Film Studies at the Five Colleges

2014 Five College Student Film and Video Festival


The 2014 Five College Student Film and Video Festival will take place on Friday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Amherst College's Stirn Auditorium.

Prizes will be awarded for best film of the festival, best film in each category and best of each campus. 

Here is a link to this year's festival trailer.

The Festival

The Five College Student Film and Video Festival is an annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. Founded in 1994, the festival has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate, and share their productions with their peers and with the college film community.

Students from each of the Five Colleges organize the festival with the assistance of a Student Director from the host college and a faculty advisor. The festival, which is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, is a competitive event held at the end of the spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and film faculty from each of the Five Colleges. Selected works are shown at the festival and awards are given for the best works in designated categories.

Entry Deadline and Event Information

The submission deadline for the 2014 festival is Friday, February 14th at 3:00 p.m.

The submission period is now closed.

Entry categories include documentary, experimental, narrative, animation, dance on camera and a separate graduate category.

Cash prizes are awarded to the top ranked entries for:

  • each category
  • the winner from each of the Five Colleges
  • the Grand Prize Winner of the Festival

Eligibility Requirements and Dropoff Locations

Eligibility Requirements and Dropoff Locations

  • Acceptable formats include: online through Vimeo and on DVD.
    • For submitting on Vimeo (highly recommended):
      • Very simple instructions for compressing, exporting, and uploading your video on Vimeo can be found here: http://vimeo.com/help/compression. You can also go to your campus media services desk for help. (ATS at Amherst, Media Lab at Hampshire, Media Services at MHC, Center for Media Production at Smith, OIT at UMass.)
      • Remember to click the box that will allow us to DOWNLOAD your video from Vimeo! You can do this under SETTINGS/PRIVACY. If you do not do this, YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED as we will not be able to screen it.
      • Also remember to include your name, the title of your piece, and the total running time on the Vimeo page.
    • For submitting on DVD (only recommended for longer works): 
      • Please verify that your DVD plays on all systems.
      • Please CLEARLY LABEL your entry with your name, your email address, the title of the work, and the total running time.
      • You may submit DVD entries at the locations listed below.
  • Length: The festival is not able to screen works longer than 20 minutes. However, you may submit an excerpt from a longer work as long as that excerpt is 20 minutes or under.
  • This is a competitive festival; submission does not mean that your work will be screened at the festival. A jury will watch all of the submissions and decide what represents the best work submitted, taking into account the equipment and classes available on each campus. You will be notified by email if your work has been accepted for screening at the festival.
  • Submissions can only be made by students currently enrolled in one of the five colleges and alumni who have graduated 2013.
  • $5 application fee (per entry) must be paid through PayPal. You will be prompted to pay on the next page of this form.
  • Submissions will only be screened if the fee has been paid.
  • Students may submit up to two works, but we can only select one piece per student. You must pay the $5 application fee for each work submitted.

Drop-off locations
Each school will have application forms and a collection box for your labeled work, fee, and completed entry form, in the following locations. (Please check each location for available drop-off hours.):

  • Amherst College: Academic Technology Services (ATS), Seeley Mudd 110
  • Hampshire College: Film/Photo equipment booth, Jerome Liebling Center
  • Mount Holyoke College: Art Department Office, Art Building Room 201
  • Smith College: Center for Media Production
  • UMass Amherst: Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies Office, 129 Herter Annex

Information about past festivals

2013 Five College Film Festival

The 2013 festival screening and award ceremony took place on February 22 at Mount Holyoke College and featured 15 films selected out of almost 90 submissions from all Five Colleges. 

The prizewinners were:

Best of Fest, Best Documentary, Best of Hampshire: Erick Msumanje, Hampshire College

Best Narrative, Best of Smith: Katarina Neskovic, Smith College

Best Animation: Xiaohan Lu, Hampshire College

Best Experimental: Sasha Hsuczyk, Hampshire College

Best of UMASS: Rory Sayce, UMass

Best of Amherst: Matthew Hartzler, Amherst College

Best of Mount Holyoke: Jamie Theophilos, Mount Holyoke College

See the festival trailer here.

The 2012 festival screening and award ceremony took place on February 24, 2012 at Smith College.

The 2011 festival screening and award ceremony took place at 7:00 pm Friday, February 25, 2011 in the Main Lecture Hall at Hampshire College. View the winners (including clips) of the 2011 film & video festival.

The 2010 festival screening and award ceremony took place at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2010 at Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College. View the winners (including clips) of the 2010 film & video festival and also view the trailer for the 2010 festival.

The 2009 festival screening and award ceremony took place Friday, February 27, 2009, 7-10 p.m., at Thompson Hall 104, UMass Amherst.View a list of winning entries from the 2009 Festival.

The 2008 festival screening and award ceremony took place on February 29 in Stoddard Hall Auditorium at Smith College. View a list of winners, including clips of some of the work from the 2008 festival.

The 2007 festival screening and award ceremony took place on May 11 in Stirn Auditorium at Smith College. View a list of winners, including clips of some of the work from the 2007 festival.