Process for Submission and Festival:
Competition Bands & Film Length
The Film Festival is divided into three competition age ranges with corresponding limits on film length:
Media Release (click here)
for individuals appearing on-camera and in the festival.
Evaluation Criteria (MBCUE Student Powered Film Festival Scoring Rubric)
Online Submission (Online Submission Form)
Teacher Involvement/Support of Student Work
How much teacher participation should be involved in a submission to the CSMF? Remembering that the festival is a celebration of work done in the classroom, the question is reframed as “How much teacher participation should there be in student learning?” The answer is “just enough.” Good teachers decide how much students need to be guided to learning. Technology tools are no different.
Because this is a festival celebrating classroom work, and is not a contest, fair use applies in the area of copyright. There are restrictions that must be adhered to (e.g., freeplaymusic.com), but fair use is the general guideline. Of course, individual schools and districts may have their own guidelines. When winners are posted online, a new element is added and whether or not that impacts the material used in creating classroom work is an ongoing discussion and may change. For more information visit this link.
Live Festival Event: In-person
One of the highlights of the Festival is when all winners come together to view excerpts of each other’s work, make acceptance speeches, and share the great work in a great setting. It is open to the public and free. It is hard to overstate the importance of students being recognized for their work and knowing they will have a chance to accept the awards in front of their peers. Students will briefly introduce themselves and the name of the film. Winners for each age range will be given the chance to give an acceptance speech. Although teachers generally attend with students, it is most often the students who make the acceptance remarks. Some speeches are deeply thought out and written, and delivered by individuals and/or small groups.