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Submission Deadline:

  • Friday, May 5th 2023 by 11:59 pm unless alternate arrangements were made and communicated with/to Council District 12 and the MMTM leadership team. All films must be submitted by May 12th at 5:00 pm at the latest to be considered.

Special Note: Submissions may be uploaded starting Monday, April 17th 2023.

Special Note: The “Making Movies that Matter” 4th Annual Council District 12 Short Film Festival Artist-in-Residence Program is not responsible for the streaming quality of the submitted file.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Form

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Film submissions may be no longer than 3 minutes in length.
  • Films must be shot on a mobile device (iPhone or iPad) and may be edited using any software (or the uploader must select *Advanced* category).
  • Films must be submitted as Quicktime files (i.e. .mov files)
  • A one sentence synopsis/logline of the film must be included.
  • Films must be created between January – May 2023 to be considered.
  • Filmmakers must be K-16 students or from a pre-approved community organization

Submission Categories:

  • Documentary
  • Fictional Short
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Animated Short


The file must be labeled as: [FILM TITLE]_[SCHOOL NAME].mov

All submissions must be submitted online and labeled in the following manner:

  • Identify the age group of the filmmaker(s):
    • Elementary
    • Middle School
    • High School
    • 18+
  • Include the contact information for the school and/or each member of the team, including, but not limited to: physical address, phone number and email address.
  • Include the name of the Artist-in-Residence who advised or supervised the project, when applicable.

Festival Awards:

Awards will be made in the following categories by age group:

  • Outstanding Documentary
  • Outstanding Fictional Short
  • Outstanding Public Service Announcement
  • Outstanding Animated Short

Films that are world premiering at the Festival are eligible for the Festival’s multiple competitive categories. Winners will be chosen by a special jury.

General Requirements:

Shorts exhibited previously, either theatrically, at another local festival or via television or Internet broadcast are not eligible to apply. Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed. However, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible.