Challenges and obstacles are universal – facing adversity is an experience shared by every one of us. How do we overcome adversity? Sometimes together, sometimes on our own, but always through PERSEVERANCE.

Over the past year, we have all encountered obstacles previously unimaginable in our everyday lives – physical, emotional, and mental challenges that we’ve had to accept, push through, and rise above. Each step we take to overcome these challenges is another way in which we persevere. No matter the obstacle, big or small, we rely on our perseverance to carve a path to our ultimate goal. 

Using one of this year’s selected formats, tell us your story as it relates to the 2021 Student Film Festival Theme: PERSEVERANCE.

Scan the QR Code to download the Film Festival App!


EDTV Film Festival Celebration

Thank you to all who joined us
on December 5th at the Film Festival Event!

Video Length

Your submission’s total runtime (TRT) must NOT exceed the specified time limit for the category you are submitting (See categories and time limits below)

Know your audience

Your video will be viewed and judged by Plymouth residents and members of the Plymouth Public Schools

Cite your sources

Any images or non-original video content must be cited at the end of your video

Stick to the Theme

Perseverance can be seen in all aspects of life. Tell us your story of perseverance!

share your story

Be original! We want to highlight YOUR individual ideas and perspective!

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the Film Festival submissions OR
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No matter what format you choose: comedy, drama, or animation – we welcome all forms of narrative. Develop your characters and conflicts in this 2-4 minute story. Remember, not all conflicts are physical.


Whether it’s a PSA, News Story, or Documentary, show us your storytelling skills through one of these outlets. Create a 2-4 minute story focused on a nonfiction theme, based in reality.


Captivate your audience by capturing their attention in this short format designed for a new generation of storytellers. All story forms are accepted, just keep it under 60 seconds.


How long should my video be?

The length of your video will depend on which category you are submitting your video.

Narrative: 2-4 Minutes
Journalism: 2-4 Minutes
Micromovie: 60 seconds or less

Videos that do not adhere to the guidelines may not be considered for prizes.

How many people can be part of my group?

While there are no restrictions with how many people can be part of your group, we advise you to keep numbers to a minimum as prizes will be awarded one per submission.

Can I work on this during the school day?

You may work on your video during the school day if the curriculum or your teacher allows. You need to get permission first and be respectful of your teacher’s decision.

Do I need to fill out any paperwork to participate?

No, you do not need to fill out paperwork to participate in this year’s film festival.

I want to use music in my video, do you have any resources I can use?

Yes, we do!  Visit this link to explore and download royalty free music for your video project: Music Database

How do I submit my finished video?

Submissions will begin being accepted on February 1, 2021 via Google Form. Check back soon for more details!

WIll I be notified that my video has been submitted?

You will automatically be notified that your video has been submitted via the email you used to complete the Google Form. Make sure that you use the right email and that it is spelled correctly.

Can I change or resubmit my video after I submitted it?

No. You should make sure that your video is complete and to your satisfaction before submitting it. Remember, you have until April 2nd.

What are the prizes?

Specific prizes will be revealed as we get closer to the Film Festival on April 30, 2021. Some prizes will include various filming equipment and accessories.

If more than one person is part of my winning group, will we all win individual prizes?

Unfortunately, not every member of the group will win an individual prize, but the prize can be shared amongst group members.

When and where will the ceremony take place?

The ceremony will take place on April 30, 2021. Depending on the state of restrictions, this event will take place in person or be streamed virtually.

Will all of the videos that were submitted be played during the ceremony on April 30th?

All submitted videos will be a part of the Film Festival celebration, but depending on the number of submissions, they may not all be viewed on the night of the ceremony. Entries will be included as part of the 2021 celebrations, and highlighted by EDTV.

Can I use copyrighted content in my video?

Copyrighted music of any kind is NOT allowed in your submissions. In addition, copyrighted images and/or videos are NOT allowed in submissions for the categories of Narrative and Micromovie. However, if your submission falls under the category of Journalism, you can potentially use some forms of copyrighted material (i.e. news reports, press photos, etc) so long as you cite the source of the material you use.

How do I cite my sources if I use Copyrighted Content in my Journalism category submission?

If your submission falls under the category of Journalism and you would like to include copyrighted content such as news story clips or press photos in your video, you can cite your copyrighted content sources by listing them in the “credits” section at the end of your video. Please list the full title or description of the clip/image, followed by the name of the source from which you acquired the material. Please refer to the Center for Media & Social Impact’s (CMSI) Documentary Filmmakers Best Practices in Fair Use when citing your sources.

A great example of how to cite your sources can be found here.

For more information and helpful tips on when and how to cite sources, follow this link.



Entries for the Plymouth EDTV Student Film Festival (the “Contest”) can be submitted no later than April 2nd 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.


Entrants must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.


Create a film according to the theme and specified length listed in one (1) of the three categories. Visit and follow the instructions to complete the entry form to submit your Film. Entry forms will be made available soon!


When uploading your submission, you must use the following file naming conventions:



We will only accept the file formats listed below:

  • .MP4
  • .MOV

Do not submit films in 4K. Please submit your film in 1080 HD resolution. Films that are accepted into the festival will be screened in 16:9 aspect ratio.


Winners will be announced in April of 2021 at the awards show. Winners will be chosen by the Plymouth Public Schools staff, Plymouth Community Members, and the Plymouth EDTV Staff on the merits of each entry. All winners will be notified at the Awards Ceremony scheduled to take place on April 30, 2021. The Ceremony location is TBD depending on the rules and regulations surrounding gatherings. The Ceremony may take place virtually.


An Entry must be the original work of the Entrant, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.


By submitting an Entry, you hereby grant to Plymouth EDTV a royalty-free, fully paid up, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, combine with other works, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, edit and display such Entry (in whole or part) including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed.