Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Richards Media Lab Film Festival

All Forms must be completed when film is turned in. Entry form and Team Roster are due by Jan 20th at 11:59pm. 

Team Roster

Waiver Form

Music Release

Team Leader Agreement

Certification Statement

Location Release

Richards Media Lab Film Fest Rules (Official Rules PDF)


Individuals participating in the film fest must be Chadron State College students. Individuals that are related to library staff are not eligible for prizes but can still participate.

To Enter

Individuals or groups who are wanting to enter the Film Fest will fill out a Microsoft Form, which can be found on the CSC Library Website. Download the other documents found on the site and turn them in at the Kick-Off event on January 21st at 6:30pm.

Designated Team Leader

If any group of individuals elects to collaborate on an Entry, they are required to designate one (1) person as the agent of the group to enter the Richards’ Media Lab Film Fest, agree to these Official Rules, sign the Team Leader's Agreement and accept the prize on behalf of the group.

Filmmaking Period

Students participating in the film fest will be given nine days to complete their film. Students will have from January 21st, 2022, through January 30th,2022. Films must be submitted on Sunday, January 30th, between 1p.m. and 3p.m. Any entries after 3p.m. on Sunday will not be accepted.

Required Elements

Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film. These elements are a genre, a character, a prop, library location, and a line of dialogue, which will be announced at the Kick-Off event.

    The required Character must be seen on-screen, and it must be clear--either directly shown or by context--who the required character is.
  • The required Prop must be seen on-screen. A picture of the required prop is also allowed.
  • The required Line of Dialogue must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung and/or written. It may be in any language, though if it is unclear that it is the required line, there must be a translation.
  • The library must be visible in the film at some point. It can be the exterior, any of the rooms that are not offices, or any of the common spaces.
  • To qualify as an Official Entry, each group's film must be in the genre it selects at the Kick-Off event and must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the credits.
  • Films must be turned in on a flash drive/zip drive in .mp4 format.

Film Length

The finished micro-short films must be a minimum of 1 minute in duration, and a maximum of 2 minutes in duration.

The short film must be a minimum of 4 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 7 minutes in duration—not including end credits. There is allowed 60 secs at the end for credits.


The required elements must be in the time span of the film. Elements used in the credits will NOT fulfill the requirements.


The judging panel will be made up of a set of 5 judges. 1 judge from the Music Department, 1 from the Theater Department, the Dean of the Liberal Arts, 1 librarian, and 1 member of the College Relations Team. The films will be scored on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity
  2. Adherence to Genre
  3. Use of Prop
  4. Use of Dialogue
  5. Use of Character
  6. Use of Location
  7. Cinematography
  8. Editing
  9. Audio
  10. Acting

Premier/Awards Ceremony

The films will be premiered February 14th at 7:00pm in Memorial Hall Auditorium. The films will be shown and audience choice award will be tabulated at the end of the viewing during the rest of the awards ceremony. Awards will be given for Best Acting Performance, Best Picture for both micro-short and short film, Best Use of Prop, Best Use of Dialogue, Best Use of Location, Best Use of Character, Best Score, Audience Choice, Best Cinematography, and Best Audio Design.