The Fresno Bee and CMAC are proud to announce:
THE SCOOPYS: The Fresno Bee Student Film Festival
High school students are invited to showcase their cinematic talents by entering their original videos in our festival.
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Submissions Due: MARCH 30, 2015

Festival: MAY 2, 2015 at The Tower Theatre

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Create

High school students* are invited to showcase their cinematic talents by entering their original videos in our festival. CREATE an original video in any of the following categories.

NOTE: Entries cannot exceed the maximum run times listed. Run times also include film credits. Films that exceed the time max limits will be disqualified.

Animated Short (2 minute max)
Documentary (5 minute max)
One-Minute Segment (1 minute max)
Drama (5 minute max)
Comedy (5 minute max)

Make sure your film meets our one CREATIVE REQUIREMENT: Each submission must feature a reference to The Fresno Bee– either our digital platforms, or the print version.
(Examples: An actor making reference to The Fresno Bee; a newspaper seen lying on a table; a close up of our iPad application.)

Animated Short (2-minute max):
Qualified entries in the Animated Short category include films created using 2D or 3D computer animation programs, as well as those that employ stop-motion animation, such as puppet animation, clay animation, brickfilm, cut-out animation and other such frame-by-frame animation. Like all other categories, these entries will be expected to tell a story. One-

Minute Segment (1-minute max):
The One-Minute Segment category gives aspiring journalists or advertisers the opportunity to tell a news story (think broadcast journalism) or create an advertising piece (think infomercial) within a one-minute time frame. Drama (5 minute max):
Qualified entries in the Drama category will tell a story in a serious in tone and depict an exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances.

Comedy (5-minute max):
Qualified entries in the Comedy category will tell a story that is characterized by a humorous or satirical tone.

Documentary (5-minute max):
Qualified entries in the Documentary category will be factually based. They will introduce a subject, support the subject and come to a conclusion.

RESTRICTIONS: ALL ENTRIES MUST COMPLY with the moral guidelines of the student’s school and be suitable for a general public viewing audience.  As defined by the Motion Picture Association of America, a “General Audience” rating is as follows:

G — General Audiences. All Ages Admitted. A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the motion picture.    

Profanity, extreme violence, content of a sexual nature and depictions of blood are prohibited. Additionally, entries must also comply with The Fresno Bee’s Terms of Service Online Conduct guideline: “Content that is harmful to minors in any way, harassing, harmful, threatening, abusive, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, libelous, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable” will be immediately disqualified.  

Students may work individually, or in groups. There is no limit to group size.

NOTE: Entries cannot exceed the maximum run times listed. Run times also include film credits. Films that exceed the time max limits will be disqualified.

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Important Dates

Submissions due: MARCH 30, 2015

Festival: MAY 2, 2015 at The Tower Theatre

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Attend

ATTEND the festival on May 2 at the prestigious Tower Theatre, where all entries will come to life on the big screen. AWARDS will be given to winning films, casts and crews in the following categories: • Best Drama
• Best Comedy
• Best Animated Short
• Best One-Minute Segment
• Best Documentary
• Best Performance
• Best Editing
• Best Director
• Best Ensemble
• Best Screenplay
• Best In Show
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Copyright and what it means

It seems like such a simple thing; you’re a student and you only want to use a sample of music from your favorite soundtrack. Or maybe it’s a small, 5-second clip from another’s  film. Who cares if you borrow these things for use in your film?

The answer is also simple: the individuals who created and recorded these pieces would likely care greatly if you “borrow” their work to be used in your work. Even using a small snippet could place you in violation of U.S. copyright law. Sure, you could be slapped with a lawsuit, potentially draining your college savings via legal fees — but worse? You’ll find that your film would be disqualified from The Scoopys festival participation.

How do you avoid such a disaster?

Be clear on what you legally can and cannot use. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has a very useful FAQ for student and independent filmmakers.

And, for the absolute authority on copyright, check the United State Copyright Office.

What can you use?
There are a wide variety of places you can go to get information or content to assist you in your filmmaking. A few suggestions:

GUIDELINES: Layola Marymount University has created a helpful PDF entitled, “Copyright, clearances & student filmmaking” that provides in-depth information regarding the best ways to proceed in your filmmaking.

MUSIC: If writing music is not your forte, performer Moby has created a site offering songs that are free and available for student film use.

IMAGES: The Creative Commons of the Unites States also offers license-free images and works that others have designated available for general use.  Search the Creative Commons here.

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Rules

The Scoopys: The Fresno Bee Student Film Festival is a festival for high school students. A high school student is defined as a student in grade 9-12, who is currently enrolled in a public, private or home school located Fresno County for the 2013-2014 school year. Entries must be student-created and produced. RESTRICTIONS: ALL ENTRIES must be reviewed and approved by a teacher or school representative, certifying that a student’s film complies with the moral guidelines of the student’s school and be suitable for a general public viewing audience.  As defined by the Motion Picture Association of America, a “General Audience” rating is as follows:

G — General Audiences. All Ages Admitted. A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the motion picture.    

Profanity, extreme violence, content of a sexual nature and depictions of blood are prohibited. Additionally, entries must also comply with The Fresno Bee’s Terms of Service Online Conduct guideline: “Content that is harmful to minors in any way, harassing, harmful, threatening, abusive, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, libelous, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable” will be immediately disqualified.. CODE OF ETHICS: All entries must be original, student created films. Copies or remakes of other films, unless specifically designed as a Swede, will be disqualified. While teachers and non-students may assist in concept development, the entirety of the film-making process (i.e. writing, story boarding, all camera work, editing, lighting, sound editing and design, directing, etc.) must be performed and completed by currently enrolled students. Non-students may be used as actors. While students may submit multiple entries per category, each entry may only be submitted once to the festival. Students should be certain that their entry is made to the category that most appropriately reflects the entry’s type.

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Sponsors

cmac Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the voices of our community through media. CMAC offers the tools and training you need to create and distribute high-quality video content that is of interest to local audiences.  Do you want to submit a film, but don’t have the equipment or know-how?  Check out CMAC at http://cmac.tv or call 559-266-2622 for more information.  

 fb-logo The Fresno Bee is the Central Valley’s leading digital and print news company dedicated to the values of quality journalism, free expression and community service. Founded in 1922, The Fresno Bee is part of the McClatchy Company, the third-largest newspaper company in the United States.

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Contact

Got questions, comments or need clarification? Contact Traci Arbios at  tarbios@fresnobee.com