Who Can Enter

Core team members (director, producer, cinematographer, editor) are REQUIRED to be teenagers (13-18). Other team members may be of any age outside of the core team members. We highly recommend a team approach to cover the 4 core roles, but the competition also allows a single teenager to act as all 4 core roles.

Time Period

The 2019 TFC is 72 hours between Thursday, August 1 at 7pm and Sunday, August 4 at 7pm. Films must be completely uploaded by 7:00 pm on Sunday evening. Late films received after the official deadline are NOT eligible for awards and prizes.

Creative Work

All creative work must take place during the Teen Film Challenge time period. Any creative work completed in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Rehearsing
  • Costume/Set Design
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Rendering
  • Exporting

The only work allowed prior to the competition is:

  • Recruiting and organizing the crew
  • Recruiting and organizing the cast
  • Securing equipment
  • Scouting/securing locations

Film Types

Any film type is allowed as long as it reasonably connects to the genre, title, and prop drawn at the kickoff event. Film types includes narrative, documentary, stop motion, animation, etc. The running time for films is 3-6 minutes, not including end credits.

Films should be family friendly. Films should NOT contain explicit language, violence, and/or sexual situations. Films should NOT promote any type of drug or alcohol use. Think PG Rating!

Music Rights

Teams are encouraged to work with musicians to write and record music for the films. Teams can also use pre-recorded music but must have rights to any music used in the film. Teams must provide releases for all music used and recognize music in the film credits.