20th Annual MTSU Student Film Festival

2020 Film Festival Dates and times TBA


Films begin at 7:00 p.m. in the STU Theater
Awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. in the STU Theater
All times subject to change.

SPARE is proud to once again host the MTSU Student Film Festival, now in it's 19th year. Each year, students may submit films to compete against other student filmmakers and be awarded for their efforts. Films will screen in the Student Union Video Theater in April. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Click here for Submission Packet!

 Guidelines For Film Festival Entries

Time Limit
SPARE has set a recommended time limit of 30 minutes. However, this is merely a recommendation; films of any length will be considered.

A panel of members from SPARE and/or MTSU faculty/staff will preview all films. Explicit content, including but not limited to nudity and violence, will not be tolerated if shown in a way that the panel deems inappropriate. Submitters will be notified prior to the Festival on whether or not their film will be shown.

Format of Film
Films are to be in .avi, .wmv or .mpg video format. They can be submitted on a data DVD, portable hard drive, or jump drive. Also required is another copy of the film on a DVD playable on a standard DVD player (menus are not to be used). Hard drives and jump drives will be returned to the submitters, but DVDs (data and regular) will not.

If you wish to submit a film, please use the Submission Information Sheet in the submission packet. Fill out all information on this sheet and submit it with your film by date and time TBA. Early entries are welcome and highly recommended. It is important that you fill out the personal information section including your name and telephone number so that we can contact you prior to the Festival.

Who Can Submit
Any MTSU student in good standing with the University may submit a film. However, the student who submits the film must perform a substantial role* in the production of the film.

*A substantial role is defined as a lead actor/actress, screenwriter, director, director of photography, executive producer, and/or producer. Other positions, such as art director, set designer, costume designer, and special effects supervisor, will be considered 'substantial' by the Films Manager and/or the Films Advisor on a case by case basis wherein the film displays a large workload on the given position. Films containing multiple students participating in various smaller roles may also be considered on a case by case basis.

Where to Submit
Films should be submitted to the Student Programming & Activities office located in Student Union Room 340 in between the times of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

When to Submit
Submissions will be accepted any time before 4:30 p.m. on date TBA.

Contact Information
If you need to contact someone regarding questions about your film or the festival, please contact:

Tristan Horn-Anspach
Films Manager
Festival Coordinator
Phone: 615-898- 2551
Email: spfilms@mtsu.edu

Tyler Adkins
Student Programming & Activities Coordinator
Festival Advisor
Phone: 615-898-2551
Email: tyler.adkins@mtsu.edu

After your film is submitted, the Films Manager, SPARE President, and/or the Films Advisor will review it for content. Once approved, each film will be privately screened for and judged by the Films Council and/or MTSU faculty/staff. Each film will be judged in the following categories:

  • Acting [Lead and Supporting]
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Effects
  • Script
  • Story
  • Overall

Judges may choose to critique based on other categories as well.

Festival Showings
The films will then be shown in the festival Monday through Thursday during the week of festival. Submitters will be notified as to what day[s] their film will be shown so that they may notify friends and family.

Awards Ceremony
An awards ceremony will take place on TBA at 7:00 p.m. in the STU Theater. MTSU Student Film Festival 2020 trophies will be presented to the top three participants. Other prizes will also be awarded to the first, second, and third place films, as well as an audience favorite.

The MTSU Student Film Festival is brought to you by SPARE.
Prizes provided by SPARE.

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