Spring Film Challenge

The Spring 2018 Film Challenge will kick off on Tuesday, March 20 at 5pm in the CITL (Walker 275). The festival screening at the Radford Theatre will be held in April, date to be announced soon! Participants must come to the kick-off to receive a challenge, after which they'll have until Friday, March 30, at 5pm to submit their film. Area high school participants will hold parallel kick-offs at their respective schools.

NOTE: The rules have undergone changes for 2018, PLEASE DOWNLOAD A NEW COPY.

In the meantime: the 2017 Spring Film Challenge was our biggest event yet! Check out the amazing 'Super Crayon' (First Place, high school division) and 'Their Names Are Nick And Danny' (Best Production and Best Concept, university division) above! 

The 2017 festival winners:

HIGH SCHOOL (prop: purple crayon, line: 'If You Don't Think, You Shouldn't Talk):

Third Place: Lucky Crayon
Second Place: 50 Shades Of Purple
First Place: Super Crayon
Best Use Of Required Line: The Broken Crayon

UNIVERSITY (prop: bird picture, line: what we have got here is failure to communicate):

Best Use Of Required Prop: Birdwatcher
Best Use Or Delivery of Required Line: Intervening
Best Sound Design: Grudge
Best Cinematography: Grudge
Best Concept: Their Names Are Nick And Danny
Best Performance By An Actor, Actress or Non-Gender-Specific Avian: Tyler Leigh, Birdwatcher
Best Production: Their Names Are Nick And Danny

Check out the 2017 updated OFFICIAL RULES, as well as FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. See below for filmmaking resources and a short 'getting started' video.' Please direct questions to citl@radford.edu.

Filmmakers can view the judging SCORE CARD to see how films will be evaluated.


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 (contact the Front Desk). 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 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.