CINEMA CULTURAS’ STORYTELLING AND FILM STUDENT COMPETITION

“IMAGINATION: CREATING POSSIBILITIES”

Cinema Culturas invites all elementary, middle and high school students to participate in its Storytelling and Film Student Competition "Imagination: Creating Possibilities" 

*We will accept registrations from February 19 to April 19, 2021*

This competition seeks to encourage and enhance our K-12 students’ 4 C’s of 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication. Cinema Culturas expands on this learning model by incorporating two additional C’s in its educational program: Culture and Community. By providing fun and educational forums for all students to participate in, and having local communities come together via a digital platform, students’ storytelling skills are nurtured and promoted through the short films they create. These stories focus on the theme "Imagination: Creating Possibilities" in the fiction, non-fiction, science and music categories.

 

General Information and Submission Rules

All submissions are free!

 

* Submission deadline: April 19, 2021*

 

All K-12 Students may participate.

Please refer to the Competition Categories below.

THEMES

YOU DECIDE!  You can film or write your story. In addition, you can adapt music to your short film or include original music!

You may choose to submit a short film or written story in one of the following areas:

 

Artistic themes:

1. Imagination allows us to be innovative and invent new worlds. Tell us a story of a day in a world imagined by you; a world of your own creation.
 

2. Tell us a story where imagination is the main character (Yo can present imagination as a real or fantastic character, or an object).

Science themes:


1. If you could have a super-power based on a scientific formula, and you can invent the formula or start from an existing one, what power would it be? How would you use it to help your community and the planet? * We invite you to explain the science formula you use in your story. Your formula can also be the product of your imagination.
 

2. Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to systems or machines that mimic human intelligence to perform tasks autonomously. Science is a symbol of human progress, yet it is said that one day AI will surpass human intelligence. Using your imagination, tell us a story of how life would be if this were to happen"
 

Special prize for Adapted Music and/or Original Music:
 

 1. Adapted music: To accompany and enhance the value of your story, you may add music adapted by you and/or your team ( remember that it should not be the same as the original varsion) either through one or more musical instruments and/or voice. *Don't forget to give credit to the original song/music that you use in your video *
 

2. Original Music: You can add music you created using one or more instruments, digital programs to create music, and/or your voice when composing the lyrics of the song. Seek to increase or narrate your story through music.

STRUCTURE & PRESENTATION

For both, short film and written story:

• The most basic organization of a story is the 3- part structure: beginning, middle and end. You can use this structure to tell your fictional story (based on your imagination) or nonfiction (based on a true story and/or facts). Show us your artistic and scientific skills!

 

Things to keep in mind:

• Put to use your multiple skills: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication as well as highlight culture and community. Also, don’t forget you can enhance your story by making use of multiple talents: dancing, humor, illustration, singing, writing, research and more. In addition, if you add music that you created, you may also participate for the Special Prize for Original and Adapted Music. This means that you complement your story with music created or played by yourself. It can be background music that you play on an instrument, song to tell your story, or a song that you write/compose original and new music and add it to your story.

• You may involve your family members/friends in the creative process and have them be part of your story by using technology that allows you to stay connected while practicing social distancing and being safe.

• You can enhance your story using graphics, drawings, and images both digital and created by yourself.

• You can send in your story by hand or on a computer.

RULES

Regarding films or written stories:

• Must be original: Never before published, screened or presented as a completed assignment for school or outside of school to be able to participate in the competition and have its premiere at Cinema Culturas. Material must not be shown, exhibited or published on the internet or other media before the conclusion of this competition. * Your story will be disqualified if you don't follow this rule*

• Can be creative stories, personal experiences and/or based on facts that incite activities within the home and not outdoors (if allowed by your city).

• Must be on one of the themes above related to the overarching theme of this competition. 
“Imagination: Creating Possibilities"

• Must include the sources of information (if data from a specific source is presented, please include it).

• Films or stories can be presented in English or Spanish.

• Duration/length of your film or story will be determined on the director/author’s age group. 
Please see below “competition categories.”

• By registering your story or short film, you give Cinema Culturas the right to exhibit your material both for the selection of this competition and for the promotion of educationalprograms.
If your film/written story is selected, you will be notified via email and/or telephone at least 10 days prior to showcasing it on Cinema Culturas’ Platform.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

• Short films must be submitted in original files in digital format (.mp4 or .mov) to festival@cinemaculturas.com and director@cinemaculturas.com  via www.wetransfer.com

*Please see below instructions for submitting your material via the wetransfer platform.

• The written stories (as well as the images used in your story) may be submitted via email to festival@cinemaculturas.com and director@cinemaculturas.com. You can use applications to carry out your narration such as Book Creator or some other application that helps you write your story.

• Include two still photos from the film or written story (screenshot that is representative of the film/story) and one headshot photograph of the director (creator of the film) or author (written story creator).

• Your submission will not be processed without your completed submission form and materials requested. Please download the form here:

• Your entry will be disqualified if you choose to make your film or story public (publishing it on line or any other form of publication).

We are looking forward to receiving your wonderful story and remember:

Give it your best! “Imagination: Creating Possibilities".

STEPS TO SUBMIT THROUGH WE TRANSFER

1. Go to https://wetransfer.com

2. If website prompts you to create an account, click on the “No thanks” button at the very bottom.
3. When website asks if you agree to their terms of service, click on “I agree.”

4. Click on the “+” button in blue circle to upload your edited/finished film file, or drag and drop onto site.

5. In “Email to” enter festival@cinemaculturas.com and director@cinemaculturas.com

6. In “Your email” enter your email address.

7. In “Message” enter your film title, your full name, and a phone number where you can be reached.

8. Once your video file has finished uploading, click on “Transfer.”

9. You will receive an email informing you it was sent successfully and another once Cinema Culturas has received and downloaded your video file.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES

For both, short film or written story:
 

• Early Elementary School students from 1st to 3rd grades:  
Film duration: 3 minutes maximum. Written story maximum length: 1 to 2 paragraphs (1 page)
 

• Upper Elementary School students from 4th and 5th grades:  
Film duration: 3 minutes maximum. Written story maximum length: 5 paragraphs (1 - 3 pages)
 

• Middle School students from 6th to 8th grades: 
Film duration: 3 minutes maximum. Written story maximum length: at least 500 to700 words.
 

• High School students from 9th to 12th grade: 
Film duration: 5 minutes maximum. Written story at least 800 to 1000 words (*Must be typed).

AWARDS

Cinema Culturas’ jury will present the following prizes:
 

For age groups 6 - 8 yrs., 9 - 10 yrs., 11 - 13 yrs. and 14 - 18 yrs. old:
 

1st Place    $150.00 (Gift card)
 

2nd Place   $100.00 (Gift card)
 

3rd Place    $50.00 (Gift card)
 

*In addition, winners will be receiving a Cinema Culturas certificate via mail*
 

CINEMA CULTURAS will showcase all winning films and semifinalist written stories.     

Dates will be announced.