The Eighth Annual

Ocean County Library

Student Film Festival

May 10, 2014 6-10 pm

The deadline for submissions is March 26.

Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

101 Washington Street, Toms River NJ




Are you a high school student looking for a great outlet to showcase your film work? Well look no further, submit your original film projects to be shown at a red-carpet event held May 10, 2014 in Mancini Hall at the Ocean County Library Toms River branch. If selected, you will experience the thrill of your work viewed on a large screen by a supportive audience!

Awards will be presented to the winners in the following categories: animation, commercial, documentary, full feature, news, sports, commercial, P.S.A., short feature, experimental and music video. Feature films should be no longer than 20 minutes in length.

So get busy shooting new work or submitting films already created, provided that you are of high school age. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE!

Please complete the online entry form by Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Looking for inspiration? View last year's winners here.

Check back towards the end of April for the Film Festival program schedule to be announced.

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About the Festival:

Funding for the Ocean County Library Student Film Festival is made possible in part by the Ocean County Library, the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Kiwanis Clubs in Ocean County, the Rotary Club of Toms River and the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department. Founded in 2006, the OCLSFF gives emerging young filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work and share their creative talents with our community. The OCL Student Film Festival has proven to be a great instrument in fostering the creativity of our community and connecting library services to regional high schools.

Film Submission Guidelines:

Please use this online form to submit your film to submit your film. You may mail your entry on DVD or if you would like to submit your film digitally please share a link to it via YouTube or Vimeo. In addition, once submitted, please send notification that the application was sent to OCLFilmFest@gmail.com.

If you are mailing copies (standard DVDs), please send two copies and label discs with the title of the film and its running time, and include a card with your name and contact information. Please mail to:

Arlene Stinziano
OCL Student Film Fest
Ocean County Library
Little Egg Harbor Branch
290 Mathistown Road
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087

Submitted Materials:

All submitted projects must be original work. Submissions will not be returned.

Selection and Notification:

All filmmakers who have been selected for the festival will be notified by late April, 2014. Those whose entries were not selected will not be notified. All films are subject to final approval by the Ocean County Library before screening.


In submitting projects to the Ocean County Library Film Festival, the filmmaker agrees that the film, if selected, may be screened at the festival and be used for publicity and promotional uses by the Ocean County Library. The person submitting the entry form is authorized to enter the project into the Ocean County Library Film Festival. Note: Films may or may not be shown in their entirety if accepted.

Judging Criteria:

The Ocean County Library Student Film Festival is open to "student filmmakers" in high school. Films are accepted in the following genres: animation, stop motion, commercial, documentary, news, sports, commercial, short feature, silent, experimental and music video. This year there is a special P.S.A. category How I Use My Library where the winner will be featured and promoted on the Library's website.

The OCL Student Film Festival panel of judges range from librarians, educators, artists, professionals to film enthusiasts. When judging the panel looks at the video and audio quality of the film, the technical editing, the visual cinematography, the originality of the piece and finally, if the film achieves its stated goal. This last element is the deciding factor. The film must successfully tell its story or achieve its true intention. The panel also takes in to consideration the various mediums that students use to make their films, especially in the high school environment where not all schools have access to the best equipment. If the creativity of the piece transcends the technical components it remains a viable contender.

For more information on the Ocean County Library Filmmakers Advisory Group, contact:

Jeannie Collacott: Teen Services
Ocean County Library
101 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: 732-349-6200 ex. 5202

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