National Opportunities

2017-2018 

Short Film Contest Rules

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THEME: Making a Difference

 

Topics

Participants may choose to create their film on any one of the following three topic options.

  1. Making a Difference: Communication
    A film that features how communication makes an impact.
  2. Making a Difference: NCFCA
    A film that features how NCFCA is making a difference through the fulfillment of their mission statement.
  3. Making a Difference: Equipping the Next Generation
    A film that encourages community judges to play a significant role in equipping the next generation by participating at NCFCA events.

 Format: 3-minute short film


Logistical Rules

  • All crew and team members must be either 2017-2018 NCFCA Affiliate students or students eligible for affiliation. To affiliate for the upcoming season, sign in to your family’s NCFCA Account and complete the Affiliation process. All participants must meet the eligibility requirements of NCFCA (generally age, homeschool status, agreement with Nicene Creed) whether or not they are affiliated.
  • Actors and participants in the video may be any willing persons of any age.
  • Total runtime must be three (3) minutes or less (including credits) per entry.
  • All entries become the property of NCFCA.
  • NCFCA shall have full rights to use, display, or show in whole or in part any submitted film. Students are responsible for securing necessary licensing rights to any copyrighted material incorporated into the film, and for making proof of those rights available to NCFCA upon demand. To avoid the difficulty of securing such rights, NCFCA recommends using only original or non-copyrighted material such as material licensed under Creative Commons or similar licenses.
  • To ensure that the winning film will project well onto a large screen at the National Championship, all submitted films should have a resolution of at least 480×640. The higher the resolution of the film, the better it will look on a large screen.
  • Students may use any tools to create their films, as long as they comply with the submission rules.

Content Rules

  • All entries must be the original work of the entrant(s).
  • While all submissions should adhere to the assigned theme, creativity in both style and topic is encouraged. The judging panel should be able to clearly understand the connection between the assigned theme and the submitted film.
  • Students must properly credit sources for any outside material (e.g. music) incorporated into the film.
  • Short film submissions may be of any style or genre (e.g. action, adventure, comedy, drama, animation, or documentary).

Contestant Age Division*

  1. Junior (9-11 Years Old)
  2. Senior (12-18 Years Old)
  3. Alumni, Coach and Parent (19+ Years Old)
  4. *Age by September 1, 2017

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • The entry fee is $25.00 per film, per director for NCFCA Affiliates. The entry fee is $50.00 per film, per director for those directors not affiliated with NCFCA.
  • Entry deadline for all submissions: February 1, 2018, 11:59 PM Central Time. No submissions will be accepted for any reason after the deadline. Because of the large file size associated with films and the time required to upload large video files to video-sharing websites, NCFCA recommends submitting films as early as possible before the deadline.
  • All films must be uploaded to a video-sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo. Students may choose to make their films private or unlisted, as long as NCFCA officials may view the film through the link provided by the student on the Short Film Submission Form.
  • Students may enter multiple films, but each film must be accompanied by its own entry form and entry fee.

For films with a single director:

  • In order to participate in the Short Film contest, go to the NCFCA Store from your Dashboard and select either the Affiliate or Non-affiliate Short Film entry.
  • After you pay for your entry, you will receive a receipt via email. You will need your invoice (receipt) number to submit your Short Film.
  • Submit your Short Film via the Short Film submission form.  This form is also available under Affiliate Benefits from your Dashboard.
  • Please contact the NCFCA Office with any questions regarding your submission at Office@NCFCA.org.

For films with multiple directors:

  • Each director must register for the Short Film Contest.  In order to participate in the Short Film contest, go to the NCFCA Store from your Dashboard and select either the Affiliate or Non-affiliate Short Film entry.
  • After you pay for your entry, you will receive a receipt via email. You will need your invoice (receipt) number to submit your Short Film.
  • Once each director has registered for the Short Film Contest, only one of the directors should fill out the Short Film Submission Form.  This form is also available under Affiliate Benefits from your Dashboard. Each director’s invoice (receipt) number should be included in the appropriate fields next to their names.
  • Please contact the NCFCA Office with any questions regarding your submission at Office@NCFCA.org

 


JUDGING

  • All submissions will be evaluated in a three-step judging process with a panel of judges appointed by the Executive Director of NCFCA.
  • Finalists will be notified by email and then announced via the NCFCA website on April 16, 2018.

PRIZES

First Place:

  • Public screening at the 2018 National Championship
  • Trophy to be presented to the director(s) at the 2018 National Championship
  • Recognition and publication of the film, the film’s synopsis, and the film’s cast and crew list on the NCFCA website
  • Recognition at Regional Championship

Second Place:

  • Trophy to be presented to the director(s) at the 2018 NCFCA National Championship.
  • Recognition and publication of the film, the film’s synopsis, and the film’s cast and crew list on the NCFCA website.
  • Recognition at Regional Championship

Third Place:

  • Trophy to be presented to the director(s) at the 2018 NCFCA National Championship.
  • Recognition and publication of the film, the film’s synopsis, and the film’s cast and crew list on the NCFCA website.
  • Recognition at Regional Championship.


Evaluation Rubric

Content

  • Uses theme significantly
  • Demonstrates style, originality, and creativity
  • Moves, entertains, instructs and/or provokes the audience to thought
  • Uses time effectively

Presentation

  • Creates mood, reinforces the emotional and intellectual complexities of the script
  • Balances the development of each point and incorporates fluid transitions
  • Portrays distinct, well-defined character(s) with consistency, as motivated by the script
  • Demonstrates effective collaboration between the director(s) and the entire film team

Overall Effective Communication

  • Presents a fresh, thoughtful or entertaining presentation
  • Effectively creates scenes in the mind of the audience
  • Holds audience’s attention, establishing emotional and mental rapport
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