Competition Rules


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Adult Involvement 

1. All films must be produced by the 4-H members only. All work, including script, directing, costumes, etc, is to be original work of 

4-H members. Adult supervision and consultation is allowed, but immediate and/or direct adult work on the film is not permitted. 

2. Each film crew may have ONE official adult supervisor that can be only be consulted for advice, assistance, safety supervision, etc. The designated adult must not have direct involvement in creating the film. 


01. All film entries are allowed 10 minutes maximum and 2 minutes minimum, including beginning/end credits. You can send a formal request to to ask for extended time. 

02. Films do not have to be related to 4-H themes, but should be created around the film theme of Nature. 

03. Film registration - Online film registration is due by February 28, 2017, at 11:59PMAll materials (scripts and 2 DVD copies containing your films) MUST be turned in by the set deadline on March 7th, 2017, at 11:59pm. This gives participants a little more time after registration to finish any last-minute editing. Films must be burned onto a DVD disc that is playable on multiple medias (e.g. laptops, DVD players, etc.) Please check that all films are downloaded in the highest quality formats as possible. Please do not film in 3-D.

04. All film casts and crew are allowed to chose up to 2 categories to enter their film under. (e.g. Best Actress and Best Director). Although casts choose their categories, it does not necessarily mean that the film will win under that category. Judges will choose the winners of each categories, but casts are allowed to choose their categories to state their preference. Award categories for films are: 

(a) Best Picture - Films with overall exceptional action, costuming, script, and directing - ALL FILMS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY NOMINATED FOR THE BEST PICTURE CATEGORY

(b) Best Actor - Film actor with outstanding acting skills (e.g. speech, movement, character, etc.) 

(c) Best Actress - Film actress with outstanding acting skills (e.g. speech, movement, character, etc.) 

(d) Best Costume and/or Makeup - Film actor/actress with the most excellent costuming and/or makeup

(e) Best Director - The director chosen by the cast and crew to lead the group (like a Junior/Teen Leader) that directs, and supports the cast. 

(f) Best Screenplay -  The script of each film will be judged for creativity, originality, etc. An official scriptwriter should be chosen to put together the script.

(g) Best Special Effects - Film that presents illustrious use of special effects. 

05. All films should be given a title. 

06. The cast/crew of the film do not have to originate from the same 4-H club. Non-4-H participants are allowed to act in the film, but only registered 4-H members will be allowed to run for an award. 

**07. UPDATE: Majority (80-100%) of participants featuring/acting in film must be youth (4-H or non-4-H)

08. Film directors are asked to please send in their scripts as part of the validation process, clarity of actors, and script judging, especially if they choose to nominate themselves for Best Screenplay. 

09. There should be at least 3 members in a film cast. 

10. Casts are welcome to create a poster for their film as an additional side contest entry, but are not required to do so. 

11. Films that are created specially by or contain Primary groups will still be qualified to be judged and receive awards. 

12. Any films using profanity and/or inappropriate material will be disqualified immediately. 


01. Judging is to be completed by adult judges that have had film/acting/leadership/theatrical experience, those being a mixture of film industry professionals and adult 4-H volunteers.

02. Judging evaluations are to be used by adult judges to determine winners. 

03. All judging will take place prior to the event. 

4-H Film Fest Date 

01. The location of the event will be at the TBAThe date of the event will be March 26th, 2017, from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. 

02. The dress code for the Film Fest  is formal; participants are encouraged to wear dresses (e.g. prom, wedding,) or dress shirts, slacks, etc (tuxedos are not required). 

No jeans or t-shirts please!