Film Studies at the Five Colleges

2016 Five College Student Film and Video Festival

The 2016 Five College Student Film Festival screening will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Room location to be announced.

Submission deadline: 3 p.m. February 11, 2016

To enter a submission go to the:

2016 Film Festival Entry form

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

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 Five 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 held each year during the Spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and faculty members from each campus. Selected works are shown at the festival and awards are given for the best works in designated categories.

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

Prizes awarded:

  • Best Documentary
  • Best Experimental
  • Best Narrative
  • Best Animation
  • Best Dance on Film
  • Best Graduate Student Submission
  • Best of submissions from each campus
  • Best of Festival

Submission Eligibility & Requirements

  • Entries must be submitted by 3:00pm February 11, 2016. 
  • Acceptable screening formats include vimeo links as well as 16mm and Super 8 film prints. Entry submissions for 16mm and Super 8 must be on vimeo links. If you are notified that your entry is selected for the festival, film prints must be delivered to the Student Director by 5:00pm on the Monday before the festival screening event.
  • Acceptable submission formats include: online through Vimeo, or on DVD. 
    • For submitting on Vimeo (highly recommended):
      • Very simple instructions for compressing, exporting, and uploading your video on Vimeo can be found here: 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:
        • Amherst: Academic Technology Services (ATS), Seeley Mudd 110
        • Hampshire: Media Services
        • Mt. Holyoke: Art Department Office, Art Building Room 201
        • Smith: Center for Media Production, Alumnae Gymnasium Basement
        • UMass: Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies Office
  • 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 at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College or the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • $5 application fee (per entry) must be paid through PayPal. You will be prompted to pay when submitting the entry 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.