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Important Things to Know:

  • There will be nominations in each category, with the winner being announced the night of the Festival. Nominees will be announced after submissions have closed.
  • There are 4 categories you can enter
    • Photography (Individual project)
    • Audio Storytelling (Individual project; 2 minutes maximum)
    • Video (Individual project; 5 minutes maximum)
    • Video (Class project; teachers submit the project; they can submit more than one of these if they choose; 5 minutes maximum)
  • Trophies will be awarded in each category, one for grades K-2 [Primary], one for grades 3-5 [Intermediate], and one for grades 6-8 [Middle School].
  • You can enter one project per category (not counting Class Video Projects).
  • If there are 3 or fewer entries in a category, those entries will be moved to the closest category
  • Submissions this year are all done digitally using FilmFreeway. from an EUSD Google account. This requires that a Teacher or Supervisor submitting the project for the student(s) should upload the digital file (video, photo, or audio) directly in the submission form.  Be sure the file has been created using the EYMF File Preparation Guidelines (left sidebar).
  • Submission WindowApril 5 - May 4. All submissions will be done digitally and done for the student by either a Parent/Guardian or Teacher.
  • Don't forget to collect an EUSD [or other] Media Release Form (left sidebar) for each person who is visually identifiable in your project ; if nominated EYMF organizers may need to see them.


OK, those are a few things you need to know. If you're still interested, below you'll find 8 steps to get you through the process. Sounds like a lot, but it's very easy. Be sure to read through them carefully (get help from a teacher, parent, or other adult, if necessary).

The Whole Process in 8 Easy Steps 

  1. Chose a Media Category—Decide on a category that sounds like fun and come up with an idea. Visit the Media Categories link (in the left sidebar) to see what's involved with each category and get an idea what the judges are looking for. The rubric they will use to score your project is there if you want to look at it.
  2. Create!—This is what it's all about. Gather your actors, grab your camera, or plug in your microphone and begin creating. But be sure to plan it all out carefully before getting too far along. Planning is a big part of the creative process. The best projects are usually the ones that have been thought out most carefully. It helps to get ideas from experts and people who've done what you want to do. Visit some of the resources on the Helpful Resources page (in the left sidebar) to help make you a better photographer, or cinematographer, or podcaster, or... It's OK to have friends or classmates about your age help you, but this is your project; you will submit it and, maybe, you will be the one to walk away with a prize.
  3. Keep it legal!—If everything in your project was created by you, you're legal. If you use somebody else's work in your project (music or pictures, for example), you must have their written permission. Visit the Copyright Information link (in the left sidebar) to get an idea of what's OK and what's not. No projects can be accepted that use non-original media without permission. 
  4. Get Releases—If there are people in your project whose faces are identifiable, you must collect and be prepared to turn in an EUSD Release Form for each minor and each adult. If you have two actors, that would be two releases. If the whole class is in the video, that could mean 30 or more releases. Do this early so you know you can use the performance that you film/shoot/record. Use the EUSD Media Release for Students or Adults as necessary (left sidebar under Downloads).
  5. Refine your work—Your first effort is always a rough draft. Polish it and polish again until you think it's just about perfect. Take it from merely good to outstanding. It's OK to get some ideas or suggestions from parents, relatives, or teachers, but make sure the work is yours and yours alone (it's OK to work with friends or classmates as actors or helpers).
  6. Prepare your file for submission—When everything is just so, use the EYMF File Preparation link (in the left sidebar) to find out how to prepare your file (video, photograph, picture, story, etc.) for submission and delivery. 
  7. Submissions this year are all done digitally from an EUSD Google account. This requires that the Teacher or Parent/Guardian submitting the project for the student(s) should upload the digital file (video, photo, or audio) directly in the submission form. Watch how easy that is here. Be sure the file has been created using the EYMF File Preparation Guidelines (left sidebar).
  8. Submit an entry—Have your Teacher or Supervisor fill out the online enry form at FilmFreeway application (in the left sidebar). Read instructions carefully. Submissions are due by May 4, 2018.