Five Minute Film Fest Open to Berks Student Filmmakers

Following the success of their annual fall film festival, ReadingFilmFEST announced it will be hosting a Five Minute FilmFEST for student filmmakers in Berks County. Competing against other students in the region for trophies, prizes and well-deserved recognition, the film festival encourages talented high school student filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts to explore the world of filmmaking.

Registration is open, free for students Here. By signing up, students will receive email reminders about upcoming deadlines, workshops and events pertaining to the Five Minute FilmFEST challenge. Students can submit their film here:

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Submission must be an original short film/video project no more than 5 minutes in length. 3-5 minute total run time video. Title slate, opening credits and closing credits count as part of the total run time. Film/video project can be part of a school assignment. Educators/teachers can mentor/guide students through film development process. Students may submit on their own or educators may submit on behalf of students.

According to Reading Film Fest, all genres will be accepted, including original narrative/fiction, documentary/non-fiction and music videos. All videos must utilize original or copyright cleared music and images. All submissions will be judged by independent jurors. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the best films based on our judges scoring.

Students must reside in Berks County, Pennsylvania and be currently enrolled in high school. 2019 high school graduates are eligible to submit.

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Categories include

Documentary: Documentary film has become the field where, as the New York Times put it, “all the cool kids are.” The boundaries of documentary film are expanding more than ever, find your subject matter and document it.

Action Sports: Share your action packed, adrenaline-fueled sports adventures. No sport is off limits, as – long – as it has action you can submit it! Skiing, Skateboarding, Cheerleading, Ski diving, Cliff Jumping, Paintball!

Commercial: This category is for advertisement or promotional pieces. Commercial can include school related activities or commercial products.

News Story: This category is for broadcast journalism. Feature Story: Produce an in-depth story about a compelling, newsworthy topic that highlights creativity and makes an emotional connection with the audience. Sports Feature: Develop profile pieces or real-time reporting about athletes in action, are they making a difference on the field, off the field, or both?

Comedy: Comedy is entertaining and often makes us laugh, but it also can tell a story that moves us to want more. Comedy can be full of surprises that we don’t expect, it can make us smile, it can make us cringe. We encourage all types of comedic genres.

Animation: Films that use computer graphics, can be computer animation, Flash, Stop-Motion

Short Narrative: Think beginning, middle, end, conflict, rising action, climax and resolution. Bring on the characters and conflicts. Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Danger? Fights? Evil forces? We accept all genres, from sci-fi, thriller and horror.

Music Video: Find a song and share its story. Original music or songs in which you have permission to use will be accepted. ALL copyrighted music MUST have explicit permission. Credits must recognize the musician or band.

Special Influencer Categories: This new festival addition is designed specifically for the next generation of digital storytellers and online influencers.

  • Public Service Announcements: Films that raise awareness, change public attitudes, and or effect behavior towards a social issue.
  • Adventure/Travel: Gone anywhere interesting lately? Experienced your own epic adventure? Or maybe you were just in your backyard and had a moment to remember… Share your passion, your inspiration, your exploration. Share your life experiences.
  • Vlog Life: Sit down in front of a camera and share your life, thoughts, opinions, and interests in this booming blog-extending and digital diary video format. Feel free to include embedded video, text, images, etc. BUT make sure that you have the rights to all content that appears in your submission.
  • Tutorial/Educational: Films that teach or demonstrate. Are you an emerging expert, share your knowledge on any topic / trend with a “how to” video tutorial.

First Place Overall Winner receives $175 cash, Crystal Award, Swag bag, and ReadingFilmFEST Filmmaker-Tshirt. First Place Overall Influencer Winner receives $175 cash, Crystal Award, Swag bag, and ReadingFilmFEST Filmmaker-Tshirt. Second Place Overall Winner receive $75 cash and Award Certificate, Swag bag. Second Place Overall Influencer Award $75 cash and Award Certificate, Swag bag. All participating students and teachers will receive StudentFest / All Access Pass to 2020 ReadingFilmFEST.


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