Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
2016 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival opens for entries March 1
The New Hampshire Filmand Television Office has announced that it will be accepting submissions for the 2016 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival from March 1 through March 31.
Films must be produced exclusively by students in grades 9-12 who are currently attending a New Hampshire public or private high school, or who are residents of New Hampshire and enrolled in high school elsewhere. New Hampshire homeschooled students ages 14-18 are also eligible.
To be considered, a film cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits. They do not have to have been created as part of a school project.
Students may upload films for consideration via online services FilmFreeway or Vimeo; they may also transfer them to a USB drive and mail them to the FTVO with a postmark deadline of March 31 or deliver them to the office at 19 Pillsbury St. in Concord by 4 p.m. that date. There is no entry fee.
A panel of New Hampshire film industry professionals will judge each film’s originality, cinematic storytelling and technical execution. The films with the highest scores will be screened at the annual New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival, which takes place at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 21, 2016, beginning at noon.
Films winning awards at the Festival will also be screened on New Hampshire Day and Night at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth in October and at Concord’s Film Festival in November.
Created in 2007, the New HampshireHigh School Short Film has become one of the marquee film festivals in the state, fostering interest in filmmaking and rewarding future members of the industry for their craft.
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 nhstudentfilm.com.
The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and local property owners. The office is responsible for location assistance, public relations and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call 603-271-2220 or visit nh.gov/film.