The Open category is for films that don’t fall under the other submission categories of...
Films in the Documentary category examine real events, people or topics and aim to inform or educate viewers. Run time: 5 minutes or less.
Public Service Announcement
Films in the PSA category showcase public service announcements that convince your audience to take action. Run time: 90 seconds or less.
Films in the Thriller category can range from stories with excitement and suspense to the downright scary. Run time: 5 minutes or less.
Films in the Narrative category tell a story with cohesive, connected events, like a comedy or drama. Run time: 5 minutes or less.
Films in the Open category don’t fit in any other category. This can include music videos, animation, experimental films, or others. Run time: 5 minutes or less.
Storytelling & Filmmaking
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When is the festival?
The festival runs through the 2023-2024 school year.
Submissions are due April 30, 2024 by 11:59 PM. A Red Carpet Showcase event will take place in June 2024.
Who can participate?
High School students, grades 9-12, located in NY, VT and QC are eligible to enter.
How do I submit my film?
The film festival uses a platform called Launchpad. Students and teachers can register, view filmmaking tutorials, and submit films at: https://beyondthepeaks.skills21.org/
What is required to submit my film?
All submissions must include:
Film trailer, poster, synopsis, cast and crew lists, and a final film at or under required run-time.
Pre-production materials vary by film entry category. These may include:
Script, storyboard, and/or interview questions.