Mass Reality Check – College Doc Shorts Program

The Mass Reality Check is a college doc shorts showcase for college and university students and recent graduates working in short documentary and experimental documentary film. Each student whose film is selected to screen at Salem Film Fest 2020 will receive a festival pass.  An industry jury will award software packages provided by Boris FX and rental credits from Talamas to the top three films, with the first place winner being awarded “Mass Reality Check Best Short” and given the opportunity to meet individually after the festival with programming staff from Salem Film Fest and representatives from  Documentary Educational Resources and, to get advice about filmmaking as a career and insights into funding and distribution, as well as other professional considerations.

Eligibility Rules

1.  Submitting your film is free, but to participate you must be:

Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a Massachusetts college or university, OR a recent graduate who attended a Massachusetts college or university during the 2018-2019 school year.


A Massachusetts resident either currently enrolled in an out of state college or university OR a recent graduate in the 2018-2019 calendar year.

2.  You must submit a documentary short or experimental documentary short film.

3.  Submitted film must be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 25 minutes.

4.  You may only enter one film.

5.  Any stock footage or music that might appear in your film must be properly licensed.

6.  Your film must have been completed after January 1, 2019.

7.  All applicants must fill out an official Mass Reality Check Entry Form. Download Here: MRCEntryForm2020.

8.  When submitting your film, please provide an online screening link.

9.  Films must be submitted no later than Monday, February 24, 2020 to be considered.

10.  To submit your film, contact


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