Michigan 4-H Film Festival

Date: December 19, 2013 - February 21, 2014
Location: Online
Contact: Danielle Hampton-Abrams, 313-412-2616 Ext. 108, hampto84@msu.edu

Festival description
Unlike many film festivals, the Michigan 4-H Film Festival will take place entirely online. All videos will be submitted to the Michigan Filmmaker YouTube channel. Participants are encouraged to share links to their videos to increase viewership and votes. Videos receiving the most “likes” on YouTube will receive the Social Media Award.

Participants will compete to win awards in their specific categories. A jury of Michigan State University Extension staff and volunteers will view and judge all videos. Individuals who have submitted videos will not be eligible to participate on the jury committee. If you submit your video as part of your participation in the Samsung Scholars program, it must be connected to STEM (science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics) content.

All filmmakers will compete with other participants in their age group. There are three age categories: 13 and under, 14 – 17, and 18 and older.

Submission deadline
All videos must be submitted to the Michigan Filmmaker YouTube channel by Feb. 21, 2014, at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Late submissions will not be accepted.


  • Submit each video into only one category:
  • Narrative Short – Videos in this category must be 10 minutes or less and tell a story with a beginning, middle and end.
  • Documentary Short – Videos in this category must be 10 minutes or less, contain nonfictional content and include at least one interview.
  • Revolution of Responsibility – Videos in this category must follow the Revolution of Responsibility format and feature a 4-H member or a 4-H club. For more information, please see the “Revolution of Responsibility Guidelines.”
  • 4-H Commercial – Videos in this category must be 2 minutes or less and must promote the experience of being a 4-H member or volunteer. Videos should share with the public the reasons they should join 4-H.


  • Enter each video in one category only.
  • All music and other copyrighted material used in videos must be properly licensed. Please read “More about copyright and permission.”
  • All videos must be in English or subtitled in English.
  • At least one crew member must be a current 4-H youth member or 4-H volunteer. (A 4-H volunteer is an adult who has applied for and gone through the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process.)
  • If you have limited experience with video production, but want to use this as an opportunity to grow your skill set, you can participate in the self-paced course online

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