Friday, February 27, 2015

New Hampshire student filmmakers--Call For Entries: NH High School Short Film Festival & MONIFF Cave Light Scholarship Contest


REMINDER--The submission period for the 2015 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is open!

Now in its eighth year, the Festival has become one of the marquee film festivals in the state, shining a spotlight on local filmmaking and rewarding future members of the industry for their craft.

CHANGE IN DEADLINE! Due to snow days and school closures this winter, the deadline has been pushed back to April 7, 2015.

Students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 at any of the state’s public or private high schools, as well as New Hampshire homeschooled students ages 14–18, may participate. Submissions do not have to have been created as part of a school project but cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits. They must have been produced after May 24, 2014, the date of last year’s Festival.

Each year, the Festival receives dozens of entries from student filmmakers across the state. A panel of judges made up of New Hampshire film industry professionals reviews all submissions and selects those that will be screened. Originality, cinematic storytelling and technical execution are key scoring categories. Top films will be shown at the Festival, which takes place at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 23, 2015, beginning at noon.

Festival awards include Jury Award Winner for Best Film, Jury Award Runner-up, Jury Award Finalists and Public Service Announcement Award. Award-winning films will be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth and the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord.

In addition to providing students with a public venue for showing their work, the Festival is also a great way for students to build their resumes and make their college applications stand out.

Rules and guidelines, film submission forms and other information about the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival can be found online at


[From the Monadnock International Film Festival:]


CALL FOR ENTRIES: Cave Light Scholarship
This award is given to the best short film produced by a High School Student in the State of New Hampshire, and is made possible by Filmmaker and Writer Toni Nagy. To enter the competition, contact:

Only High School in the State of New Hampshire students may submit their work
This Scholarship is to be awarded to a Director, Writer, Producer, or to the Film itself
Film must be under 5:01 minutes in length
Film must have been produced in the past four years
Any theme or topic is acceptable
All submissions are DUE BY APRIL 1st

Work will be judged based primarily on quality of story, but overall production, use of lighting and audio, editing techniques, composition of shot, directing skills, and performances will be factored in. In addition to the $1000 cash prize, the film will be screened in the Local Look Shorts Program at MONIFF, be viewable on the festival website, and be shared on festival social media pages.

How to Submit: Email in a secure private youtube or vimeo link to, subject line "CLS SUBMISSION: film title"