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.

CREATE an original video in any of the following categories.

• Animated Short (2 minute max)
• Documentary (5 minute max)
• Music Video (3 minute max)
• Drama (5 minute max)
• Comedy (5 minute max)

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.

SUBMIT your video(s) following the guidelines below.

ATTEND the festival on May 3 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 Music Video
• Best Animated Short
• Best Documentary
• Best Performance
• Best Editing
• Best Director
• Best Ensemble
• Best In Show

ABOUT THE SPONSORS:

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.

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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THE 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.

Each entry must be reviewed and approved (via release form) by a teacher or school representative, certifying that a student’s film complies with the moral guidelines of that school and suitable for a general public viewing audience.

To that end, 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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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.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Submissions should be uploaded to a Youtube account either associated with the student, or the student’s school. (Students must be over the age of 13 to use this service.) Send the link to the Youtube video to: tarbios@fresnobee.com.

DISPLAYING CONTENT: By submitting, entrants understand and agree to having their entry(ies) uploaded to and displayed on The Fresno Bee’s Youtube page for an indefinite period of time; will be displayed in their entirety on the big screen at the festival; possibly be displayed in part if nominated for an award; and will also be broadcast on CMAC’s local public television channels (Comcast 94 and ATT U-verse 99).

THE JUDGES: The judging panel is composed of employees of CMAC, The Fresno Bee and industry professionals.

RELEASE FORMS: Students must file Video release forms and Media release forms prior to the festival. All forms will be available for download March 1, 2014.