Welcome to this year's CHISD Film Festival! This festival is an opportunity for you to showcase your cinematic prowess.  This is a festival and not a competition.  What does that mean? It means that your film will be showcased in front of an audience for film appreciation.


  • Drama - Narrative films under 3-5 minutes.
  • Comedy - Comedic films under 3-5 minutes.
  • Documentary - Documentary films under 3-5 minutes.
  • Music Video - Music Video under 3-5 minutes (Must use original, free or licensed music)
  • PSA - Public Service Announcements must be 3-5 minutes.

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(Rules & Regulations)

  • Eligibility is limited to CHISD students enrolled in the 7th through 12th grades for the full academic year.
  • Films must be 5 minutes or shorter. Films created anytime during 2014-2015 academic year are eligible.
  • ALL Festival submissions MUST be submitted to CHISD Film Festival by URL link to an online version of your film on an external site (i.e. YouTube HD, Vimeo, etc.) Please be aware that you must submit a working link and any necessary passwords to view the link AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION that will be active and working through March 2015.
  • Registration opens Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and ends Friday, May 1, 2015.
  • The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 11, 2015.


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There are probably kids on your school who are really talented musicians. Don't be afraid to ask them to create original music for your film. Collaboration is a huge part of being a successful filmmaker.

If you get stuck finding music, visit the sites below to find free music for your film.



Here are several videos to help w/ lighting ideas for reference.


Sound is an important part of your film. Don't ignore this! Do you best to capture sound appropriately.


To help give your film more of a cinematographic look, do your best to use a tripod to stabilize the camera.  Also useful is a camera rig.  Below is a DIY if you are so inclined to make one.


In case you need some images for your film, check out the following sites:


There's a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all want to shoot a scene that can be cut together to achieve great continuity with a good variety of shots.


When filming you should do everything possible to use an authentic location. This means if your scene takes place in a deli you should try to shoot in an actual deli. Unless your film is about school and/or you have no other options you should try your best not to film in a school.


  1. Don't be afraid to approach a local business and ask to film at their location.
  2. Be professional, ask to speak with owner or manager, be prepared to answer their questions and always be flexible to their requests as they are doing you a favor. (Explaining you are a student from a local school and that you are happy to give their business a credit at the end of the film should improve your chances)
  3. Important things to keep in mind: ask what time they are least busy, be ready with size of crew, how much film time at location is needed and a simple location release form (references here http://www.videouniversity.com/articles/releases-for-use-in-film-and-video/).
  4. Always keep safety in mind no matter where your location will be.