CMA Film Festival

The College Media Association Film Festival is designed to encourage and promote excellence in student video work by showing examples of top-notch projects in several categories. Those shown at the film festival at the Fall Convention will receive an award for their selection.


  • Short Documentary: Non-fiction videos 3-10 minutes in length
  • Long Documentary: Non-fiction video 10-30 minutes in length
  • Creative: Short films under 7 minutes in length
  • Video News Package: A short news package designed for broadcast or web distribution. Maximum length: 120 seconds.
  • Video Sports Package: A short sports package designed for broadcast or web distribution. Maximum length: 120 seconds.
  • Video Feature Package: A short feature package designed for broadcast or web distribution. Maximum length: 120 seconds.
  • Video Newscast: Up to 30 minutes in length (one entry per college)
  • Promotional Video: Created onsite at the Fall Convention, entries must be between 30-60 seconds. Entrants will be provided with stills and video of the following year's convention location to incorporate with their own footage when making their promo video entry.
  • Animation (any length): Creative, fictional animation. May be combined with real action.
  • Audio Documentary: Non-fictional audio story, expository in nature. (Please submit no more than 30 minutes for consideration by the judges.)
  • Audio Creative Performance: Creative audio performance intended to entertain. May include segments of performance by DJs and other audio performers.
  • Promotional Audio: On-site creation of a 30-60 second audio clip to promote CMA 2019. The promotional audio must be compiled and edited during the convention.


All work must be completely produced by college students, and all entries (except promotional entries) must have been completed after Sept. 1, 2017. For the promotional videos, you must be a paid registrant at the Fall Convention. Attendance at the convention for other film festival entrants is encouraged but not required.


All submissions will be ranked according to, but not limited to, the following guidelines: Presentation, technical proficiency of video and audio production, proper file submission, ethical considerations and deadline. All productions must be 100% original and 100% student produced.


For documentary, creative, video, animation and other non-promotional categories: Friday, Sep. 28, 2018 at midnight.

Promotional video and audio deadline: Friday, Oct. 26, between 11-noon at a booth next to the registration table, via flash drive or hard drive.

Submission Guidelines

All entries, including the promotional video, must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee. Promotional videos must be submitted in person via flash drive or hard drive from 11-noon Friday Oct. 26 next to the registration booth. All other submissions must be turned in via Google Drive:

  1. Use an existing Gmail account or set up a new one
  2. Create a folder with your name and entry type (ex: SmithLongDoc).
  3. Upload your file to the folder
  4. Send an invitation to share your folder with Tom Grant ( or Paul Glover (

All submissions must be

  • Smaller than 5 GB
  • File type .mov, .mp4 or .m4v
  • Audio entries should be .mp3

By uploading/submitting your files, you agree to the following:

  1. The video may be shown at the Film Festival Screening at the convention
  2. The video may be uploaded to the CMA film festival website for others to see
  3. The promotional/audio video may be used by CMA in various venues and on the web
  4. All the work was completed by students
  5. The video was completed between Sept. 1, 2017 and Oct. 26, 2018.

Film Festival Screening

The winners will be announced and winning films will be shown during the convention. The top winners in each category will be given a plaque.

Each of the winning entries may be shown at the film festival, though time restrictions may require that only excerpts of longer entries can be shown.

The judges will be professionals in the field. All awards are chosen at the discretion of the judges. Categories may be combined or expanded, if needed, and an entry may be moved into another category if it does not appear to fit the criteria for the original category.