THE 2016 YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROJECT IS NOW
CLOSED. 2017 CONTEST COMING IN THE FALL.
TOP TEN ENTRANTS TO SCREEN AT CHARLESTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, NOV. 2-6, 2016.
Make a short film (30-seconds to two-minutes). Shoot in a South Carolina State Park. Tell a great story. And you could be on your way to becoming the next great filmmaker!
The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Trident Technical College and the South Carolina Film Commission is holding a short film contest for high school students in South Carolina. It's simple- go to a South Carolina State Park and GO WILD! with your imagination! Be clever and creative! (See complete rules below.)
Deadline for entries is Friday, February 19, 2016. Winners will be announced by June 2016. The Top-Ten films will be screened (details TBD). Those Top-Ten young filmmakers will be invited to participate in a Q & A session with the audience following the screening of their films.
Check out our YouTube channel for more info, including winners from last year.
QUESTIONS? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO ENTER
1. Make an awesome short film, following the contest guidelines and shooting requirements below.
2. Upload your film to either YouTube or Vimeo. These are the two standard video sharing sites; if you don't have an account for one of them, it's easy to set one up. (Here's our Vimeo channel and YouTube channel.)
3. Tag your video with 'SC YOUNG FILMMAKERS' once you've uploaded it.
4. Complete the official registration form by clicking here: REGISTRATION FORM. You must complete the registration form by midnight EST on February 19, 2016. Be sure to include an accurate YouTube or Vimeo link to your entry in the form.
1. Each entrant must be a high school student (grades 9-12) currently living in South Carolina.
2. Each entrant may only enter once.
3. Films must be :30 seconds - 2:00 minutes in length.
4. Include the tag "SC Young Filmmakers" when uploading to YouTube or Vimeo.
1. All entries must have at least one 3-second shot of South Carolina State Park signage in their film. This can be anything with the S.C. State Park logo or a State Park name.
2. All entries must shoot at least one scene at a South Carolina State Park. There are 47 State Parks from which to choose. All participants in the Young Filmmakers Contest will be granted free entry into any State Park. Visit www.southcarolinaparks.com and click on "Park Finder" to see a listing of all parks and their locations.
Films will be judged on the following:
• Strength of script and story
• Quality and production value
• Editing and pace
Films will initially be judged by a panel of industry judges, with their combined scored determing the Top Ten finalists. The Top Ten finalists will then be posted on the contest's YouTube channel and open for public voting for a two-week period (APRIL 22, 2016 - MAY 6, 2016). Each 'like' will count as one vote; only those 'likes' collected on entries uploaded by YFP on its official YouTube channel will count. Those scores will be combined with the original judges' scores to determine the winners. NOTE: The YouTube channel votes count as a "fourth" judge. It does NOT determine the winning project.
2016 CONTEST TIMELINE
• FEBRUARY 19, 2016: Deadline for completion of films. Films must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo by midnight.
• MARCH 11 - APRIL 1, 2016: Judging of films.
• APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2016: Public voting by 'likes' on contest YouTube channel.
• MAY - JUNE 2016: Announcement of winners.
1st PLACE: $500 cash
2nd PLACE: $300 cash
3rd PLACE: $200 cash
Only one prize is allowed per filmmaker or team. The Top-Ten films will be screened at the Charleston International Film Festival (dates TBD) and each of the Top-Ten filmmakers will receive VIP passes to attend.
STAY INFORMED ABOUT THE CONTEST!
Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SCYoungFilmmakers
To provide young filmmakers an online place to compare notes, ask questions or discuss challenges with us as well as each other, we've created a Facebook page named: “South Carolina Young Filmmakers” with sample films, how-to videos and other resources. We'll also post reminders about contest guidelines and due dates.
The contest is open to high school students (grades 9-12) who reside in South Carolina. They may be students of public or private schools or home-schooled. Entries can be submitted by either individuals or groups.
PERMISSION FOR SCPRT USE
All entry materials will become the property of the SCPRT. The winners’ and finalists’ entries, names and likenesses may be used to promote the State Parks and future contests. These promotions may include television or radio public service announcements (PSAs), streaming video on a website or other dissemination via the Internet.