When is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline for COYFF 2020 is March 31, 2020 at 11:59PM!  Better get filming!

Are there any age requirements?

Primary creators of the film must be enrolled in a Calvert County middle school, high school, or be currently homeschooled in middle school/high school grade levels.

Most of the crew members are youth, but an adult edited my movie—can I still submit?

YES and NO. Adults may be heavy contributors, but students must ultimately be involved in every stage of production: writing, producing, directing, editing, etc.

All of the crew members are youth, but some/all actors are adults—can I still submit?


Are there any TRT (Total Run Time) requirements?

YES. Films must be no longer than 5 min for middle school and 7 minutes for high school

Can I submit more than one film?


Can I submit multiple applications for my film?

Only one film application per film will be eligible. So ONLY ONE PERSON PER FILM should submit. (You can participate in others students films)

What’s an example of a LOGLINE?

Here are five loglines from classic movies that you may recognize:

From Some Like it Hot (1959), dir. Billy Wilder: When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

From Gimme Shelter (1970), dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin: A harrowing documentary of the Stones’ 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

From Spy Kids (2001), dir. Robert Rodriguez: The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

WALL-E (2008), dir. Andrew Stanton: In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Attack the Block (2011), dir .Joe Cornish: A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

Something was wrong with my application—can I re-submit?

For technical questions, Email: calvertyouthfilm@gmail.com.

My film just finished uploading at 10:30 PM.

If you foresee finishing late, contact us at the email above.

We strongly suggest starting your YouTube or Vimeo upload several days in advance as errors as well as long compression and uploading times are common.*

When do I hear the results?

No later than one week before the festival if your film was selected for the festival.

When is the festival?

April 13, 2020

What is the award?

$250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place

I submitted my film on time—will it automatically be screened?

No. Films are assessed by a panel of judges and chosen for the screening, however all films that meet the requirements will be put on the film festival's YouTube channel.

How much does submission cost?

It is free to submit a film to the festival. 

How do I export my movie and upload to Youtube?

Your export will depend on your exact program, but try to export an H.264 setting, which is compressed for Youtube. It should have an .mp4 extension. If you use these keywords in a Google search, you should find an online tutorial tailored to your software and project settings.

E.g. In Premiere, you can go to File>Export Media>change the “FORMAT” to “H.264” and “PRESET” to a “YOUTUBE 1080p30” (or whatever setting your footage is in)>Click Export

Here’s a link that will help your upload to Youtube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?hl=en

Still have questions? email calvertyouthfilm@gmail.com

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