Gold Reel Student Film Festival

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What is the Gold Reel Student Film Festival?

The Gold Reel Student Film Festival is a celebration of student filmmaking presented by the Film Club at UNC Charlotte. Students from all over the world submit films and screenplays in several categories for a chance to be shown at our annual event in April. We want to provide an opportunity for our community of filmmakers to connect with and learn from one another.

What categories of films are shown?

The categories for the festival include :

  • Short Form Narrative – (5 Minutes or Less)
  • Long Form Narrative – (5-15 Minutes)
  • Music Video
  • Documentary Short
  • Animation/Experimental Short
  • Screenplays (5-15 Pages)
  • New for 2015: Mobile (More Information to Be Announced)

When and where is the festival?

April 4th, 2015 at 5:00 in McKnight Hall at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte .

Is there a charge for admission to the festival?

There is no charge to attend the festival. All are welcome!

What are the rules and guidelines for the submitting a film or screenplay?

Film Submission Rules and Information:

    • Films will only be accepted if they are submitted by a college student (Undergraduate and Graduate). To confirm this you must submit with your student email address (.edu).
    • Films must be accepted online through a video player website link (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). We no longer accept physical submissions.
    • You can only submit up to 5 short films. 
    • Submissions will be accepted from January 1st to February 9th. No exceptions.
    • If your film has been accepted to be shown at the Gold Reel Student Film Festival you will be contacted by email on March 1st. If your film was not accepted you will also be contacted on this date.
    • If accepted:
      • You will receive V.I.P. Seating for you and one additional guest.
      • You will have interview opportunities for online festival content.
      • You receive a Nomination Certificate.
      • Your film as well as your cast and crew could win additional awards during our awards presentation. These could include best of categories, best of show, best directing, best performance, etc. You will be notified of the specific nominations.

Screenplay Rules and Information:

  • Screenplays will only be accepted if they are submitted by a college student. To confirm this you must submit with your student email address (.edu). 
  • Screenplays must be submitted by the form or email. We no longer accept physical submissions.
  • Screenplays must be between 5-15 pages. No more, no less! Your screenplay should be proofread and be in a screenwriting format before submitting.
  • You can only submit up to 3 screenplays. 
  • Submissions will be accepted from January 1st to February 9th. No exceptions.
  • If your screenplay is selected to be performed and filmed at the Gold Reel Student Film Festival you will be contacted by email on March 1st to discuss the details of this process. If your screenplay was not accepted you will also be contacted on this date.
  • If accepted:
    • Your screenplay will be read and recorded to screen at the Gold Reel Student Film Festival. (Additional Details to Come Soon)
    • You will receive V.I.P. Seating for you and one additional guest.
    • You will have interview opportunities for online festival content.
    • You receive a Nomination Certificate.
    • Your screenplay could win an additional award during our awards presentation.

Is there a cost to submit?

There is no submission fee! It is completely free to submit films to the Gold Reel Student Film Festival.

How do I submit?

  • Films must be submitted by filling out the film submission form at: http://bit.ly/goldreelfilm2015
  • Screenplays can be submitted in two ways:
    • By using the screenplay submission form at: http://goo.gl/cf0X62
    • By sending an email to rstingf@uncc.edu and pwisniew@uncc.edu with your name or your name and the names of your other screenwriters, screenplay title, a 100 words or less description of your screenplay, and the attached screenplay.

If you any additional questions email us at rstringf@uncc.edu or pwisniew@uncc.edu.

More details will be coming soon. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

7 thoughts on “Gold Reel Student Film Festival

  1. Hi guys, accidentally submitted my long form narrative with the digital screenplay link. Corrected it and submitted it properly, please disregard the screenplay submission. Thanks! -Kevin

  2. Hey, there is an issue with your submission form. If I choose the category “Short-Form Narrative” it stops me from submitting as if I failed to select a category. This glitch happens in Chrome and Internet Explorer.

  3. Hi there, I submitted two films for the Short-Form Narrative section via Digital Submission. There was not a space for me to input the vimeo links. Is there an email address I can send those links to? Thanks!

    • Please check the form again. If it does not show up, hold CTRL + F5 and the page will completely refresh, showing the box to upload your submissions. Thank you for participating!

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