• PCS Five Minute Film Festival

Congratulations 2019-20 Film Festival winners!

2019-20 Film Festival Winners

    The theme for 2020 Petaluma City Schools' Five Minute Film Festival is "What Lies Beyond". Get a jump start on your films. Petaluma City Schools, through a Petaluma Education Foundation Grant, has digital video equipment kits (DVEKs) available to be checked out by a PCS teacher for student use. Also check out Petaluma Community Access and Apple store for use of professional movie equipment. Good luck! We hope to see you at the movies.

  • PCS Film Festival Guidelines

    • Any length up to 5 minutes - If your film is over 5 minutes (including credits), your film will be disqualified.
    • All submissions must be student-created and abide by Copyright and Fair Use Policy.
    • Films must be school appropriate. No profanity, inappropriate gestures, etc. Think G or PG rating. 
    • Students may submit only one individual film, although additional participation in group submissions is permitted.
    • All films must be uploaded to YouTube.
    • No more than 6 films per teacher. Have a mini-film festival of your own to choose your top 6.

    Thank you to SCOE and Matt O’Donnell for sharing their resources!

    Access the Tools for Making Films that SCOE has compiled for Five-Minute Film Festival participants.



    • 11” x 17” size and in PDF format
    • Poster should reflect film
    • Advertising film - eye-catching
    • Image - drawing, photo, film frame
    • Include title, director’s name
    • Hint - what the film is about

    The link below will give you ideas on how to make your poster.

    View samples pulled from student submissions that can give you ideas for 2019's "Imagine" theme.

    Shooting Star

    Adventures in the Dinoverse




    Tips for Success

    • Create a storyboard
    • Use a tripod
    • If possible use a directional microphone
    • Make sure you abide by the Copyright and Fair Use Policy
    • Follow the rubric to score well
    • Shorter is better - more concise storytelling

    Google Slide

    Watch this Google Slide presentation for more information and tips.


    Students who submit a film for the festival will receive a certificate from Applebee's. Students who are 12 and younger will receive a Mary's Pizza certificate. First prize will be awarded to each of the three age groups, K - 6; 7 - 8; and 9 - 12. Petaluma Boulevard Cinemas movie tickets will be given to the top three winners. 


    Register here. Deadline for all entries (film and poster) is April 5th for 2019.

    Now go create your own story in 5 Minutes or less!


     Thank you to our sponsors!

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  • Save the date! Petaluma City Schools is hosting its 3rd Annual Film Festival. The date is Saturday, April 20th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at the Ellis Auditorium on Petaluma's SRJC campus. This year's theme will be "Imagine". Come see what our students can do with a camera! Event is free although tickets are limited due to the size of the auditorium. Tickets are reserved for top 15 finalists, their families, teacher sponsors and volunteers. For more information on availability of tickets, email mlim@petk12.org.

    Sorry no food is allowed inside this venue.

    Five Minute Film Festival Judges

    Judges from the film industry will critique each of the top 15 films shown at this festival. 


     Jennifer Nash photo  

    Jennifer Nash

    Jennifer Nash is a music supervisor and music editor with over 50 feature film credits including "National Treasure", "All the King's Men", “Pearl Harbor", and "Captain Fantastic".  She co-produced the score on several films including “Hell Or High Water” and “Perks Of Being A Wallflower.”  She worked on the romantic comedy “Book Club” starring Jane Fonda, Andy Garcia, and Diane Keaton.  Jennifer lives Petaluma.


     photo of Kaila Bohler

    Kaila Bohler

    Kaila Bohler is the director of the Sonoma County Student Film Festival for 2 years. She is a student of journalism, digital media and communications at the Santa Rosa Junior College and enjoys making films in her spare time. During her time at SRJC, she works as the Social Media editor for The Oak Leaf News and their Co-editing manager for their quarterly magazine. Kaila will be moving on to San Francisco State in the fall to pursue a career in TV Broadcasting. 


    photo of Noelle Aimee

    Noelle Aimee

    Noelle Aimee (WGA/PGA) is a director/producer, writer and editor who has worked in TV, film, marketing and advertising. She was a founding board member of the Bay Area/Northwest chapter of the Producer’s Guild. She began as a child actor in her uncle’s industrial films. She earned her BA & MFA from USC’s School of Cinema-TV Production program. She won awards for both her films and poetry. She was one of the first people in the world certified as an instructor on Avid Media Composer. Noelle has worked on everything from “Love Connection”; to an Emmy-nominated Disney documentary on Robbie Robertson from The Band; to countless trailers; hours of reality television; as well as a celebrity magic competition reality show with VH-1 starring C. Thomas Howell and Hal Sparks. She recently moved to Petaluma with her family.


    If you can spare the time and want to be sure that you have a seat in the festival, volunteer to help out. That’s right! Seats are limited to the Film Festival. Tickets are reserved for the top 15 finalists, their families, teacher sponsors, judges and volunteers; then the general public will have access to tickets. Contact me at mlim@petk12.org if you want to help and experience the Annual PCS Film Festival. It will be an amazing experience!



    Ticket orders - Priority will be given to the fifteen finalist. The ticket order window for the general public will be open April 16th. Please email mlim@petk12.org with the number of tickets you want (10 ticket limit) and include the names of who will be attending. Seats are limited. It is first come, first served. Tickets will be at will call on the day of the Festival.


    The first annual Petaluma City Schools Film Festival was a success! Thank you to all who submitted entries or supported our filmmakers! The judges were effusive in their praise for the quality of films. Many of our PCS filmmakers show great promise in becoming professional filmmakers!

    Our winners are...

    In the K-4th grade age group:
    Ruby O'Connor, Avery Williams, Pauline Wolfe, 3rd graders from McKinley Elementary School, "Always Imagine".
    Click on the film title below to view the film.
    "Always Imagine" video

    In the 5th-6th grade age group:
    Sofia Alverde, Disha Sharma, Ariana Bustillos, 6th graders from McKinley Elementary School, "In My Head".
    Click on the film title below to view the film.
    "In My Head" video

    In the 7th-12th grade age group:
    Kane Parsons, 8th grader from Kenilworth Junior High, "Late for School".
    Click on the film title below to view the film.
    "Late for School" video

    Congratulations to all the students who submitted a film! The judging panels enjoyed every single one of them! Keep on making the movies. This is how every filmmaker got their start.