2-9 categories

Call for Entries opens October 15, 2018


Character movement created utilizing computer animation software in order to tell a story.

Create a sense of movement by bringing to life, inanimate objects, drawings, or clay to tell a story

Animation Scoring Guide

Maximum length:  3 minutes

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Advertisement for a student-created product or a real event in your school or community (Inspires the audience to buy the product or attend the event)

Commercial Scoring Guide

Maximum length: 2 minutes

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A nonfictional film that presents factual information about real people, places, and/or events in a narrative format. Must include an interview with an “expert” (someone knowledgeable on the film’s subject matter).

Documentary Scoring Guide

Maximum length: 5 minutes

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narrative (comedy/drama)

Fictional comedy or drama that tells a story. It must be a series of events with cause and effect relationship, (Narrative can be original work or adapted from public domain material)

Narrative Scoring Guide

Maximum length:  5 minutes

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A fictional or factual film in newscast format, featuring one topic   (Interviews and footage of subject matter are encouraged)

Factual Newscast Scoring Guide  

Fictional Newscast Scoring Guide

Maximum length:  3 minutes

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public service announcement (psa)

Public Service Announcement, in an original presentation, must have factual information that supports, educates, or inspires solutions to community or student concerns

PSA Scoring Guide

Maximum length: 2 minutes

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reel spirit of s.t.e.a.m (science, technology, engineering, art & math)

A nonfictional film that provides and explanation of science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics in an artistic, entertaining and knowledgeable way. The video must be one or more of the following categories: Narrative(Drama/Comedy), Animation, News Feature or Music Video

STEAM Scoring Guide

 ​Maximum length: 3 minutes

 See Copyright Statement Below

copyright statement

The following must be source referenced in credits at the end of the production:
* All music, sound effects, pictures and reference footage, whether original and/or non-original
* Original third party music, sound effects, pictures and reference footage may be used if permission by the owner/author is documented in writing and sent in with entry form
* Music, sound effects, pictures, and video clips purchased or available through filming or editing software is acceptable and must be referenced in the credits

Penalties due to Copyright Infringement:
* Other resources/websites for music, sound effects, pictures and reference footage that indicate “copyright-free” may not be completely and legally free for public or commercial use; the use of other so-called copyright-free websites will result in a three point penalty
* Winning productions failing to comply with copyright requirements will result in the film not being shown at the Reel Spirit showcase, website or other public screenings