Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Hotchkiss Film Festival. Please carefully read the official submission guidelines below. You may submit as many films as you want, as we’re interested in compiling a diverse and unique collection for the festival. All films will go through a preliminary round of judging for quality control. A selection of 8 to 10 films will be shown to the judges and live audience on the night of the festival. Other noteworthy films that do not make the cut may receive an Honorable Mention certificate. Finalists will be shown on Saturday night before an audience and a panel of judges. Again, thank you for your interest, and we look forward to viewing your submissions.
Fees & Deadlines
***Note: All international submissions (films submitted by students from schools outside the US) are free of charge.
Early Submission: Before March 10th - $5 per film Regular Submission: By April 1st - $8 per film Late Deadline: By April 23rd - $15 per film Really Late Deadline: By May 1st - $18 per film
Please fill out the following online form to submit to the film festival. If you would like to submit your film via DVD, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com directly. Payments should be paid by cash or check to The Hotchkiss School. Mail your payment to Ann Villano, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039
Official Submission Rules
The film must be made by a student (or a group of students) who currently attends high school. No production or distribution company may be affiliated with the film.
The film length must be less than 15 minutes. We encourage films to aim for a film length between three to seven minutes long.
All student films, regardless of their premiere status at other film festivals, may be submitted. We accept any film genre, including but not limited to narrative, documentary, experimental, music video.
The festival will not be held responsible for the unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the film.
All films that contain a language other than english must provide on-screen english subtitles.
The filmmaker must ensure that the submission fee is paid. (Fee is waived for international submissions.)Early submissions are due before March 10th for $5 per film; regular submissions are due before April 1st for $8 per film; final submissions are due by April 23rd for $15 per film. Please pay by cash or check and mail to Ann Villano, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039.
Films may not contain explicit sexual content or other content inappropriate for audiences under age 18.
If the submitter fails to comply with any of the rules above, the festival reserves the right to disqualify any film submitted by the student or teacher.