MetroWest Student Film Festival

The Center for Arts in Natick and Walnut Hill School for the Arts are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership to produce the first annual MetroWest Student Film Festival, featuring the work of talented students from the cities and towns of Boston MetroWest. Official public screening dates for finalists are scheduled for April 5-7, 2019.

The MWSFF is a student film festival dedicated to showcasing the talents and creativity of the region's youth by providing an opportunity for young filmmakers and production teams to explore and create stories through motion pictures. Finalists among these student-created films will be shared with friends, families and the community at-large in TCAN’s state-of-the-art screening room.

We envision the MWSFF as the largest student film festival of its kind in the region.  Being part of this festival provides entrants the opportunity to:

  • Share films with the regional community
  • Screen films in an independent, state-of-the-art cinema
  • Network with a jury of judges from the industry, and other film makers in the region
  • Attend the festival premiere showcase

 


 

2019 Festival Winners
 

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED SHORT
Race for the Breakfast Sandwich - Maynard, Ma
Max Ludwig, Liam Caldicott, Tommy Smith
Mario Kart takes over 3 students at Maynard High School! In stop motion fashion, they have to race to the cafeteria, in order to satisfy their hunger.

 

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY SHORT
80 pounds - Millis, Ma
Hadley McPhee
First time filmmaker Hadley McPhee, 80 Pounds is a documentary about a girl who won the battle with anorexia, and herself

 

OUTSTANDING LIVE ACTION SHORT
How to: Be a Man - Needham, Ma
Ella Friedman, Ben Senior, Aaron Razi, Emma Fallon, Alexander Crocker, Simon Templar
A 1950's style instructional video on how to live a manly life in a modern world.

 

STUDENT CHOICE AWARD
Seppuku - Newton, Ma
Oliver Ciric, Charles Weinstein, Hedi Skali, Phillip Baker, Daniel Glickman, Grace Tourtelotte, Alex Chan, Tayo Van Beever​​​​​​​
A kid attempts to join a friend group.

 


 

 

2019 Finalists

RACE FOR THE BREAKFAST SANDWICH
Maynard, Ma - 2018 - 1:18 - Animation
Max Ludwig, Liam Caldicott, Tommy Smith
Mario Kart takes over 3 students at Maynard High School! In stop motion fashion, they have to race to the cafeteria, in order to satisfy their hunger.
https://youtu.be/nD3h0h0Az7s

 

IGNORE THEM
Lincoln, Ma - 2017 - 1:00 - Live Action
Enzo Goodrich, Andreas Masiakos, Ryan Gies, Sally Kindleberger, Richard Card, Alice Waugh
A short film about a kid and his brother.
https://youtu.be/HIzOgkV57oU

 

SAN LUIS
Hudson, Ma - 2018 - 2:03 - Live Action
Alessa Maiuri, Cameron Ciesluk
San Luis the music video dives deep into one's solitary reflection and focuses on the depth of thoughts and feelings and how they can pool one’s mind. The song portrays the emotion of basic human struggle and loneliness and the benefits we receive from reflecting on our experiences and our lives as a whole.
https://youtu.be/Oh1MMLf3UIc

 

A WORK IN PROGRESS
Hudson, Ma - 2018 - 6:34 - Documentary
Stefan Matovu
The title of my documentary is called, "A work in progress" and the type of documentary is participatory and observational. I did a documentary about myself to show how I have changed over the years and to take a look at how other people saw me. My documentary was produced to show who I am as a person including both the good and the bad. This documentary shows who I am as a person from the good to the bad told in stories about me by my friends, my family and myself.

 

STUDENTS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE
Sudbury, Ma - 2019 - 4:41 - Documentary
Kaleigh Barrera, Ari Reith, Sydney Blair
We interviewed students, teachers, and administrators at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High school about their feelings on safety in school and gun violence in school.
https://youtu.be/yP2D0jonevo

 

80 POUNDS
Millis, Ma - 2019 - 4:21 - Documentary
Hadley McPhee
First time filmmaker Hadley McPhee, 80 Pounds is a documentary about a girl who won the battle with anorexia, and herself.
https://youtu.be/6bxGwzpXT1A

CRUSHING IT
Millis, Ma - 2019 - 2:13 - Documentary
TJ Hourigan, Morgan Kane, Abby Miller, Jacquie Mullally
A documentary based on an extraordinary student athlete, Maura Fagan.

 

SEPPUKU
Newton, Ma - 2018 - 4:25 - Live Action
Oliver Ciric, Charles Weinstein, Hedi Skali
Cast: Phillip Baker, Daniel Glickman, Grace Tourtelotte, Alex Chan, Tayo Van Beever
A kid attempts to join a friend group.
https://youtu.be/7-OZcOiHHks

 

THE MORAL OF THE STORY
Hudson, Ma - 2018 - 7:22 - Documentary
Mia Michaeil
We all do things that might be considered wrong or immoral all the time. This documentary goes in depth of what those things might include and follows a specific story of an English teacher and her experience doing something immoral. We do these things so often without even thinking, to the point where it impacts the filmmaker herself.
https://youtu.be/Obfmxqyv5eQ

 

THE PRISON ESCAPE
Natick, Ma - 2018 - 1:42 - Live Action
Caitria Catania, Leah Holtz, Alice Kosterin
A fast-paced and humorous silent film about a prisoner escaping the cell and attempting to flee from the guards.
https://youtu.be/BAkSXHhN0Hk

 

THE ARTIST
Natick, Ma - 2018 - 2:35 - Live Action
Briana Schneekloth, Peter McGinn, Ryan Kaplan, Fifi Schultz
The Artist tells the tale of a painter and her subject. The artist is successful, and people come from far and wide to be subject to her work. However, when they don’t sit still, havoc may ensue.
https://youtu.be/n2escyjgVbU

 

HOW TO: BE A MAN
Needham, Ma - 2018 - 6:36 - Live Action
Ella Friedman, Ben Senior, Aaron Razi, Emma Fallon,
Alexander Crocker, Simon Templar
A 1950's style instructional video on how to live a manly life in a modern world.
https://youtu.be/ocllHmLxVys

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Student Eligibility

In its inaugural year, MWSFF cordially invites high school age residents between the ages of 14 and 19 who are current high school students and live in the following 32 cities and towns of MetroWest Massachusetts:

  • Ashland
  • Bellingham
  • Bolton
  • Carlisle
  • Concord
  • Dover
  • Framingham
  • Franklin
  • Holliston
  • Hopedale
  • Hopkinton
     
  • Hudson
  • Lancaster
  • Lincoln
  • Marlborough
  • Maynard
  • Medfield
  • Medway
  • Milford
  • Millis
  • Natick
  • Needham
     
  • Newton
  • Northborough
  • Sherborn
  • Southborough
  • Stow
  • Sudbury
  • Wayland
  • Wellesley
  • Westborough
  • Weston
Submission Rules

The First Annual MetroWest Student Film Festival will take place in Natick, MA at The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760. Official public screening dates for finalists are tentatively scheduled for April 4-7, 2019. The following rules govern all film submissions to the MetroWest Student Film Festival (“MWSFF” or the “Festival”).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday December 1, 2018
FINAL DEADLINE: Friday, February 1, 2019

  • All filmmakers must be between 14 - 19 years of age at time of submission and be a resident of MetroWest residing or attending high school in one of the following 32 cities and towns of Massachusetts.
  • Submitted films must be original works and filmmakers must be able to provide proof of permission or licensing for any copyrighted materials, music, and/or actors featured in the project to be eligible. Proper on-screen credit for licensed work is also required.
  • Submitted filma must have been produced within the last two years at the time of submission.
  • Filmmakers may submit a maximum of two film entries.
  • Films must utilize non-professional, unpaid actors and production crew only.
  • Film entries will only be accepted using the platform filmfreeway.com.
  • A parent or guardian name and email address must be provided on each entry form. Parent or guardian will receive correspondence regarding the Student Showcase and Awards Night information.
  • Filmmakers must be available to attend the Showcase and Awards event held at the The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) on Sunday April 7th.
     
Video Format & Specifications
  • All films must be submitted electronically through filmfreeway.com. Other means of submission will not be accepted. Incomplete applications or submitting materials that do not adhere to our specifications (see below) will disqualify your entry. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • All entries must be produced within good taste and fit into a rating category of G, PG, or PG-13 as outlined by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Excessive violence or other excessive and/or gratuitous content may disqualify your entry from competition based solely upon MWSFF’s discretion.
  • All entries must credit the whole production team individually and be clear about the role each team member played in the film making process.
  • Films must not exceed 10 minutes in length, including credits.
  • Submitted films must be headed and followed by an appropriate amount of black screen (at least 5 seconds).
  • All non-English language films must have English subtitles.
  • FilmFreeway.com accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB. Videos are transcoded for playback compatibility and performance. FilmFreeway.com recommends using settings close to these output settings:
  • Video Spec: 2200 Kbps, H.264, mp4, Pro Res
  • Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
  • Aspect ratio preserved; maximum video height of 720 pixels
  • 3D stereoscopic films will not be accepted.
  • For more technical information please visit the Filmfreeway Help Center

 

Film Categories & Awards
  • Submission Categories:

    Live Action Short
    Documentary Short
    Animated Short

     

    Awards:

    Outstanding Live Action Short
    Films in this category will be judged as a whole project based on the use of live action techniques - films must include only real people and animals, real sets and scenes and no models or images that are drawn or produced by a computer.

    Outstanding Documentary Short
    Films in this category will be judged as a whole project based on the use of documentary techniques - they should be nonfictional and intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or to provide a factual or historical record or report.

    Outstanding Animated Short
    Films in this category will be judged as a whole project based on the use of animation techniques - films can include individual drawings, paintings, or illustrations photographed frame by frame (stop-motion cinematography) or generated by a computer (2D or 3D), they can also include motion graphics or stop-motion techniques using models or cut-outs.

    Student Choice Award
    The films in this category will be judged as whole project and chosen specifically by students in the Writing Film & Media Arts Program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

 

Review & Selction Process
  • A Film Committee shall be convened of filmmakers, film enthusiasts and film critics from the Massachusetts area. No Film Committee representative shall be affiliated with an educational institution represented by an entry.
  • All entries will be reviewed in their entirety by members of the Film Committee.
  • Films will be reviewed and judged by the individual members of the Film Committee using a standard scorecard. After the final deadline the Committee will review the total scores of all the films in competition and select final films from a group of the top scorers.
  • The film committee reserves the right to change a submission’s entry category when appropriate to do so.
  • Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than March 8, 2019
  • Filmmakers will be notified of the selection or non-selection of their film digitally by email using the email address provided on the entry form so please ensure that your email address is accurate on your application.
  • Accepted filmmakers will receive complimentary tickets to attend the public screening of their entry in the film festival and the final Festival Showcase on April 7th.
  • By accepting inclusion in MWSFF, the filmmaker grants non-exclusive rights to showcase their film in as many screenings as required. This includes the competition screenings and the festival showcase.
  • In addition, MWSFF has non-exclusive rights to repeat the showcases for fundraising purposes. All gross proceeds from ticket sales and concession sales are exclusive property of MWSFF/TCAN.
  • All selected films may be excerpted for publicity purposes. MWSFF reserves the right to promote any film or script to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Festival or TCAN.
  • Submission of 2-3 publicity/production photos and filmmaker headshot are highly recommended.
  • MWSFF is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.