Entry Guide

This guide, available online and as a pdf download, outlines all the important information for submitting a film to the Parkway Digital Film Festival. This, in conjunction with the other information found on the Creation page, will get you started in your creation process.

Entry Guidelines
Categories & Purpose
Production Types
Content & Organization
Technical Quality

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Entry Guidelines

1. All entries must be original student work, tied to a curricular area of study and be 2 minutes or less, not including credits. Films entered as in PSA category must be 1 minutes or less, not including the credits. Faculty or parent guidance and instruction are acceptable. As much as possible, the planning, production, and operation of equipment should be the work of the student. Entries may be produced by an individual student, a group, a class, or a club.

2. All entries will be submitted by a teacher. The teacher will be responsible for first uploading the entry to Parkway Digital. Then the teacher will complete the Film Festival Entry Form before the designated deadline. NOTE: The entry form cannot be submitted prior to the uploading of the film.

3. Any visual or audio material (music, video, photographs, clip art, etc.) must be student created or copy right free. A quick reference list of resources may be found on the TIS web site.

4. The student(s) must give credit to the producer(s) of images, music, and information used in the production. Credits should be included in the final graphics for each submitted entry.

5. The complete names of all students and teachers who participated in creating the project must be included on the entry form. NOTE: The sponsoring teacher will verify that the credits at the end of the film reflect the parental permission 1005 form (Consent for Publication of Student Information) in terms of first and last names.

6. Prior to a teacher uploading an entry to Parkway Digital, each student involved must have the completed Consent for Publication of Student Information Form 1005 on file with the school. These releases are required to publically display video on the Parkway Digital Website.

7.Entries submitted to this festival cannot have been entered in a previous Parkway Digital Film Festival and must be original works from the current school year.

8.Any film not in the English language must have subtitles included in the video.

9. Entries must be submitted between January 3rd and March 30th, 2012.

10. The teacher may choose no more than 2 videos from any one given unit of study or project to be uploaded as an entry in the Parkway Digital Film Festival. These submissions are at the teacher's discretion based on project criteria. Please feel free to upload and share all of your videos through Parkway Digital, but only tag your top 2 videos for the film festival.

11. The Parkway Digital Film Festival committee is not responsible for lost, damaged, or non-functioning entries.

Categories & Purpose


The purpose of an instructional piece is to teach. Excellent entries in this category go beyond simply presenting facts. Examples include: tutorials, teaching tools, and interactive games with assessment.


The purpose of an informational piece is to present a factual view of a topic or issue, without the bias of persuasion or opinions. Examples include: news programs or biographies.


The purpose of a documentary is to convey an actual event or topic beyond the scope of a typical news story. It should reflect serious research and present facts objectively without fictional matter.


The purpose of a persuasive piece is to present an idea, product, concept, organization or individual in a credible way, so as to change public opinion and/or encourage audience approval, support or participation. Examples include: Advertising, Public Service Announcements, and Movie Trailers. Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are 30 to 60 second messages designed to change public opinion, actions, or feelings.


The purpose of a story piece is to tell a story, whether serious or lighthearted, fictional or non-fictional. Examples include: comedies, dramas, pieces inspired by novels or short stories and student/family experiences.

Production Types

Live Action

The Live Action production type includes full motion productions that generally have on-screen talent in the form of actors, instructors, hosts, or narrators. Often, a computer will be used for titles, credits, overlays, and editing.


An Animation includes drawn images, clay models, and/or real-life models that are animated to create the illusion of movement. If a piece integrates live action and animation, it should be submitted under the animation production type. Famous examples of integrated animation are the 1945 Gene Kelly film, Anchors Aweigh, and 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Sequential Stills

A Sequential Stills production is a series of images with text, music, video clips and/or narration added. The order that the stills are viewed is fixed by the producer often, sequential stills pieces are created in software like Microsoft PhotoStory or Pixie 2.

Photographic Video Essay

A photographic essay involves the organization of a number of original images or digital art on a single theme in which the images and music speak for themselves. It gives a deeper, fuller, more rounded, more intense view of the subject than any single image or piece of digital art could.

Video Podcast

A video podcast is a digital video program that can be downloaded and played on a computer or digital player. A podcast can be a stand-alone item or one of a series, though only one of the series should be submitted.

Content & Organization


Provides fresh, meaningful, and interesting insights into the subject of the production.

Emotional Impact/Attitude

Heightens viewer attention and interest through the use of narrative and storytelling techniques. Touches human emotions or feelings. Has a strong effect. Most Podcasts should have a professional serious attitude throughout (Humor is great, but just being silly, isn't).


Achieves the stated purpose and includes evidence of transfer of knowledge and higher order thinking skills.


Shows clear and obvious planning through all parts of the production.


Shows that the information or story is paced and developed in a way that keeps viewers interested and helps them understand the meaning.

Technical Quality

Visual/Emotional Impact

Heightens viewer attention and interest. Touches human emotions or feelings. Has a strong visual effect.


Onscreen text is correct.


The image is clear, and the lighting is appropriate for the desired mood.

Camera Techniques

The angle of the shot is effective in showing the subject and action appropriately. A tripod was used if it was needed.


The elements within a scene (the main subject, supporting subjects, foreground and background) are arranged in a pleasing way. The images, graphics, and fonts are clear. The color palette and the contrasts between dark and light are appropriate for the desired mood.


Background music and sound effects balance with speaking voices, and are appropriate to content. There is a minimum of hiss and extra noises. Speaking voices are clear and easy to understand.

Vocal Quality

The vocal performers speak clearly, and at an appropriate speed. They are lively and enthusiastic.


Scene changes are smooth and appropriately placed. Cuts/transitions used are appropriate and do not distract the audience. Images are appropriate, easily understood, and add useful information.


The narration and visuals move at a suitable pace. Length is right for the amount of information (not too short, not too long). Animated objects move smoothly.

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