Film Festival Categories

There are four levels of Festival competition: Elementary, Middle, High School, and Teacher. Students will only compete against other students in their grade level category.
​There are six film categories and a poster contest participants may enter:

  1. Short Film (5 minutes or less)
  2. Documentary (5 minutes or less)
  3. Animation (3 minutes or less)
  4. PSA (1 minute or less)
  5. Newscast (5 minutes or less)

     6.    Teacher Film (any category)

​*Note: The Annual Canyons District Film Festival is open to Canyons School District students and teachers.

SHORT FILM

Length: 5 minutes or less
Definition: Fictional video made on any topic.  Storyline, setting and characters can be based on real people, places and events but are fictional in nature.
Examples: Young Sloppy Brush, Fwd: FORWARD

DOCUMENTARY

Length: 5 minutes or less
Definition: A movie that provides a factual record or report
Examples: My Veteran “E”, Burrito Project: SLC

ANIMATION

Length: 3 minutes or less
Definition: Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. – Wikipedia
Examples: The Cloning Machine, Skittles Magic

PSA

Length: 1 minute or less
Definition: A Public Service Announcement (PSA) is an advertisement broadcast for the public interest. PSAs are intended to modify public attitudes by raising awareness about specific issues. – Wikipedia
Examples: Rabies Awareness, 80’s Anti-Drug Commercial

NEWSCAST

Length: 5 minutes or less
Definition: A radio or television broadcast of news reports.
Example: The Falcon Report

TEACHER FILM

Length: See categories above
Definition: A film created by a classroom teacher.
This film can fall under any of the five categories listed above.  Students in the teacher’s class can be used in the film.
Example: To Act or Not To Act

POSTER

Click here for more information about participating in the Film Festival poster contest.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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