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2017 MCPSS Film Festival
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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It's time to start thinking about this year's film festival. All MCPSS teachers and students are eligible to submit entries. This is a great opportunity to show off your talents or the talents of your students!


The categories are:

  • Comedy
  • Commercial
  • Documentary
  • Drama or Other Fictional Story
  • How-To
  • Music
  • News

The deadline for submissions is March 10. The award ceremony will be held on Friday, April 28 at 6:00pm at the Murphy High School auditorium. This is a red carpet event, and a tremendous amount of fun!

Lights, Camera, ENGAGE! MCPSS 2017 Film Festival
The purpose of the film festival is to encourage student creation, communication, and collaboration by providing an engaging platform and community recognition.
March 10: Submission deadline (all entries must be received by 12:00 midnight).
April 17:  Videos will be available for viewing through the MCPSS website.  
April 28: Film festival awards ceremony at the Murphy High School auditorium. Event
will begin at 6:00 pm.   
Entries will be divided into the following groups: • K-5 • 6-8 • 9-12 • Teacher
Categories: • Comedy (not to exceed 7 minutes) o A humorous story intended to make the audience laugh. 

                   • Commercial (not to exceed 30 seconds or length of iMovie movie trailer)  o A video that    promotes a product, concept, or perspective (fictional or nonfictional).  o Commercials created using the iMovie movie trailer template will be accepted.

                  •  Documentary (submit first 7 minutes only) o An original program that provides insight into non-fictional events and people.

                  • Drama/Other (not to exceed 7 minutes) o Any fictional story portrayed in a creative way

                . • How-To-Video (not to exceed 7 minutes) o A video designed to help people learn about a given topic.

                 • Music Video (not to exceed 7 minutes) o Video pictures set to original or non-original music. If the music used in the video is not written by those making the video, permission must be granted in writing by the owner of the copyright. (It will be the responsibility of the teacher submitting the video to ensure that all copyright rules have been followed and that permission has been granted to their students for use.)

                • News Story (not to exceed 7 minutes) o Any original news story about a non-fictional phenomenon.  
Lights, Camera, ENGAGE! MCPSS 2017 Film Festival Awards:

• Judges will select one winner from each category for each group (K-5, 6-8, 9-12, & teacher). 

• From the winning entries one will be selected as “Best in Show” for each group.

• An additional “Teacher’s Choice” award will be given to one video selected by a group of teachers.  
Request: • This year we are requesting that participants submit their “blooper reels” along with their videos. The bloopers will be shown before the commencement of the awards ceremony on the night of April 28.  

1. Entries may not be submitted in multiple categories.

2. Entries must be created in the current school year.

3. Entries may be produced by an individual, group, class, or club.

4. Schools are limited to 5 entries per category.

5. Scripts, storyboards, and/or final products must be approved by the submitting teacher before an entry can be submitted.

  6. Videos must be saved and submitted in either .MP4 or .AVI format. 

7. Only teachers can upload entries for submission.

8. Submitting teachers will need to contact Joe Gaston at in order to receive instructions on submitting entries.

  9. All entries must include the following information:

a. Title

b. Name(s) of creator(s)

c. Category

d. School name

e. Grade level 

f. Name of submitting teacher

10. Presentations exceeding 7 minutes will be disqualified. Running time will be counted from first fade/visual/sound to last.

11. K-5 productions may be created with the help of a teacher.

12. All 6-8 and 9-12 entries must be exclusively student written and produced, and teacher approved. 

13. Copyright permission must be credited in writing for use of clip art, non-original music, and authoring programs. Copyrighted materials must also be credited at the end of each video. See below for important copyright information.

14.  Submissions deemed inappropriate for all ages may still be submitted but will not be shown at the awards ceremony.  
Lights, Camera, ENGAGE! MCPSS 2017 Film Festival Legal and Copyright information:

1. By submitting entries to this competition submitting teacher confirms that each work submitted is the original work of the student and/or have written permission from the owners of any copyrighted material used. It is the responsibility of each submitting school to provide proper permission documentation, if copyright is in question.

2. By submitting entries to this competition, submitting teacher grants the usage rights required by the Mobile County Public School System for promotional purposes for this contest and future contests or any other use the school system deems appropriate.

3. By submitting entries to this competition, submitting teacher has obtained written consent from the parent/guardian of the student to grant the usage rights required by Mobile County Public School System necessary to display and use personally identifiable or directory information limited to student’s name, grade, school, and teacher’s name for judging, displaying, and promoting of this contest and future contests or any other use the school system deems appropriate. 

4. Mobile County Public School System reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry, for any reason, without notice. 


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