaring that all material in your production is either entirely original, or you have obtained proper, legal permission to use copyrighted material. You must be granted permission from the artist to use original music.
    2. Material available on the Internet is not considered to be in the public domain.
    3. THE USE OF ANY MATERIAL WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER IS ILLEGAL.
    4. While the work remains the property of the creating artist, the Fayette Youth Film Festival reserves the right to use any submitted footage or stills to promote the festival at any time. Filmmaker also permits the use of images or video of him or her taken at the festival.