Registration is now open!
Submissions will be accepted through March 4, 2019.
General Rules and Guidelines
Films must be uploaded or postmarked by March 4, 2019.
Winners will be announced on March 26, 2019.
Awards ceremony and screening will be held during the Montclair Film Festival,
May 3-May 12, 2019.
Students’ films can be entered into one of the following divisions:
Storytellers: Grades 6 – 8
Visionaries: Grades 9 – 12
Filmmakers in the Storyteller division may submit a film up to 4 minutes in length.
Filmmakers in the Visionaries division may submit a film up to 6 minutes in length.
Award categories include:
- Narrative– a story of connected events, real or imaginary. May contain elements of humor, narration, non-fiction, etc.
- Documentary– a non-fiction film intended to instruct, inform the audience or maintain an historical record.
- Comedy– Ha! (You get it.)
- Experimental– films that explores alternatives to traditional narratives.
- Social Impact – films that engage with social issues.
Awards are determined by the EFC Committee. Not all categories may receive awards, and the MF reserves the right to add awards for outstanding achievement.
Illegal use of copyrighted material is prohibited and may disqualify your submission.
No film will be accepted if it has been submitted to our previous EFC program.
Montclair Film reserves the right to show and use stills from all submissions and EFC events for promotional purposes.
By submitting a film to the Emerging Filmmaker Competition, the filmmaker agrees to and is aware of these policies and general rules.
If your film is chosen to be viewed during the Montclair Film Festival, it needs to be compatible with our screens. Films can be shot on any format (smart phone, video, digital video, etc.).
Filming Specs: (iMovie, Final Cut Pro are programs that meet these requirements)
- 1998 x 1080 Pro Res 422(HQ) for Flat or 2048 x 858 Pro Res 422(HQ) for Scope
- Frame rate should be 23.98fps or 24fps (progressive only, NO INTERLACE)
- Stereo or 5.1 Linear PCM
Registration and Submission
To ensure a blind jury, please submit your short without any credits. If your film is chosen, you can save time and energy by having a copy with credits ready to go. Absolutely no names, credit listings or school credits can be visible on the submitted film.
EFC Registration Number: When you register, you will receive a confirmation letter with your EFC registration number. This number will be used to identify your film so that the judging remains blind.
Uploading your Film
Title: When uploading your film for submission, please label the uploaded file with your EFC registration number followed by your film’s title. For example, 6587MyFilmTitle.mov.
Summary: All submissions must include a paragraph summary of your submitted short. The summary can be a PDF or Word Doc and should also be labeled with your registration number followed by the film title (e.g., 6587MyFilmTitle.MOV).
Films should be uploaded by March 4, 2019 to: http://montclairfilm.org/EFC-Upload.
Mailing your Film
You can mail your film on a thumb drive along with a summary of your film. Please include your EFC registration number on both your thumb drive and your summary.
Films can be mailed to the following address and must be postmarked by March 4, 2019.
Montclair Film Festival
41 Watchung Plaza, #345
Montclair, NJ 07042
Need Help Getting Started?
Visit the MFF’s Education page to check out our Filmmaking Workshops and Classes!