• PCS Five Minute Film Festival

  • 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.
    • 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.

     image of film festival rubric



    • 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.

    Attack of Monster Zero
    Cupcake Conquest
    Lessons From the Pitch

    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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    The theme for 2019 Petaluma City Schools' Five Minute Film Festival is "Imagine". 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.


    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:
    Lydia Louviere and Audrey Johnson, 4th graders from McKinley Elementary School, "The Effects of Pollution".
    Click on the film title below to view the film.
    "The Effects of Pollution" video

    In the 5th-6th grade age group:
    Elan Sawyer and Cannon Brewer, 6th graders from McKinley Elementary School, "Blue".
    Click on the film title below to view the film.
    "Blue" video

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