BISD Film Festival

  • 2023 Burleson ISD Film Festival Contest Rules

    The Burleson ISD Film Festival is a filmmaking contest that showcases students’ creativity and production talents. Everyone has a story to tell, and filmmaking can provide an outlet and a fun way to share ideas and creativity. Students with access to an iPhone, Android, iPad, Windows tablet, or high-quality equipment have the tools to plan, shoot, and edit short films!

    Theme & Film Requirements

    The BISD Film Festival challenges BISD students in grades K-12 to produce either a narrative or animation/stop motion short film. Student filmmakers must incorporate this year’s theme and required elements into their short films. 

    Theme: Action

    Required elements: 

    • Prop: Something with a wheel

    • Camera angles/shots: Close up

    • Line of dialogue: “It is/It’s easier than it looks”

    • Opening title and closing credits (included in the overall length of the short film)

    Students must submit film credits and acknowledge that the film includes the required elements on the Submission Form when uploading for submission.

Film Submission Form

  • All films must be submitted through the Burleson ISD Film Festival Submission Form by March 21, 2023, at 11:59 pm CST.

    Burleson ISD Film Festival Submission Form

    All filmmakers must export an HD copy - 1080p - of the final short film for submission (can be saved to a device’s camera roll or computer). Short films may be submitted as a video file or URL link through the Burleson ISD Film Festival Submission Form. An email acknowledgment will be sent upon successful submission of the short film.

  • Awards Ceremony

    The BISD Film Festival Awards Ceremony will be held on April 13, 2023, at the Venue. Finalist videos  for the following categories will be showcased at the event:

    • Elementary Grand Prize Narrative
    • Elementary Grand Prize Animation & Stop Motion
    • Elementary Runner-Up Narrative
    • Elementary Runner-Up Animation & Stop Motion
    • Elementary Viewer’s Choice
    • Secondary Grand Prize Narrative
    • Secondary Grand Prize Animation & Stop Motion
    • Secondary Runner-Up Narrative
    • Secondary Runner-Up Animation & Stop Motion
    • Secondary Viewer’s Choice

    Rules & Eligibility Requirements

    Eligibility is limited to BISD students in grades K-12 enrolled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Students may use any available equipment to create short films, including a mobile device or Chromebook.  

    Student filmmakers must incorporate this year’s theme and required elements into their short films. Each short film also requires an opening title and closing credits, which are included in the overall length of the short film. Students must submit film credits and acknowledge that the film includes the required elements on the Submission Form when uploading for submission. 

    All narrative short films must be between two (2) minutes to three (3) minutes in length. All animation/stop motion short films must be between thirty (30) seconds to three (3) minutes in length. All short films must be created and submitted through the BISD Film Festival website by March 21, 2023, at 11:59 pm CST.

    Students may create their own music, pictures, videos, drawings, and digital graphics. Any use of copyrighted material without express written permission must be credited in the film. This includes but is not limited to music, pictures, video, and digital graphics. Any videos using copyrighted material without consent or not properly credited in the film will be disqualified. 

    Bonus points will be awarded for entries using original soundtracks. View the entire judging rubric here

    All content included in the short films must be school appropriate (no vulgar language, explicit sexual content, excessive violence, etc). The Film Festival committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any short film. 

    Adult involvement in the project must be limited to teacher or campus sponsors or as on-screen talent or support. Check with the campus for sponsor information or email filmfestival@bisdmail.net.   

    One submission per student or production team with a maximum of 4 youth filmmakers* on a team. Short films may have more than 4 actors, but only the 4 credited filmmakers* are eligible for the Film Festival awards. *Filmmakers include: students working behind the scenes in producing the short film, writer, storyboard artist, director, editor, sound designer, etc.

    All films must be submitted through the Burleson ISD Film Festival Submission Form by March 21, 2023, at 11:59 pm CST. All filmmakers must export an HD copy - 1080p - of the final short film for submission (can be saved to a device’s camera roll or computer). Short films may be submitted as a video file or URL link through the Burleson ISD Film Festival Submission Form. An email acknowledgment will be sent upon successful submission of the short film.

    Film Categories

    Elementary: Students currently enrolled in grades K-5 qualify for this age group. 

    Secondary: Students currently enrolled in grades 6-12 qualify for this age group. 

    Viewer’s Choice: All short films will be posted after the contest submission closes to be voted upon by members of the community and student peers through the Burleson ISD Film Festival website. 

    Awards

    Winners will be announced at the Burleson ISD Film Festival Awards Ceremony on April 13, 2023, at the Venue. Awards will be presented for the following categories:  

    Grand Prize in category (4)

    • Elementary Grand Prize Narrative
    • Elementary Grand Prize Animation/Stop Motion
    • Secondary Grand Prize Narrative
    • Secondary Grand Prize Animation/Stop Motion

    Runner-Up in category (4)

    • Elementary Runner-Up Narrative
    • Elementary Runner-Up Animation/Stop Motion
    • Secondary Runner-Up Narrative
    • Secondary Runner-Up Animation/Stop Motion

    Viewer’s Choice in each age level (2)

    • Elementary Viewer’s Choice
    • Secondary Viewer’s Choice

    Judging

    View the entire judging rubric here

    Important Dates 

    January 23, 2023: BISD Film Festival Contest begins

    March 21, 2023: Deadline for Burleson ISD Film Festival entries

    March 24-30, 2023: Viewer’s choice voting 

    March 31, 2023: Film Festival Finalists announced

    April 13, 2023: Winners announced at the BISD Film Festival Awards Ceremony

     

Filmmaking Resources

  • Filmmaking resources are available for the pre-production, production, and post-production phases. 

  • Pre-Production

  • Production

  • Post-Production