Films will be accepted from September 5, 2019 through February 24, 2020. All submissions must be hand-delivered to the front office of Millburn Middle School or Millburn High School by 3:00 p.m. on February 24, 2020.

After you have thoroughly read the rules and guidelines below, click the Submission Form box to begin your Millburn Film Fest application.


Official Rules & Guidelines for Regular Submissions


To submit, you must be a full-time student enrolled in Millburn High School or Millburn Middle School for the academic year and have played a major role (e.g. director, writer, editor, cinematographer) in creating the film.

The film must be entirely student produced. Adults (industry professionals, faculty, parents, guardians, or anyone over the age of 19) may only assist in an advisory capacity or as an actor/documentary subject.

The film must have been completed between January 1st of the prior calendar year and the festival submission deadline (e.g., for the 2019 festival, the film must have been completed between January 1, 2018 and February 25, 2019).

A single student may submit no more than two films in which they played one or more of the following roles: producer, director, writer, cinematographer, or editor.   


Film Content & Length

Submitted films must be no shorter than two (2) minutes and no more than fifteen (15) minutes in length.

All scenes should be suitable for family viewing, equivalent to a G or PG rating. Films with gratuitous obscenity or violence, or whose subjects are in poor taste, will be disqualified.

Films not in English must be clearly subtitled or dubbed into English.

It is recommended that filmmakers use original or copyright-free music for soundtracks.

Music videos must contain original music for which you have been granted copyright use by the artist. Please submit the artist’s release with your submission form.

Films must be the student’s own original work. We do not accept re-edited versions of videos not shot by you. At least 90% of the footage should be original; if any portion of the film incorporates an outside source (e.g., news footage), the submission must be accompanied by permission to use the footage.

How to Submit

Each entry must be accompanied by an online Submission Form.

Films must be submitted on a flash drive or SD card in a full resolution .mov file. This format is mandatory. (Please keep in mind that flash drives or SD cards will not be returned.) If you wish, you may forward an online link to in addition to the required format.

A single student may submit no more than two films. If submitting two films, please submit each film on a separate flash drive or SD card and complete a separate online Submission Form for each one.

Checklist and Delivery:

  1. Complete the online Submission Form.
  2. Label your flash drive/SD card and attach a note detailing your name and film title, as well as music or video release forms, if applicable. (Keep an actor/location release for your own records.)
  3. Enclose the flash drive/SD card, note with name and film title, and any release forms in an envelope marked “2020 Millburn Film Fest”.
  4. Envelopes must be delivered to the front office of Millburn Middle School or Millburn High School by 3:00 p.m. on February 24, 2020.

If other arrangements are needed, contact us at

Judges & Judging Criteria

The judging panel is comprised of at least four individuals drawn from the following areas: Millburn School Distrist faculty or staff; film, theater, or media professionals; residents of Millburn/Short Hills. The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills has sole discretion to appoint judges.

Judges will evaluate submitted films on the basis of: 1) story, including originality and creativity, 2) production values, such as quality and complexity of camera work, editing, lighting, sound, etc., and 3) overall impression.

Selecting a Winner

The panel of judges will use its best efforts to select the winning films. Judges are not required to select any winning films and may select no winning films if they decide, in their sole discretion, that no films meet the Millburn Film Fest’s criteria or objectives. If a film is disqualified, the Millburn Film Fest may, but is not required to, select an alternate winner.

Winning films will be showcased at the Millburn Film Fest in April or such other time as scheduled by the Millburn Film Fest. In the event that unforeseen circumstances reasonably require cancellation of the Film Fest for any reason, the Millburn Film Fest will so advise the entrants and shall have no liability as a result thereof.

Notification of Winning Films

Winning filmmakers will be contacted by email in late March.


In submitting your entry, you and your parent/guardian are assuming all copyright liability thereof. Written verification of copyrights for the submitted film(s) should be submitted to the Millburn Film Fest by the festival submission deadline.

In addition, by submitting a film to the Millburn Film Fest you and your parent/guardian give the Millburn Public School System, The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, and the Millburn Film Fest unlimited rights to use your Creative Works (i.e., film, videos, flash drives and DVDs; still photographs; artwork in any medium; voice recordings; written work; pictures in any medium; and any other original work), or any portion thereof, for screenings and in promotional materials at any time, and to publish in print, electronic, or digital form in perpetuity.

By submitting this film you further agree that the Millburn Public School System, the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, and the Millburn Film Fest have the right to use your name and Creative Works for public relations, public information, student recognition or awards, instruction, distribution or sales where the proceeds benefit the Millburn Public School System, The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, or the Millburn Film Fest.