The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Friday, January 1, 2016

YouthFilm 2016: Now Accepting Submissions


Presented by the Northampton Arts Council 
Postmark/Hand/Digital Delivery Deadline: January 30th, 2016


The Northampton Arts Council is accepting entries for YouthFilm 2016, part of the annual International film festival KidsBestFest, presented from February 15-19, 2016 at the Academy of Music Theatre. YouthFilm 2016 will take place on Friday February 19, 2016 at 1:30PM.

To be considered for the event, please submit your film in digital file format only (mpeg, mov or avi format), along with this completed entry form. Please submit one still image file from your film: 300 dpi, jpeg files only, and no larger than 5 MB file size. These images may be used for promotional purposes.

Entries can be mailed or dropped at Northampton Arts Council 240 Main Street, Room 1 Northampton, MA 01060. Applications, image and video files can be shared on google drive with bfoote@northamptonma.gov.

For more information, please contact the Northampton Arts Council by: Calling (413) 587-1069.

YouthFilm 2016 Guidelines
All Entries Must:
1. Be the work of a student 18 and under currently attending an elementary school, middle school, or high school (public or private)....home-schooled is ok too!
2. Be digital files in .mpeg, .mov or .avi format. Please note that submitted materials will not be returned.
3. Include a completed entry form for each film submitted.
4. Include one still image file from your film: 300 dpi, jpeg files only, and no larger than 5 MB file size. These images may be used for promotional purposes.
5. Be no more than 10 minutes in length, including titles/credits, for full consideration.
6. Be in good taste.
7. Be mailed or dropped to Northampton Arts Council, c/o YouthFilm, 240 Main Street, Room 1 Northampton, MA 01060. Entries may also be shared on google drive with bfoote@northamptonma.gov.
Entries Must Not:
1. Be professional grade work (projects for which the student has been paid or that were created while working for a production company).
2. Contain explicit content (i.e. violence, swearing, sex, nudity, etc.). 
Tips for Filmmakers:
1. Do not feel obligated to use the maximum time for your projects. Less is more and tight editing will improve any film or ad. There is no minimum time.
2. Sound is very important. Make sure yours is good for the best viewing experience.
3. When possible, try to use original or copyright-free music. Using copyrighted music can greatly reduce your opportunities for further distribution or broadcast. Using original music allows you to save time and money and help out the music career of an unknown talent.

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