2023 Student Film Festival Theme: CROSSROADS

There are moments in our lives that define us. Decisions that have a lasting effect on who we are now and who we’ll be in the future. Paths whose endings may seem obvious at first, but take us to places we could never have imagined. Sometimes we’re aware of our choices’ impacts before we make them, but more often we only come to understand their true meaning once we’re miles down the trail. When we arrive at a crossroads, it’s the direction we choose that makes us who we are.

For the 2023 EDTV Student Film Festival, we want you to consider the Crossroads. Tell us a story of choice: the challenges behind making a decision, the discoveries revealed by it, and the outcomes that stem from it. Big or small, real or imagined, abstract or to the point – we welcome any idea you’d like to share, so long as the theme of Crossroads stands at its center. Pick from our 4 formats – Narrative, Journalism, Photography, and new for this year, Music Video – to bring your story to life, however you see fit. The choice is yours…

Join us for the 2023 EDTV Student Film Festival – we can’t wait to see your submission! From all of us at EDTV, good luck and happy filmmaking!


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The Student Film Festival Awards Ceremony will be at PNHS on April 12, 2023

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



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.


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.


Captivate your audience by showing your creative side with this year’s newest category: music video. Please choose royalty-free music ONLY, found HERE. Reach out to our staff at edtv@plymouth.k12.ma.us for login information.


Your image can be a standard photograph taken using a camera of your choice, or a digital composition using image editing software, so long as the composition is made up of original, non-copyrighted content. Please do not add text to your image in post.






Video Length

Your submission’s total runtime must NOT exceed the specified time limit for the category you are submitting (see categories & time limits above).

Know your audience

Your video will be viewed and judged by members of the Plymouth community and staff from the Plymouth Public Schools.

Stick to the Theme

Your version of community could be anything – personal, abstract, even fictional. Show us what community means to you!

share your story

Be original! We want to highlight YOUR individual ideas and perspective on what makes your community special!

Cite your sources

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





Music Video


How long should my video submission be?

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

Narrative: 2-4 Minutes
Journalism: 2-4 Minutes
Music Video: 2-4 Minutes

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

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

Yes, we do! The 2023 Student Film Festival will allow royalty free music ONLY. Please e-mail edtv@plymouth.k12.ma.us for login information to access our Music Database. Discover and sort through vast libraries of royalty free music.

Can I use a copyrighted song for the music video category?

All video entries must adhere to copyright rules. Original music written by the student or peer may be used with proper credit. This includes cover songs as well. If you plan to use audio from an original performance, please do not use the master track behind your video in an effort to avoid copyright infringement.

If you are looking for royalty-free music, please reach out to edtv@plymouth.k12.ma.us for login information to access the vast library through Universal Production Music.

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?

There is no paperwork required to participate in this year’s Student Film Festival. Just be sure to take a few minutes filling out the Submission Form when you are ready to submit your entry!

How do I submit my finished video/photo entry?

Click the following link to fill out the accompanying Google Form and submit your video or photo entry. Submissions will be accepted until March 3rd, 2023.

Will I be notified that my video/photo has been submitted?

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

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

No. You should make sure that your video or photo entry is complete and to your satisfaction before submitting it. Remember, you have until March 3rd, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

What are the prizes?

Specific prizes will be revealed as we get closer to the Film Festival on April 12th, 2023. Some prizes may include gift cards, 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.

Can I submit more than one photo or video?

You may submit one unique entry per category. If you submit a video, you can also submit one photo, or a different video in a different category.

When and where will the ceremony take place?

The ceremony will take place on April 12th, 2023 in the Performing Arts Center at Plymouth North High School. Check back soon for more information about the event!

Will all of the videos that were submitted be played during the ceremony on April 12th?

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 2023 celebrations, and highlighted by EDTV.

Can I use copyrighted content in my video?

Copyrighted music or materials of any kind is NOT allowed in your submissions. 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.

Can I add text to my photo submission?

Please avoid adding text to your photo submission in post (after the photo was taken). This does not include taking photos of something that has text. For example: street signs, text messages, etc.

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.

My video fits into multiple categories. Can I submit it to all of them?

Please limit your submissions to whichever category you think fits best. However, you may submit different videos to different categories.



Entries for the Plymouth EDTV Student Film Festival (the “Contest”) can be submitted no later than March 6, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


Entrants must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entrants must only be middle or high school level students who attend the Plymouth Public Schools. 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. Additionally, there is a photo category. Visit www.PlymouthEDTV.com/FilmFestival and follow the instructions to complete the entry form to submit your film or photo.


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



We will only accept the video file formats listed below:

  • .MP4
  • .MOV

We will only accept the photo file formats listed below:

  • .JPG
  • .PNG
  • .PDF

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 2023 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 12th, 2023. The ceremony will be held at Plymouth North High School.


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. All entries should be school appropriate. 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.


Your video/photo submission will be judged based on the following rubrics. Various members of the Plymouth community will be judging your entries, so keep these guidelines in mind when putting together your submissions.

Video Scoring Rubric


Photo Scoring Rubric



EDTV Student Film Festival Sponsorship Packages - 2023

If you or someone you may know is interested in sponsoring this year’s Student Film Festival, please reach out to Emily Goonan at egoonan@plymouth.k12.ma.us or the EDTV team at edtv@plymouth.k12.ma.us. See the following chart for our sponsorship tier offerings.

Sponsorship Programs