Media Categories

EUSD students can submit work as an individual in Video, Photography, and Audio Storytelling. EUSD teachers can also submit class video projects (but the actual work should be primarily done by the students. See the Adult Support page in the left sidebar for more guidelines). This year, multiple class video entries may be submitted, if a teacher chooses. Either way, all entries in any category must be primarily student-produced work. Teachers and parents can support, instruct, model, or cajole, but they cannot do work for the students.  For more detail, see the Adult Support link in the left sidebar. You may enter any or all of the categories below, but you can only submit one individual entry per category (e.g. one video, one photograph, etc.).  There will be three awards in each category: Primary Students (grades K-2), Intermediate Students (grades 3-5), and Middle School Students (grades 6-8). There will be separate awards for Individual Video Projects and Class Video Projects.

Check out previous winners in the Previous Winners section (left sidebar). Get an idea for what kind of quality you'll need to produce.

Video (Class and Individual)

Important Note: Because of the complexity involved in creating a video production, both class projects and individual projects will be accepted. Teachers can submit multiple class video projects. Students can be involved with multiple class videos. A class video can be created by any number of students under the teacher's guidance. The work should still be done predominantly by students, not adults.

There can be only one individual video submission per person. There will be separate awards for class video projects and individual video projects. Students submitting an Individual Video Project may also participate in Class Video Projects.

Important: There can be only one lead person in an individual project. Others may help with the work as tech crew and/or actors, but it is the vision of the lead individual that guides the making of the video. The award will go to that person, should he or she be chosen. Support crew can join the winner on stage, if desired.

The finished video should be no more than 5 minutes in length. It must have been created during the 2016-2017 school year.

The subject matter is up to you, but it must be appropriate for display at school and other public areas. Rigorous adherence to copyright should be evident.

The submitted video should be compressed appropriately for display on the Internet. Guidelines on how to do that can be found on the EYMF File Preparation page (Sidebar on the left). You can see the judge's rubric here. The judges will be looking for the following characteristics:
  • Strong storytelling
  • Technical Proficiency
    • Light
    • Sound
    • Editing
  • Cinematography
  • Creativity
  • Engaging and Relevant Subject Matter



    
You may submit any photograph  that you have taken during the 2016-2017 school year. Only individuals may submit to this category, and each student may submit only one photo to the Festival. The subject matter is up to you, but it must be appropriate for display at school and other public areas. 

IMPORTANT!: The photo can be color or black and white. You may edit your photograph (color correction and tonal adjustments only) in a program like Photoshop, but it must remain realistic (no collages, mixed media, unrealistic filtering, etc.)

The photo must be submitted as a JPEG (if you use a film camera, you can submit a scanned version of that photo). While the submitted photo should be no more than 1000 pixels in its largest dimension, we suggest your original photo file should be at least 2000 pixels in the longest dimension, even though you will be submitting a version smaller than that. Save a high resolution copy. This is not a requirement, but is highly recommended in case the photo is ever printed. We hope to make posters from all nominated photos, so the higher resolution will pay off.
 
Photo Dimensions
The file that you submit to the EYMF should be down-sized to no more than 1000 pixels in the longest dimension (keep a higher version, too). Guidelines on how to do that can be found on the EYMF File Preparation page (Sidebar on the left).

You can see the judges' rubric here. The judges will be looking for the following characteristics:
  • Composition and Design
  • Creativity
  • Technical Proficiency
    • Exposure
    • Focus
  • Engaging and Relevant Subject Matter


Audio Storytelling


Only individuals may submit to this category, and each student may submit only one Audio Storytelling project to the Festival. A student may enlist others to help with the creation of the project (actors, sound effects, etc.). It must have been created during the  2016-2017 school year. The finished audio piece should be no more than 2 minutes in length. 

The piece can be: 
  • the telling of an original story. It may contain sound effects from an audio program such as GarageBand or from a legally obtained source that allows for performance (sound effects, music, etc.). The story can be factual, informational, or made up (fictional).
  • The file that you originally submit to the EYMF should be saved in a way where it can be posted on the Internet. Guidelines on how to do that can be found on the EYMF File Preparation page (Sidebar on the left).
Important: There can be only one lead person in an audio project. Others may help with the work as tech crew and/or actors, but it is the vision of the lead individual that guides the making of the project. The award will go to that person, should he or she be chosen. Support crew can join the winner on stage, if desired.

The subject matter is up to you, but it must be appropriate for school and other public settings. 

You can see the judges' rubric here. The judges will be looking for the following characteristics:
  • Inventive Use of Sound Elements
  • Technical Proficiency
    • Sound Levels
    • Lack of Distortion
    • Balance 
  • Creativity
  • Engaging Storytelling with Relevant Subject Matter

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