Official Handbook

Reel Voices: Lewisville ISD Student Film Festival 2017-18 Official Handbook

Vision

Using their unique voice, students will express their passion, interests, and knowledge through the creation of a video.

Objective

Lewisville ISD is proud to announce the Annual District-wide Student Film Festival. The festival is an opportunity to provide students in Lewisville ISD an authentic audience for the synthesis of their learning through the medium of short films. This student-centered event promotes engagement inside and outside the classroom.  It gives participants the chance to showcase their student created films on the District website, and, if an award winner, to be honored at the Red Carpet Awards Event.

Red Carpet Event will take place on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Entries

All entries should be submitted online by completing the following steps:

  1. Upload your finished video to YouTube or any video-hosting website (Vimeo, SchoolTube, Google Drive, etc.), your personal website, or an online file hosting service. You MUST make your video PUBLIC in order to submit it for judging. You will provide the link to the uploaded video when completing the entry form submission.
  1. Fill out the online entry form and click Submit.

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Entry Level Divisions

You will be judged with entrants in the same entry level. Filmmakers can create student-produced films with as many friends as you like, but only a total of five (5) LISD students can be officially recognized and included in the entry submission. There are four (4) entry level divisions, and while the primary judging of the festival is for student-produced films, each age category can also be entered as a class-produced project.

The entry level divisions are:

Pre K – 2nd

3rd – 5th

6th – 8th

9th – 12th/Career Centers

Categories

Each entry must fit into one of the following four categories:

Accepted for 2017-2018 School Year and Beyond

 Elementary

  • Public Service Announcement: (30 sec – 2 mins) Any message that is of interest to a specific audience with the purpose of raising awareness or changing attitudes and behavior towards a social issue.
  • Documentary/Cultural: (1 min – 7 mins) A nonfictional film intended to document some aspect of reality for the purpose of maintaining a historical record.  Documentary films focus on real life and often include footage of events as they happened and interviews.  Documentary films could feature a real-life person, event, your community or culture, even yourself.
  •  Instructional: (1 min – 5 mins) An educational or “how-to” film intended to inform or teach the viewer about a specific topic. This could be in the form of a commercial, demonstration, a technical support video, etc.
  •  Story:  (1 min – 7 min) Any film that tells a fictional story with the purpose of entertaining viewers. Story category films could include film types such as drama, action, science fiction, mystery, or adventure.
  • NEW!  Animation/Stop Motion: (1 min – 7 min) Any animated film that tells a fictional story with the purpose of entertaining viewers. Animated category films could include film types such as comedy, drama, action, science fiction, mystery, or adventure.

Any film exceeding the time limit will be disqualified.

Secondary

  • Public Service Announcement: (30 sec – 2 mins) Any message that is of interest to a specific audience with the purpose of raising awareness or changing attitudes and behavior towards a social issues
  • Documentary/Cultural: (1 min – 10 mins) A nonfictional film intended to document some aspect of reality for the purpose of maintaining a historical record.  Documentary films focus on real life and often include footage of events as they happened and interviews.  Documentary films could feature a real-life person, event, your community or culture, even yourself.
  • Instructional: (1 min – 5 mins) An educational or “how-to” film intended to inform or teach the viewer about a specific topic. This could be in the form of a commercial, demonstration, a technical support video, etc.
  • Story:  (1 min – 10 min) Any film that tells a fictional story with the purpose of entertaining viewers. Story category films could include film types such as drama, action, science fiction, mystery, or adventure.
  • NEW! Animation/Stop Motion: (1 min – 10 min) Any animated film that tells a fictional story with the purpose of entertaining viewers. Animated category films could include film types such as comedy, drama, action, science fiction, mystery, or adventure.
  • NEW! Persuasion (1 min – 5 mins) – This category includes advertisements, persuasive documentaries and position films. If a student is attempting to change the mind the mind of the audience, the film should be placed in the Persuasion category.

Any film exceeding the time limit will be disqualified.

Rules

  • Film must be created by currently enrolled students of Lewisville ISD.
  • There is no limit to the number of students in any group entering a film, but only a total of five (5) students can be officially recognized and included in the entry submission. Films may also be entered as a class project.
  • Films must be uploaded to YouTube, Google Drive, or any video-hosting website (Vimeo, SchoolTube, etc), your personal website, or an online file hosting service, and be available to the public online through June 8, 2018.
  • You may enter more than one film; however, each film should be submitted only once.
  • Films should meet time limits listed for the specific film category.
  • Content of videos submitted must adhere to the Lewisville ISD dress and safety codes and the Student Code of Conduct guidelines.
  • Lewisville ISD or the Film Fest Committee may disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate within its sole discretion.
  • Entries must be submitted no later than midnight on Monday, April 2, 2018.
  • The LISD Film Festival Committee reserves the right to declare no winner for a specific category/entry level if there are no suitable entries.
  • By submitting a film, the contestant(s) grant(s) Lewisville ISD the right to publish the film in part or in whole in any medium, and states that they have full permission and consent from all individuals who appear in the film.
  • Videos that violate Fair Use guidelines for copyright will be disqualified.

Use of Third Party Resources

The spirit of the competition is for the students to create an original work, and overuse of stock video may undermine the originality of the film.  Overuse of stock video and photos will lead to disqualification.

YouTube Pertinent Information

If using YouTube video clips in the student film, I must:

  • Be over age 13 with parent consent or age 18.
  • Then I must follow the fair use guidelines
    • 10% or 30 seconds of a song, whichever is less
    • 10% or 3 minutes of a movie, whichever is less
  • And also use only the YouTube video editor to create my film.

If posting a video to YouTube:

  • I am over 13 with parent consent or age 18 I may post
  • I am under the age of 13, I must use my parent’s account.

For more information visit https://www.youtube.com/t/terms

Judging Criteria:

The judges’ panel is comprised of education and video industry professionals. The privacy of student information is respected and is COPPA compliant.

Judges watch all films submitted in one age group and/or category, then evaluate them based on the LISD Film Festival rubrics.

FAQ

Why a student film festival in Lewisville?

Reel Voices was created to provide a forum for student expression that puts their lives front and center through student-created short videos. This student-driven learning opportunity also allows the community a window into students’ young lives.

How old do I have to be to enter?

Entries are accepted from LISD students currently enrolled in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Divisions are as follows: Pre-K to grade 2; grades 3 to 5; grades 6 to 8; and grades 9-12/Career Centers.

How do I get started?

Read through the entry category descriptions and rubrics then plan your film from there. You may also submit a video that you have created for a class project as long as it aligns with an entry category.You can make the film by yourself or with friends. Plan your creation using a script or storyboard. Read all the information in this handbook and visit the LISD Reel Voices website for more information and helpful links.

What is the difference between a student-produced and class-produced film?

For a “student-produced” film, students do all the writing, directing, camera work and editing.  This could be a creation from a classroom learning experience or independently created outside the classroom.

In a “class produced” film, the teacher will oversee the project with the whole class taking different roles in the process.

Can my teacher or parents help me on a student-produced film?

Student-produced films need to be your work. You are welcome to get feedback from your family or teacher as part of your creative process. Entries which have been guided and directed by the parent are obvious and will be judged accordingly.  You may ask an adult to act in your film, however.

How can I improve the quality of my video?

Here are three technical areas which can help dramatically improve the quality of any entry:

  • Use a tripod when possible.
  • Make sure you have good lighting – as much light as possible is better.  Make sure the light is behind the camera, not in front of it.
  • Get the best audio you can – use headphones if your camera has a headphone jack, get close to the sound source so that it can be heard clearly, and if possible, use an external microphone.

How long does my film have to be?

See specific categories for time limits.

How will the films be judged?

The judges’ panel is comprised of education and video industry professionals. The privacy of student information is respected and is COPPA compliant.

Judges watch all films submitted in one age group and/or category, then evaluate them based on the LISD film festival rubrics.

How do I enter?

The entire entry process is online by completing the following steps.

  1. Upload your final film to YouTube, Google Drive, or any video-hosting website (Vimeo, SchoolTube, etc),your personal website, or an online file hosting service.  Be sure to make it available publicly online through June 2018.  If using Google Drive share setting should be “Anyone who has the link can access.”  No Sign-in should be required. These settings must be saved in an internet browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.), not in the Google Drive App.
  2.  Fill out the online entry form and make sure you follow the instructions carefully.

DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted by Monday, April 2, 2018.

When will you let me know if I won?

Finalists will be announced early May 2018.  They will be notified by email and/or phone and announced on the website.  Finalists are invited to attend the Red Carpet Awards Event on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.  Winners will be announced during the Red Carpet Awards Event.

More questions? Contact filmfest@lisd.net

Important Dates

Entry Deadline April 2, 2018

  • All entries must be submitted by midnight April 2, 2018.
  • Fill out the online entry form.

Finalists Announced

  • Finalists will be announced early May 2018.
  • All entrants will be notified by school email if they have been named finalists. A complete list of all finalists will also be available online at the Film Festival website.

Awards Ceremonies May 24, 2018

  • Everyone is invited to attend The Red Carpet Awards Ceremonies, which will take place on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at MCL Grand at 1000 North Charles Street in Old Town Lewisville.
  • A Schedule of events will be made available online a week prior to the event.
  • Winners will be announced during the Red Carpet Awards Event.