Monday, November 11, 2013
The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Trident Technical College and the S.C. Film Commission announced that the 2014 Young Filmmakers Competition is now accepting entries. All high school students in grades 9-12 who are residents of South Carolina are eligible to enter the short-film competition, including public, private and home school students.
Designed to foster media arts skills and bring attention to the next generation of South Carolina media professionals, the third annual Young Filmmakers Competition is focused on the theme “Go Wild With Your Imagination.”
To participate, students must create a short film ranging from 30 seconds to two minutes in length, telling a cinematic story (any plot or genre) while featuring one of South Carolina’s 47 State Parks. With more than 80,000 acres of protected lands from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sand dunes of the Atlantic, South Carolina State Parks protect some of the most inviting natural, cultural and recreational destinations in the United States. As part of the competition, students are challenged to creatively use the natural beauty of the parks and to engage the audience in the storyline of their projects. More information about South Carolina State Parks and a complete list of locations can be accessed here: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/
To enter, Young Filmmakers upload their short films to the competition’s SchoolTube channel (http://www.schooltube.com/channel/scyoungfilmmakers/). Competition partner SchoolTube.com is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform, specifically designed for students and educators and is exclusively endorsed by more than 20 national education associations.
The deadline for entries for the Young Filmmakers Competition is Friday, March 21, 2014. Entries may be submitted by individuals or groups of students. Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges in combination with online public voting, which will take place from April 28-May 11, 2014. Entries will be judged on the basis of the creativity of the concept, overall production value, strength of story, and execution of the stated guidelines. Winners will be announced on May 26, 2014.
Competition winners will receive cash and prizes, including $500 for first place, $300 for second, and $200 for third. The Top Ten finalists will be screened at the Charleston International Film Festival, which takes place from April 9-14, 2014. Those 10 filmmakers will also be invited to participate in a Q&A with the audience following the screening. Winning selections may also be broadcast locally or statewide as Public Service Announcements.
Complete guidelines and entry forms can be found here: