Submit a link to your short film, or upload your screenplay. 


  • Short Film

  • Screenplay


For Short Film – Upload Your Video: MP4

For Screenplay: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, ODT

Judging Criteria

Here are general guidelines for this category on the judging criteria used for the 2020 Creative Youth Celebration.

guidelines for short films / screen plays

  • impact: Is there strong dramatic conflict that drives the story?
  • originality / entertainment value: This can mean humor, excitement or originality, or it can mean gripping drama or tender emotion. Why should we want to watch this film? What’s it worth to the audience?
  • strength of characters & dialogue: Does the dialogue move the plot forward, reveal character, and/or entertain the reader/viewer?
  • technical skill: Is the script generally free from errors and submitted correctly under five pages and in standard screenplay format additional submission requirements
    • Film must be no longer than 5 minutes.
    • Film must be acceptable for a general audience.
    • Filmmakers may use their own original music in their film, or they may use music that is copyright-free or public domain.
    • The film must not be plagiarized from other works. o CYC reserves the right to disqualify any film that it deems inappropriate for festival audiences.
    • Your entry must be your original work and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.
    • By submitting your film, you pledge that identifiable people appearing in the film consent to the submission.
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short films / screenplays / treatments

Movies are a masterful form of art, taking the viewer on a journey that is carefully crafted and manipulated by the artist – bringing the narrative to life. Long before the finished product is ready to be unveiled, a tedious writing process is needed to set up the project. The BACF is interested in highlighting both steps of the creative process – writing the screenplay and developing the story in the form of a short film.

Submit original work of your personal creation. Short Films/Screenplays/Treatments must be up to five minutes or five pages in length.

Note, only two submissions per student, per category, are accepted.

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