2022 Student Film Festival Theme

As the world around us continues to change, many of us have, at one time or another, experienced feelings of isolation and loneliness. As more and more aspects of our lives seemingly push us apart, it has become increasingly important to embrace what brings us together – the shared ideas, common goals, and relatable experiences that enhance our own perspectives, and provide us with an essential part of our everyday lives: Community.

Community is more than just your hometown or your neighborhood; it’s a part of your identity. It can be somewhere, someone, or something that makes you feel empowered, inspired, included.

Using your storytelling techniques in the format of your choice, tell us a story of community through your own creative lens. It can be personal, abstract, or altogether fictional, with the theme of community at its core. We welcome you to join the 2022 Student Film Festival, and look forward to seeing your submission.

From our EDTV community to yours, good luck and happy filmmaking!


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


Video Length

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

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.



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 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.


The 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.


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
60 Second Short: 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?

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

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/photo entry?

Submissions will be accepted from February 1st, 2022 until April 1st, 2022. Click the link here to fill out the accompanying Google Form and submit your video or photo entry: https://bit.ly/2022edtvfilmfestivalsubmission

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

You will automatically 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 April 1st at 11:59 PM.

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 a photo or a different video in a different category. Collages are permitted in the photo category as long as they are submitted as one final image.

What are the prizes?

Specific prizes will be revealed as we get closer to the Film Festival on April 29, 2022. Some prizes may 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 29, 2022 in the Performing Arts Center at Plymouth North High School. Check back soon for more information!

Will all of the videos that were submitted be played during the ceremony on April 29th?

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 2022 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 60-Second Short. 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.

Is there a mobile app for the Film Festival?

We have a mobile app for the Film Festival at this link: https://2022edtvfilmfestival.glideapp.io/ – Be sure to download it to your mobile device’s homepage for your convenience!

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 April 1st, 2022 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. Additionally, new this year are photo submissions. Visit www.PlymouthEDTV.com/FilmFestival and follow the instructions to complete the entry form to submit your entry.


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 2022 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 29th, 2022. 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. 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