2024 Film Festival Winners

  • Congratulations to the 2024 BISD Film Festival Winners! View this year’s winning student films at the links below.  

    Elementary Animation and Stop Motion

    • Winner: The Noise - by Kennadi Gilbreath from Academy of the Arts at Bransom
    • Runner-up: Camp Out - by Catelyn Avitia and Kira Cotham from Academy of the Arts at Bransom

    Elementary Narrative

    Elementary Viewer’s Choice 

    • Winner: Creature - by Dante Almendarez from Brock Elementary

    Secondary Animation and Stop Motion

    Secondary Narrative

    • Winner: Fearless (A MTB Tale) - by Hudson Brackeen from Centennial High School
    • Runner-up: Writer’s Block - by Gabriel Shawky, Logan Shipp, Maddox Marino, and Braeden Love from Burleson High School

    Secondary Viewer’s Choice

    • Winner: A Stroll in the Woods - by Isa Molina, Sarah Ramirez, Evie Conway, and Cage Cass from Centennial High School

     

     

2024 Film Festival Finalists

  • Congratulations to these BISD Film Festival finalists! View all student films at this link

    Elementary Animation and Stop Motion

    • A Nice Bat - by Waylon Gair, Lily Littlepage, and Andrea James (Academy of the Arts at Bransom)

    • Camp Out - by Catelyn Avitia and Kira Cotham (Academy of the Arts at Bransom)

    • Finding The Cat - by Reagan Shaw (Academy of the Arts at Bransom)

    • Spooky Night - by Charlie Utley and Ryan Speegle (Academy of the Arts at Bransom)
    • The Noise - by Kennadi Gilbreath (Academy of the Arts at Bransom)

    Elementary Narrative

    • Creature - by Dante Almendarez (Brock Elementary)

    • THE BIG BRAVE - by Madilyn Gibson, Libby Ruff, and Chloe Varley (Academy at Nola Dunn)

    •  When Dreams Come True - by Joie Collins (Clinkscale Elementary)

    Elementary Viewer’s Choice

    • A Nice Bat - by Waylon Gair, Lily Littlepage, and Andrea James (Academy of the Arts at Bransom)

    • Capybara Cops!!! - by Leo Savala (Academy of the Arts at Bransom)

    • Creature - by Dante Almendarez (Brock Elementary)

    Secondary Animation and Stop Motion

    • A Flashlight's Journey - by Maren Cass and Paul Reading (Game Development Design School)

    • The Haunted Pumpkin Patch - by Quinn Earley (Game Development Design School)

    • The Idea of Bravery - by Luke Loveland (Burleson High School)

    Secondary Narrative

    • Burrito - by Domonic Eleby and Isaiah Williams (Burleson High School)

    • Dan Micheal Fights back! - by Chad Swaringen, Conner Lowe, Tyler Juste, and Hayleigh Borden (Centennial High School)

    • Fearless (A MTB Tale) - by Hudson Brackeen (Centennial High School)

    • The Presence - by Jeffrey Neill, Tyler Jordan, and Henry Hawkins (Burleson High School)

    • Writer Block - by Gabriel Shawky, Logan Shipp, Maddox Marino, and Braeden Love (Burleson High School)

    Secondary Viewer’s Choice

    • A Stroll in the Woods - by Isa Molina, Sarah Ramirez, Evie Conway, and Cage Cass (Centennial High School)

    • Fearless (A MTB Tale) - by Hudson Brackeen (Centennial High School)

    • The Presence - by Jeffrey Neill, Tyler Jordan, and Henry Hawkins (Burleson High School)

     

BISD Film Festival

  • 2024 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, Chromebook, iPad, 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: Bravery

    Required elements: 

    • Prop: Flashlight

    • Camera angles/shots: Low angle

    • Line of dialogue: "We/I did it!"

    • 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 November 28, 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 January 18, 2024, 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 2023-2024 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 elementary narrative short films must be between two (2) minutes to three (3) minutes in length. 

    All secondary narrative short films must be between three (3) minutes to five (5) 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 November 28, 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. 

     

    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 November 28, 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 January 18, 2024, 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 

    October 10, 2023:  BISD Film Festival Contest begins

    November 28, 2023:  Deadline for Burleson ISD Film Festival entries

    December 1-5, 2023:  Viewer's choice voting

    December 13, 2023:  Film Festival Finalists announced

    January 18, 2024:  Screening of finalists and 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