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FCPL teen film contest

Submission Guidelines

Show off your film making skills this Teen Read Week. Create a short film that showcases your creativity. Films may be of any genre. Here's how to get involved:

Step 1: Make an awesome film!

Step 2: Upload your film to YouTube

Step 3: Email the link to your YouTube video submission to with the subject line "Teen Film Festival-YourName"

Step 4: Attach your signed submission form to your submission email OR drop your submission form off at your local library branch

Open to teens age 13-18. Winners will be announced at a special screening during Teen Read Week.

Submissions accepted August 5-September 27, 2019

Screening & awards ceremony October 18, 2019

Rules & Guidelines:

  • Students who will be age 13-18 as of October 2019 are eligible.
  • The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • Producers, directors, writers and editors of films must be age 13-18. Group projects and individual work will be accepted for consideration. Adults are permitted to act in films but the final film must be a product of teen effort.
  • Films may have no more than one director. If a film created by a group wins a prize, the prize will be given to the film’s director.
  • Films must be no longer than six minutes, total running time, including credits.
  • All films must be G or PG-rated in language and subject matter. All films will be prescreened. Films that do not meet, in Fairfax County Public Library’s determination, the requirements of a G or PG rating, or are otherwise inappropriate for general audiences will be disqualified.
  • Please include a title page and end credits in your film.
  • Use of copyrighted screenplays, music, sound effects, clips and other material is not permitted unless the material is in the public domain or written permission to utilize the material has been obtained from the copyright holder. This includes the use of trademarked products or characters.
  • Filmmakers may use their own original screenplays, music, sound effects, clips and other material or use copyright-free, public domain, trade-friendly or creative commons material.
  • Each filmmaker may submit no more than two (2) films.
  • Please do not include bloopers or gag reels.
  • All filmmakers will also need to submit a submission form, fully signed by the applicant and the applicant’s parent or guardian. Films submitted without fully signed submission forms will be disqualified. Submission forms may be emailed to or dropped off at a library branch.
  • All entries must be submitted by 5 PM on September 27, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Films will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by library staff who will, in their sole judgment and as they see fit, choose the winners and runners up.

2018 Winner: Jason Chang, "Family Found"

2018 Second Runner Up: Sarah Cutler, "Books: A Transport to New Places"

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