2017 Youth Film Festival

Everyone has a Story to tell!

We’re super-excited to announce the 4th annual iPadpalooza Youth Film Festival: a mobile video contest created just for K-12 students.  For anybody with a story to tell, there is a powerful and accessible tool with you at all times.  Your mobile device!  There is no need to rent an expensive camera, lighting and audio gear.  No need to rent out a studio to edit your film. Whether you have access to an iPad, Android, Windows Surface tablet, iPad Mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, or drone, you now have a “handheld film studio!”

Who can submit?

Any student enrolled in K-12 for the 2016-17 school year. This year, we will split the films into two age groups: elementary (K-5) and secondary (6-12) students.

What are the categories?

There are three film genres in this year’s competition: Narrative (fiction), Documentary (non-fiction) and Animation/Stop-motion. There will be 3 finalists in each category for each of the two age level groups that make it to the semi-finals.  So potentially, there will be 18 films at the film festival on June 7, 2017.

What are the film Requirements?

As the the theme for this year’s iPadpalooza is “Learning on the GO”, we will be requiring three items to be in your short film.

  1. The film must include a prop that has some sort of movement/transportation as it demonstrates this theme.  
  2. The film must also include one of the following locations: a historical marker, monument, or art installation.  
  3. This year we are requiring a line of dialogue be included in each film. The line of dialogue that must be included in the film is “Gotta catch ‘em all”.

Students are encouraged to think of creative ways to incorporate the prop, location and dialogue into their films.  

What are the rules?

If you are a K-12 student interested in entering a film into our film festival, see the full contest rules below.

2017 Official Film Festival Contest Rules

How are the films judged?

The semi-final films are chosen based on a combination of public voting and judges critiques. The public voting component goes live on April 3 and is open for two weeks.  The public voting counts for 30% of the film’s final score.

The judges critique and score the films based on the following rubric. Their score accounts for 70% of the film’s final score.

2017 Youth Film Festival Scoring Rubric

What are the prizes?

All eighteen finalists will receive a special screening of their film at an Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theater in Austin, Texas.

Grand Prize (1) – iPad Mini 4 to each filmmaker and an iPadpalooza t-shirt on the winning production team.

1st Place in category (5) – $25 Apple iTunes gift card and an iPadpalooza t-shirt for each filmmaker on the production team.

Runners-up in each category (12) – $10 Apple iTunes gift card and an iPadpalooza t-shirt for each filmmaker on the production team.

Important Dates

December 7, 2016: iPadpalooza Youth Film Festival Contest begins

March 24, 2017: Deadline for submitting videos ends at 11:59pm CST (EXTENDED DEADLINE!!)

April 3, 2017: Two-week public voting window opens

April 17, 2017: Public voting closes at 11:59pm CST

April 21, 2017: Eighteen finalists are announced

June 7, 2017: Screening of 18 finalists @ Alamo Drafthouse – Austin, TX

June 8, 2017: Screening of Top 6 films @ iPadpalooza at Westlake High School, – Austin, TX

Ready to Submit?

Prior to submitting your film make sure you have each of the following:

1. Contact information (name, email, phone) of the primary film maker, sponsor teacher, and parent/guardian.

2. A link to your film that is viewable by the public.

Submit Your Film

(Deadline: 11:59pm CST, March 20, 2017)

Previous winners:

Last year we saw amazing films and very creative ways student implemented the theme “Summer Blockbuster” as well as the required special effects props.  To check out all the qualifying films, visit our Vimeo Page.

Here is the 2016 Grand Prize winner -

Grand Prize Winner:

“The Abductor”