Below are the submission guidelines for the Youth Silent Film Festival.
Submission format: playable DVD, along with a signed Submission Form.
All filmmakers must be twenty years old or younger as of April 13th, 2012.
For each submission, a filmmaker must choose one of the 6 pre recorded musical themes upon which to base the film. Themes are:
Once you have chosen a musical theme from this website upload the theme music and include this with your submitted film. If selected as a finalist, your film will be screened with live musical accompaniment matching your chosen musical theme.
Films that do not have a musical theme from the approved list dubbed to their film will be disqualified.
Films may be submitted in black and white, or color.
Films may be live action or animation.
Films must use at least three title cards-an intro card (with the film title, filmmaker(s) name(s), and age), at least one in the middle, and one at the end of the film.
Film running time should equal the soundtrack run time, approximately 3 minutes.
Films must be family-friendly/appropriate for viewers of all ages.
Jurors will select winning entries based on scoring films on four categories: Story, Cinematography, Editing and Acting (see the jury scoring guidelines for further discussion on jury guidance).
All decisions of the jury members are final.
Filmmakers must use only original footage and no copyrighted material.
IYSFF is produced by Jon "JP" Palanuk in collaboration with Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.
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