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Monarch Short-Film Festival

February 17, Friday, University Theatre, 7:00pm-9:00pm

The Monarch Short-Film Festival will have its first edition this 2022-2023 academic year. This annual event will showcase and highlight the work of ODU Film Students and Alumni*. The Festival is a competitive event where members of a jury will individually watch and assign points (1-10) to each of the movies submitted. It will end with an award ceremony-evening-event where the top scoring movies (as determined by the points assigned by the jury) will be screened to the audience, and the movie winners of the event will be announced and awarded. Best Student Film (overall) and Best Student Film by popular vote will be awarded during the event ceremony on February 17, 2023.

*ODU Alumni may only submit and compete in the alumni category.

Dates and Deadlines

Opening for submissions: October 31, 2022

Deadlines for submissions: January 30, 2023

Notification of selections: February 10, 2023

Film Festival Event Evening: February 17, 2023

How to Submit a Film

Complete entry on FilmFreeway using the link: https://filmfreeway.com/MonarchShort-FilmFestival

* FilmFreeway allows you to submit a Secure Online Screener. Please log on to the website, set up an account or login into your existing account, and follow the instructions to submit your film to Monarch Short-Film festival directly via the website. From there, your submission will be processed and assigned to the Monarch Short-Film Festival organizers.

* Submissions must be uploaded and submitted no later than the deadline date (by 11:59 pm EST, January 30, 2023) to enter the festival.

Awards and Prizes

* Best Student Film (enrolled students only)

* Best Student Film by Popular Vote (enrolled students only)

* Best Short-Fiction Film (enrolled students only)

* Best Short-Documentary (enrolled students only)

* Best Short-Animation (enrolled students only)

* Best Short-Film Alumni

Rules and Terms

  • Date of Production: Films must have been completed between 1 January 2022 and January 30, 2023.
  • Duration: 20 minutes or less
  • Categories for Submission:
  • Short-Fiction Film (enrolled students only)
    • Short-Documentary (enrolled students only)
    • Short-Animation (enrolled students only)
    • Short-Film Alumni

Jury, Voting and Prize Awarding

The members of the jury view all short-films entered and mark all entries 10, 9, 8, 7, or 6 with the guidelines of 10 (excellent), 8 (good), 7 (fair) or 6 (poor). The movies receiving the highest number of points in each category (Short-Fiction, Short-Documentary, Short-Animation and Short-Film Alumni) are awarded the top prizes. The film with the highest number of points overall (between the Short-Fiction, Short-Documentary and Short-Animation categories) is awarded the Best Student Film Overall. The movies with the highest number of points in each category are screened during the Festival Award Ceremony, and the audience in attendance will vote on site to award a Best Student Film Overall by Popular Vote (Short-Film Alumni does not compete in this category).


For questions or more information on this event, please contact filmshowcase@odu.edu.

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