The 2017 SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival will be held on Oct. 23 in Hollywood, California in conjunction with the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017).
The SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival highlights the creative use of technology by young filmmakers, as it is employed in the art and craft of storytelling. The festival is open to full-time students currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, film school or high school/secondary school. This is an international festival, and entries from all parts of the world are encouraged. As the festival focuses on technology, students should ideally major in an area that emphasizes engineering, science, advanced technologies, or fundamental theories associated with motion imaging, sound, metadata, and workflows consistent with SMPTE’s and HPA’s fields of interest.
Films must adhere to time limit requirements, which include all main titles and ending credits. Students may submit films for consideration in one of the following seven categories:
Creative Use of Technology in a Live Action Narrative Short (5 min or less)
Creative Use of Technology in an Animated Narrative Short (5 min or less)
Creative Use of Technology in an Experimental Short (3 min or less)
Creative Use of a Mobile Device or Tablet in Production of a Short, Narrative or Documentary (5 min or less)
Creative Use of Analog Technologies in a Live Action Narrative Short (3 min or less)
Creative Use of Virtual Reality to Produce Interactive Content (3 min or less)
Documentary Short with Technology as the Subject Matter (5 min or less)
An additional category, Audience Award, will be voted on and awarded the night of the Festival.
Students are allowed to submit their film for one category only. If the film qualifies for multiple categories, we request that they select the one that is most appropriate. All submissions must meet the time limit requirement in order to qualify. Any submissions that exceed the maximum run-time will be immediately disqualified.
In addition to the submitted film, all narrative film entries, except the VR category, must be accompanied with either 1) a behind the scenes video demonstration of how the technology was used and enhanced the production of the film (not to exceed 2 minutes) or 2) a short written description of the technology usage and enhancement, in 300 words or less.
To be eligible to submit a film, students must have completed four courses toward their major course of study and be in good academic standing. They must present supporting documentation and identification in order to qualify.
There is no fee to enter, and SMPTE membership is not a prerequisite for submission of a film. However, students may join as student members of SMPTE for just $10 — or for free if this is their first year of membership — when they apply via the Student Membership Challenge (SMC). Travel to the festival is not sponsored by SMPTE or HPA.
We’d appreciate your support in communicating this to your students and encouraging their participation.