Category: Festival Calls

Submit Films to Black Warrior Film Fest!

Film Fest logoOn Saturday, April 13th, The Department of Telecommunication and Film, Student Producers Association, Crimson Cinema Productions and Creative Campus will present The Black Warrior Film Festival 2013 in 216 Reese Phifer Hall.

The Black Warrior Film Festival is a showcase of student films produced at the University of Alabama, giving student filmmakers a chance to have their work viewed by UA and Tuscaloosa communities. The festival will feature screenings, filmmaker Q&As, guest speakers, panels, and a camera workshops.

Rules and Guidelines:

  1. Films must be produced and/or directed by a UA student.
  2. Films must have been made in the last 5 years.
  3. Submissions will be reviewed and ruled by a committee of programmers that includes professors and students.
  4. Submissions are open to short films (narrative, documentary, and experimental), music videos, EPKs, commercials, TV Pilots, web series, and any other productions made by UA students.
  5. Films must be submitted using the link below by February 22, 2013.

Please email with any questions or comments.

Call for Short Comedy Scripts

Call for Entries

Short comedy scripts for TCF 389:

Shooting the Short Comedy

Winning script will be produced in the course.

Short screenplay: 5-10 pages.

Can be any genre of comedy: Dark Comedy, Screwball, Parody, Satire, Romantic…


Keep it simple!

One event, one primary character.

Logistically feasible: no car crashes, explosions, visual effects, helicopters, giant marshmallow men, epic battles, etc.

Deadline: Friday, April 16th

E-mail a PDF of your submission to Professor Adam Schwartz @

(You may also place a hard copy in a drop box outside of office 430D.)

UA Film Festival

From the Kinoscrastinate Website:

In the last year it has become very easy for a student to be involved in film production. However, the University of Alabama lacks an official venue to showcase the incredible work being done by students on campus. We have discovered that there is a great interest in starting a university-wide annual film festival to fill that need. It would have the benefit of showcasing student work, drawing attention to the film scene on campus, and fostering a truly inter-disciplinary art form.

We envision such a film festival to be an annual event held on campus, organized collaboratively by Kinocrastinate Productions, Nimpire Pictures, Sprankle Pictures, and the University of Alabama. We envision this to be our versions of the Oscars. To generate interest, we would like an extensive publicity campaign on campus and online. The film pieces would be judged in a variety of categories by a panel of judges from each school, with small cash prizes available to the winners in each category.

UA Film Festival Rules and Dates

  • Films can be up to two years old.
  • Entrants must be current UA students. This includes graduate students.
  • Gives us your films by the 26th of March, 2010.
  • Films will be shown and awards presented on the 2nd of April, 2010.
  • Format: You can turn in your movie either on mini-DV tape or as a .mov file on a data DVD or CD. If you choose to turn in a file, please encode it as DV-NTSC. For audio, use 48 kHz AIFF, if possible.
  • Include a slate before the beginning of your film with your name, the film’s title, whether it’s framed 4:3 or 16:9, and the total running time. We also recommend including some credits that list everyone who helped in the making of your film.
More information:
This festival is not sponsored by the TCF Department.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference is an annual event at The University of Alabama that allows Undergraduates to highlight their work in Research or Creative fields.

The event presents a wide variety of research and creative activities and gives the contributing students practical experience in defending or performing their work. Judges evaluate the works and the winning entries receive a cash prize. “The thrill of discovery students experience by working with a faculty mentor to produce their own new research findings, an exciting work of art, or other intellectual accomplishment is an ideal stepping stone to a productive career, regardless of major,” says Dr. David Franko, head of the new UA Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Committee.

The conference was initiated in 2002 by the College of Arts and Sciences and has grown to include the whole campus with over 200 participants in 2009. Through the collaborative efforts of the Office for Research, the College Undergraduate Research Coordinators, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Committee, and faculty mentors this has become a premier annual event at The University of Alabama.

For more information on how you can participate in the 2010 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities please browse to:

Call for Films: American Documentary Showcase

The American Documentary Showcase (Showcase), funded by and as a cooperative program with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (BECA) of the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and administered through a cooperative grant to the University Film and Video Association (UFVA), is a curated selection of contemporary documentaries that is offered to US Embassies for screening abroad. The Showcase is designed to travel American documentaries and their filmmakers to international overseas venues, including, U.S. Embassy organized events and/or U.S. Embassy supported international documentary film festivals.

The goal of The Showcase is to offer a broad diversified look at life in the United States and the values of a democratic society as seen by American documentary filmmakers. The Showcase is intended to demonstrate the role documentary plays in fostering understanding and cooperation among people.

With renewal of a grant by BECA to UFVA, we are now able to include 5-10 new titles and filmmakers in the second round of the Showcase, which runs through December 2010. Filmmakers may nominate their own films. Student films of exceptional quality are welcome.

Qualifications for Consideration:

Documentaries nominated can be of any length and style, although the emphasis is on shorter, under one hour films in this grant cycle. They must have a release date no earlier than January 2007 and must be completed by September 2009, and available on DVD. They must be made by an American citizen, focus primarily on American subjects (this can be Americans overseas, but the main emphasis must be on American citizens), and fit in to one, or preferably more, of the following categories:

Subject Categories:

The Democratic Process
Environmental, Nature, Our Planet
Ethnic Diversities
Innovation in Education
Music and Society – no concert film or music videos
Popular Culture
Women, Families and Children

A panel of experts will recommend up to 10 films for possible inclusion in the Showcase. BECA will make the final decision about inclusion.

To nominate a film, four NONRETURNABLE DVDs must be submitted along with a short SYNOPSIS and CREDIT LISTS. Entries must be shipped PREPAID. Nomination Postmark Deadline: SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

Inclusion in the Showcase grants BECA, the DOS, the UFVA and the International Documentary Association (IDA) the right to use brief clips, photographs, and biographical data of filmmakers and their subjects for publicity and promotional purposes, including UFVA/IDA/DOS websites, podcasts and internet feeds. If a film is chosen to be included in the Showcase, the copyright holder further grants permission to the Showcase to make DVD duplicates and to screen the entire documentary, or portions thereof, at American Embassies and overseas venues selected by the Embassies, including foreign film festivals. The copyright holder also agrees to allow the Showcase to subtitle the film as deemed necessary by the Showcase.

All materials must be shipped/mailed with all charges prepaid to:
Betsy McLane, PhD
Showcase Director
3801 University Avenue
Suite 260
Riverside, CA 92501

For more information visit
Any questions not addressed above should be directed to:

Open Call to Showcase Student Artists

The University of Alabama’s Creative Campus invites you to “Get Involved: Get Creative” on Tuesday, August 25 from 6pm till dark at Maxwell Hall. Following “Get Creative” is a screening of Disney Pixar’s UP (sponsored by University Union) on the lawn of the Student Media building in front of Bryant Denny Stadium at 8pm. “Get Creative” is a part of Student Involvement Week. Student Involvement Week events last from August 24 until August 28, 2009.  Each day features a different way that students can participate in the variety of programs and activities that the university offers. Creative Campus hosts “Get Creative” as an open call to all student artists, regardless of major.

Any student interested in participating (in either performance or art exhibit) should email Creative Campus at by Monday, August 24 at 5pm. All forms of artwork accepted including but not limited to: spoken word, photography, ceramics, painting, dance, theatrical performances and musical performances. Interested performers should include contact information, performance/art type, number of pieces or performers, and performance length (if applicable).

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend this FREE event. In addition to celebrating student artists and performers, there will be free interactive art activities available for all.

The primary goal for “Get Creative” is to provide students information on how to get involved with the arts. Many departments and organizations have contributed either printed material or personnel to the evening to assist students in getting active and engaging in the many artistic outlets at the Capstone. Involvement is part of the campus experience. No matter what path, you take there is a way for you to participate.

Maxwell Hall is located on Stadium Drive, across from the Bruno Business Library. Parking is located at the West Commuter lot behind Ten Hoor. Additionally, Maxwell Hall has a bus stop on both Gold Routes of the Crimson Ride.

The week’s events surround the Fall 2009 “Get On Board Day” on Wednesday, August 26 10:00 am -4:45 pm at the Ferguson Center Plaza & Promenade. The annual event offers a “one-stop shop” for exploring all types of student organizations.  Getting involved is an essential part of the college experience, and it’s not just about building a resume– it’s about finding your passion and connecting with other people who share that passion. Come explore to see what stirs your interest; there’s something for everyone!

For more information on Creative Campus, please visit

Call for Entries ~ Accolade Named Among Top 25 Festivals

Call for Entries ~ Accolade Named Among Top 25 Festivals

Deadline: August 28, 2009


Now in its seventh year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers.

The Accolade is unique as awards competition, not a traditional film festival. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

Most importantly, The Accolade team works passionately to help worthy productions gain the publicity and distribution they deserve. That is what The Accolade is all about: helping winners of this coveted award achieve recognition and distribution opportunities. 

Every filmmaker, television producer and videographer wants credibility associated with their work and buzz about their productions. The Accolade sends information about Accolade winners via email to over 27,000 industry professionals. The Accolade is an award recognized for its rigorous evaluation process by buyers and distributors, inspiring confidence that winning productions are of high quality.

Quality and creativity are celebrated in three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. Best of Show honors are granted only if worthy productions are discovered. Likewise, no more than 15% of entries are granted Awards of Excellence.  Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Award of Merit level. Annually, a special award is given to a production that makes a significant contribution to social change or a humanitarian effort.

The Accolade receives entries from all over the world: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.

MovieMaker Magazine included The Accolade among the Top 25 Festivals “Worth The Entry Fee.” The article said, “Past participants can’t stop raving about the professional opportunities participation in this event has generated for their work.”

Go to for rules and entry form.