Virtually all Hollywood blockbusters follow the same structure: character development, conflict, resolution. Students will mimic this structure by creating a 4-minute Blockbuster which includes these elements to tell an engaging story. Videos should be
original with creative storylines and strive to keep the viewer engaged for the full length of the video.
Animation 2D or 3D
This category seeks to promote the technical field of 2D or 3D animation programs and honor our students' climb up the steep learning curve of such programs. Films in this category must use animation software such as Flash or Toon Boom for 2D animation,
and Maya, 3D Studio Max or Blender for 3D animation. Animation generators such as GoAnimate cannot be used. Though technical prowess holds scoring merit, judging weight will side with the story as well. Cool effects will not overshadow a good story.
Research and produce a documentary on an issue, topic, or person of importance to your community. The documentary should strive to add value to the general discussion by bringing in new information, identifying unrecognized problems, providing or suggesting
new solutions, or offering a unique perspective. If the documentary is a biography, whether your subject is living or deceased, he or she should have a strong connection to the Central Valley, and the film should utilize student interviews with the
subject, his or her friends and family, or those who have expert knowledge of him or her. If the individual is deceased, photos and/or video footage of that person along with testimonials and interviews from the subject's friends and family should
be the backbone of the film. This is NOT a typical class biography report translated into a film; it must emphasize topics and people of LOCAL importance.
Create an advertisement for a local business or public service. Ads should be the product of a collaboration between the students and business owner. Ads should be sensitive to the purpose and targeted to a specific demographic. Be sure to include information
as applicable to the business (i.e., location, hours, etc.) Ads should engage the viewer and promote the local business positively.
General Public Service Announcement
A public service announcement airs to benefit the general public, to improve the society we live in and frame the best hope for our lives today and our children's lives tomorrow. Produce a film drawing attention to an important LOCAL issue. The film should
address the general public and clearly answer two very important questions: 1) Why should I care about this issue? and 2) What action would you have me do to support this issue?
Music Video - Cover
In this category, entrants will create a music video for an existing song. Any song used for this category must have non-offensive lyrics and an appropriate message for youth. The video will reflect the song's sensory, emotional and cognitive meaning.
If the song selected is longer than 3 minutes, it must be cut to fit the time limit. Songs entered in this category will not be broadcast or shown beyond the film festival due to copyright restrictions.
(submissions must be 3 minutes or less)
Music Video - Original
In this category, entrants will submit a music video based upon an original, student-created song. The video will reflect the song's sensory, emotional, and cognitive meaning. If the video inserts copyrighted images or copyrighted footage, be mindful
of and obey copyright laws by obtaining written permission. Any unauthorized use of music or images will disqualify the film.
Produce a news segment that brings attention to important information in your community. The segment should emulate one that would be seen on a televised news program. Submissions may cover information on an important local, national, or international
issue. Videos should include interviews on both sides of the issue (if applicable), as well as background video footage. School-wide news broadcasts are acceptable for this category.
Scoring Guide for News Broadcast
must be 3 minutes or less)
Nutrition and Physical Activity Public Service Announcement
Students should create a 90-second PSA intended for web delivery, public service television spots and lectures at local, state and national events. Create a PSA addressing the importance of nutrition education, access to healthy foods/beverages and/or
physical activity opportunities in your community. Ads should identify solutions for a healthy community. Films in this category should serve to education audiences about the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices. Scoring Guide for Nutrition and Physical Activity Public Service Announcement
must not exceed 90 seconds)
Download the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency logo
* Please note that this category is open to both middle school and high school students. All students will participate in one competition, regardless of age.
Opioids, Fentanyl & Marijuana Prevention Public Service Announcement
Students should create a 90-second PSA designed to bring awareness to the harm and danger associated with drug use among youth. Videos may address one or all of the following: prescription drugs, opioid/fentanyl misuse; and/or marijuana use (including
(submissions must not exceed 90 seconds)
* Please note that this competition is open to both middle school and high school students. All students will participate in one competition, regardless of age.
Social-Mania: Social Media's Negative Impact on Mental Health Short Film
Produce a powerful short film that educates the viewer on how the algorithms built into social-media platforms create addiction and equips and challenges the viewer to make intentional decisions to guard against social-media addiction and its negative
impact on mental health.
Scoring Guide for Social-Mania: Social Media's Negative Impact on Mental Health Short Film
(submissions must be 4 minutes or less)
In this category, entrants will submit a video highlighting one or multiple athletic teams from their school or community. This video may include footage of practices, games or tournaments. If relatable, the film may be designed as a television news highlight,
including a student anchor. No professional news anchor may stand in for this video. Submissions must portray the featured athletes, teams and schools in a positive manner. Be mindful and obey all copyright rules if video incorporates music selections.
(submissions must be 3 minutes or less)
Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement
This category is different than normal PSAs, requiring a heightened level of sensitivity and handling. There is specific content that must be avoided for the safety and respect of the audience (see the scoring guide for details). PSAs should communicate
a hopeful message about suicide prevention that is focused on what the viewer can do to prevent suicide.