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Salem Film Fest 2018

Five-Minute Student Documentary Contest

Paul Van Ness awards Victoria Robbins the first place award as co-director for the film STAINED GLASS. Photo by Mary Shea Photography


Entering its 11th year, the Five-Minute Student Documentary Contest is an innovative and fun celebration of young Massachusetts High School student filmmakers. The doc genre is wide and varied and is open to all kinds of creative approaches.

The Top Ten films will be screened on Saturday, March 24 at 10am, at CinemaSalem, and cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 will be awarded to the top three films. The competition is limited to works that are less than five minutes in duration, and which have been produced in 2017 and 2018.

The Five-Minute Student Doc Contest is sponsored by CinemaSalem and Salem Film Fest.

-entries must be produced by high school students, either individuals or groups
-competition is limited to new work, produced during the years 2017 or 2018
-entries must be five minutes or shorter in duration
-all forms of documentary are welcome
-entries may be submitted as Quicktime digital files (SD or HD) on a flash drive or data disk
-entries must be accompanied by an entry form including these six things:
1) name of filmmaker(s) 2) contact information, including email and telephone number
3) name of high school or arts organization 4) title of film 5) length 6) a short synopsis
-no unauthorized use of copyrighted images or music is allowed
-submission deadline is February 1, 2018. There is no entry fee!
-your submission grants us permission to post your entry (with attribution) to the web
-entries will be judged by a panel of filmmakers and production professionals
-entries must be mailed or hand-delivered to CinemaSalem, 2 East India Square, Salem, MA 01970

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