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To heighten the local flavor of the festival, the F3 continues its tradition of including a student film component to the program. The festival invited area high school students to submit original short films for the festival’s local competition. In addition to being recognized as participants in the film festival, students will be eligible to win a number of valuable prizes from Sony Creative Software as well as free entry fee into the 2015 72 Film Fest which takes place in October.

We believe the student film component serves to underscore the commitment to independent and creative film making and we are very excited about the direction this will take the festival.

Click on the links below for more information:

1. Student Film Competition Guidelines
2. Contact Information
3. Submission Form
4. FAQ

Student Film Competition Guidelines

  1. Competition is open to all high school student filmmakers (must be a current high school student in the state of Maryland between April, 2014 and June 2015).
  2. All films entered must have been completed between April 2014 and June 2015.
  3. The film must be no longer than ten (10) minutes in length (no films will be considered that exceed this limit).
  4. Films may be a presentation of any mediums, i.e. music video, shorts, animated, etc.
  5. The final submission must be “Blooper” free.
  6. All films will be judged against each other to determine finalists and winner.
  7. The final copy of the film must be received by Friday May 29, 2015 by the Student Film Competition Committee at the below listed address.
  8. Two (2) formats of the film must be submitted:
    a. DVD format – ready to play in any standard DVD player
    b. Digital Video Format – to allow viewing on other media players (preferably MPEG4 format)
  9. A completed and correct application form must accompany the films with clear contact information.
  10. Filmmakers or a representative must be present at the student competition on June 27 to be eligible to win.

Contact Information

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Mailing Address:

Frederick Film Festival
242 East 2nd Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
Attn: E. Morrell

Submission Form

Click to download Submission Form


1. When and where is the student competition?
Saturday, June 27. the venue has likely changed, we will be making the venue announcement soon.

2. How do I enter?

Follow the links to the application form.  Down load and fill out the form and mail it or drop it by the address listed on the form.

3. Are there any fees?
No. There are no fees to enter the competition.  In addition, there is no admission fee to the competition viewing on June 27. Invite your family and friends.  We do recommend you to buy a day pass or weekend pass for the festival since you will be here in town, it’s a great way to spend the day.

4. Are there prizes?
Yes, prizes include trophies, certificates, entry into Frederick’s 72 Film Fest and digital software for movie making.

5. Do I need to be present to win?
Yes. You must have a representative at the competition viewing in order to be eligible to win.

6. How many films can I enter?
You can enter as many as you would like, as long as they fall within the filming guidelines.

7. Is there a theme for the films?
No. There is no theme to this year's Student Competition.

8. Is there a limitation on how long the film should be?

Yes, the films are limited to a maximum run time of 10 minutes (this does not include credits).  In order to consider as many films as we can for the final stage we are restricting the time limit.

9. Will there be different categories?
This depends on the number of entries and the types of films.

10. Who will judge the films?
We are currently discussing who will judge the competition with one of our guest directors. We will make that announcement shortly.

11. How many films are chosen?

We will choose films based on quality.  The number of films chosen depends on the entries.  In the past we have averaged nine films for the final selection.