Spring Film Challenge

The Spring 2018 Film Challenge kicked off Tuesday, March 20 at 5pm in the CITL (Walker 275). Students had just shy of two weeks to make a short film based on their challenge, and the festival screening was held at the Radford Theatre on Tuesday, April 24, starting at 5pm. As always, the event is free and open to the public. The event showcased films by students from Dalton Intermediate School, Radford High School and Radford University.

MANY thanks to our judging panels, CITL staff, Paul Pallante and the Radford Theatre crew, and everyone else who helped make this year's event great. The 2018 festival winners:


Best Costume: Umbrella Man vs. Robo-Man
Best Editing: The Red Scart
Best Performance in a Lead Role: Xavier Hayes, The Murderer From Appletraz
Best Director: Tessa Potter and Maddie Rader, The Love Bug
Best Film: The Love Bug


Best Cinematography: Stephen Mills, You Know What You Did
Best Editing: Noah Scheider, Jack Scott and Will Alderman, Hopper
Best Performance in a Lead Role: Stephen Mills, Old Friends
Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Jack Scott, Hopper
Best Director: Madison Griffin and Trae D. Price, You Know What You Did
Best Film: Stephen Mills (Producer), You Know What You Did

Check out the 2018 updated Spring 2018 Film Challenge OFFICIAL RULES, as well as the Spring 2018 Film Challenge FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. See below for filmmaking resources and a short 'getting started' video.' Please direct questions to citl@radford.edu.


Read the short Film As Curriculum article to learn about interdisciplinary applications of short film.



If you are new to moviemaking or simply need some guidance, check the short video directly below to learn how to get started. In addtition, there are numerous resources further down the page: how-to's, tips and tricks, software tutorials, and related info.

Additional Resources

Producing Your Movie

Vimeo Video School - visit the lessons area to view three short, general tutorials on preparing for, shooting and editing video. Also visit the main area to view other people's short films and to check out their weekend challenges, in case you want to try one for practice.

McConnell Library - students can checkout camcorders, tripods, DSLR cameras, and audio recorders. The default period is three days, and it's a good idea to make a reservation in advance. You might also consider spending some time with the camera you'll be using before you check it out to shoot your movie.

Apple iMovie Tutorial 2017 - a brief, narrated video tutorial on using Apple's iMovie. If you're a Mac user, this is for you. While the latest version differs a bit, most of the features are the same.

Audacity - a really great, freeware audio editor for Windows or Mac. Good for recording voice, mixing multiple tracks together, special audio effects. etc. Click link to download. If you need help getting started, download the Audacity quick reference.

CITL New Media Center - if you need to speak with someone about questions you have or how to do something -- or, if you need access to a computer for editing, then this is the place. Email citl@radford.edu with general questions, or to set up an appointment with one of our staff, or to make a reservation to use a video editing station or learn more about video software.

DSLR video tips - a short document containing tips for using a DSLR camera to shoot video. Anyone with questions can also email citl@radford.edu for info or to set up an appointment to talk about it.

Additional Media

Creative Commons Search - use to search Flickr, Google, SoundCloud, etc., for open-license images and audio to use in your movie.

The Free Sound Project - use to find audio and sound effects for your movie (you have to sign up to download stuff, but it's free).

FindSounds.com - use to find sound effects (household, nature, etc.) to use in your movie. TIP: search for 16-bit/44100 format WAV or AIF files.

The Internet Archive - use to find public domain or open-license media to use in your movie.