You have three weeks to write, shoot and edit a five-minute thriller or horror short film. Then you get to invite your friends, family and random strangers to the impressive Dartmouth Loew Auditorium to see your film premiere on the “BIG SCREEN.”
Amateur and pro filmmakers alike are invited to participate in this competition. Films entries will be judged in these three categories: 1) Middle School, 2) High School and 3) College & Adult.
Friday, September 1 st – Online Registration Opens
Monday, October 2 nd, 6 pm & 6:30 pm – Fun Workshops at CATV Studio
Monday, October 2 nd, 7 pm – Mandatory Kick-off Meeting at CATV Studio
Monday, October 23 rd, 4:45 pm – Films are due delivered to CATV Studio
Monday, October 23rd, 11:59 pm – Films are due by Dropbox to CATV email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday, October 29th, times to determine – Two Film Premieres & Award Ceremonies
Registration fee is $25 per team, payable by check, cash or credit card.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: He who registers early is a happy filmmaker. Number of entrants is limited, so it is recommended to register early (before the Kick-off Meeting).
To get your thriller juices flowing, enjoy two, free half-hour filmmaker workshops for beginner filmmakers, courtesy of the Dartmouth Film Club and the Hopkins Center of the Arts. Workshops will run back-to-back, 6 pm & 6:30 pm, on Monday, October 2nd right before the film competition kick-off meeting. Space is limited so call CATV (802.295.6688) to reserve your place. Workshop details to come.
Please attend the kick-off meeting at CATV’s studio, 85 N. Main Street, ground floor suite 142, WRJ. It is mandatory for the team leader (or assigned designee). At the meeting, you will find out this year’s inspirational prompt which is important to incorporate into your film. (Psst: The judges assign 25 pts if you incorporate the prompt creatively!! See judging rubric for more info.) This meeting is a good time to ask questions about the competition and schmooze with other filmmakers, and the last moment for slow pokes to register their team in the competition.
RULES, RULES, RULES:
All films must abide by the following:
2017 CATV & HOP Halloween-O-Thon
(Name of your film)
Whew! You made it through the rules without glazing over. Bravo!
FINAL FILM SUBMISSIONS:
Deadline for final films is Monday, October 23rd by 4:45 pm if hand delivering to the CATV studio, OR by 11:59 pm if submitting through Dropbox. Submit your final project in QuickTime file format (.mov) on a thumb drive in person or electronically via Dropbox (share with email@example.com ). The movie file resolution and format must be HD 1920 x 1080. Digital file name must read Your_Film_Name_2017Halloween.mov
Our illustrious judges will award 45 points to Artistic Merit, 30 points to Technical Merit and 25 pts to Adherence to the Assignment.
Judging Rubric (100 points total)
45 points – Artistic Merit
15 points – Content/Plot
Excellent, seamless structure to communicate the story to an uninitiated audience. The message/intent of the film was clear on the first viewing. Excellent dialogue; distinctive and compelling characters
15 points – Creativity
The production displayed independent thought and imagination. The style and concept was novel and distinct
15 points – Entertainment
Excellent overall impression, enjoyment factor, and replay value
30 points – Technical Merit
10 points – Sound/Audio
Audio levels were consistent; clear sound with an absence of distracting noises (buzzes, hums, hisses, etc.). The music selection complemented the story
10 points – Editing
The transitions were seamless and smooth, complementing the continuity of the story
10 points – Cinematography
The film was visually stunning. Lighting, camera movement, angles, and shot selection were excellent.
25 points – Adherence to the Assignment
The team adhered to the competition rules, and the prompt was incorporated creatively to tell/contribute to the story
SAVE THE DATE: There are two premieres on Sunday, October 29th. Each if followed by an award ceremony. Premieres are at the Loew Auditorium in the Black Family Visual Arts Center adjacent to the Hopkin Center in Hanover, NH. Oooooo the BIG SCREEN. Come in Halloween attire if the mood strikes you! Specifics to follow.
Yes, there are awards—woohoo!!! And the rumors are correct, both moola and fun awards will be given at the Premiere. Hot dang!
If you have any niggling questions after the ever-helpful kick-off meeting, don’t hesitate to call the alacritous CATV crew at 1.802.295.6688.
CATV: CATV is a public access television station in White River Junction, VT that has reach into NH too. We are a communication conduit that fosters community connectedness. We help community members to harness and apply the power of media so they can examine their diverse perspectives. CATV rocks!
The HOP: This collaboration with the Hopkins Center is part of the HOP’s Community Venture Initiative (CVI) which provides new opportunities for Upper Valley residents of all ages to create, access and explore the arts. CVI builds the Hop’s commitment over its 50-year history, to community-oriented programs involving a strong network of local organizational partners like CATV.