Hosted by the Historic Plaza Theatre, our goal is to enrich the lives of teens by inspiring them to unlock their true inner potential in the art of creating film, media, and broadcast. The Adena Teen Film Festival encourages students to use their imagination, skills and the art of motion pictures to create an extraordinary piece of cinematic art to share with others.
The film festival is open to middle school and high school students living in the Miamisburg, West Central, Southwest and Miami Valley Ohio regions.
We have partnered with the Miami Valley Communications Council to provide a facility with free educators and equipment rental to students wanting to participate in our film fest.
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Throughout June, the UG Academy of Cinematic Arts’ offers summer film camps at Sinclair College in Mason, Ohio.
The Teen Film Challenge is a 72-hour filmmaking competition exclusively for teenagers (age 13-19).
Entries for the Adena Teen Film Fest will be accepted from January 1, 2020, to May 7th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Entries received outside of the specified time frame will not be eligible for competition.
Entries must meet the following requirements to be eligible for competition.
Please note that entries received outside of Ohio’s Miamisburg, Dayton, or Miami Valley areas WILL NOT be eligible to compete.
The production team must have been in high school or younger while filming the project. Middle school students are eligible to submit.
All music and other copyrighted material (images, videos, etc.) used in the films must be properly licensed. There are various resources that offer free music and images.
All films MUST include closing credits. Music, Images, and Video credits MUST be included in the credits.
Category Time Limits:
All Films MUST meet the category time limits. Films that are longer than the stated times limit will NOT be accepted or eligible for competition. Check the time limits carefully before entering your film.
Announcement of Winners:
Winners will be announced on Monday, September 7, 2020, during the Awards Ceremony at The Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg, Ohio. All accepted film will screen on Monday, September 7, 2020 in Miamisburg.
As determined by the Adena Teen Film Fest in its sole discretion, entries may not contain any content that Original Work. An Entry must be the original work of the Entrant, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.
Proof of Consent. If an Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting such Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by the Festival in the manner set forth in these Terms, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry, music licenses, and location releases. The Adena Teen Film Fest reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to the Festival from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Any Entry not in English must contain English subtitles.
Acknowledgment and Agreement:
By submitting an Entry, the Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Festival may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format, or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest. The Entrant waives any and all claims that any Entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed, and/or used by the Festival may be similar to the Entrant’s Entry, or that any compensation is due to the Entrant in connection with such other Entry or other works used by the Adena Teen Film Fest.
Prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash or subject to substitution. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries and the quality of each specific Entry.
Terms for Winners:
Winners may not request substitutions of prize winnings. All winners are solely responsible for any and all taxes and/or fees as well as all additional costs that may be incurred. If the specified prize becomes unavailable for any reason, the Adena Teen Film Fest in its sole and absolute discretion may substitute a prize of like or equal value. The Adena Teen Film Fest reserves the right to condition the award of prizes upon the execution by the winner(s) of a publicity release. Notwithstanding this reserved right, entry is conclusively deemed to be permission by the Entrant for the Adena Teen Film Fest to use the Entrant’s name (without compensation to the Entrant) if the Entrant is a winner to publicize the Contest and otherwise, as determined by the Adena Teen Film Fest unless prohibited by law. The Adena Teen Film Fest reserves the right to require the winner to execute an affidavit of eligibility as a sworn document and provide other proof of eligibility as a condition of receipt of the prize or award. In the event the winner is a minor, the Adena Teen Film Fest reserves the right to require the minor winner’s parent and/or legal guardian to execute an affidavit of eligibility as a sworn document, provide other proof of eligibility, and guarantee the minor winner’s obligations, representations, and warranties hereunder as a condition of receipt of the prize or award. In the event a winner fails or refuses to execute or provide any required documentation, the Adena Teen Film Fest reserves the right to award the prize or award to a substitute winner at the Adena Teen Film Fest's sole discretion. The Adena Teen Film Fest may require the winner to be present for/participate in press and promotional activities. In addition, the Adena Teen Film Fest may request actors and other participants in the Film to be present for/participate in press and promotional activities and the Entrant shall not direct any such individuals to refuse to so participate.
By submitting an Entry, each Entrant agrees:
(a) to abide by these Terms, and the decisions of the Adena Teen Film Fest, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest;
(b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Adena Teen Film Fest, the Adena Teen Film Fest licensees and assigns, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, and representatives of the foregoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses, and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity and from any and all claims, debts, demands, actions or causes of actions, suits, sums of money, damages, and liabilities of whatsoever kind or nature, which have arisen or may arise as a result of the Released Parties exercise of the rights granted to them as set forth herein;
(c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph/Film, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide, including without limitation, on the Internet, and in perpetuity by the Adena Teen Film Fest and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from the Entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so; and
(d) to hold the Released Parties harmless and to indemnify the Released Parties from and against all costs, expenses, and liabilities incurred by the Released Parties in connection with the defense of any claim or claims on account thereof, including reasonable attorney’s fees. By participating, the Entrant also agrees not to release any publicity or other materials on his/her own or through someone else regarding his/her participation in the Contest without the prior consent of the Adena Teen Film Fest, which it may withhold in its sole discretion. Ownership/Use of Submissions: By submitting an Entry, you hereby grant to the Adena Teen Film Fest a royalty-free, fully paid up, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, combine with other works, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, edit and display such Entry (in whole or part) including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. These rights include, without limitation, the right to exhibit the Entry at the Adena Teen Film Fest and to use the Entry in any and all media including but not limited to the Adena Teen Film Fest social media properties and/or offline media, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to the Entrant or any third party. By submitting an Entry, The Entrant acknowledges that the Adena Teen Film Fest has no obligation to use or post any Entry submitted. Subject to these Terms, the Entrant retains copyright ownership of the Entry. Miscellaneous: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled Entries; or for lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, processing of Entries, the incorrect uploading of an Entry, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an inappropriate or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Terms, as solely determined by the Adena Teen Film Fest, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in the Adena Teen Film Fest sole opinion, compromised by a virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Adena Teen Film Fest, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or submission of Entries, the Adena Teen Film Fest reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, ADENA TEEN FILM FEST RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Terms, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and the Adena Teen Film Fest in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Ohio, without giving effect to any choice of law rules (whether of the State of Ohio or for any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Ohio.
Dates and Deadlines:
Opening Date: January 1, 2020,
Deadline Date: May 7th, 2021
Event Date: June 12th, 2021
Short Narrative Film
Long Narrative Film
Public Service Announcement
Middle School Film
*Please note: Make sure that you review the Rules and Regulations prior to submitting a film.
**ALL FILMS MUST HAVE COMPLETE END CREDITS. Films without credits WILL NOT be accepted.
(90 seconds- 3 minutes)
This category is for a commercial advertisement that previews coming attractions for a film, musical, play, special event or sports season.
This category is for anything that doesn't conform to any of the other categories. The goal is to have fun, be creative and entertaining.
This category is for films that use computer graphics, computer animation, Flash, or stop-frame animation. Be sure your animation tells a story.
This category is for anything you find humorous. Submissions such as parodies and spoofs – popular on YouTube – are accepted.
(15 seconds-1 minute)
This category is for advertisements or promotional pieces. Commercials can include school-related activities as well as commercial products.
This film type takes a non-fiction look at an event, person, place, or thing.
This category enables you to explore in-depth non-fiction films, focusing on a person, place, organization, event, etc.
This category features films that teach or demonstrate. Corporate videos are also included.
This category is for original music or songs in which you have written permission to use. You MUST include CREDITS at the end of the video to recognize the musician or band. Please note that we reserve the right to ask you for proof of permission from the artist.
This category is for films that tell a story – think beginning, middle, end, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution.
This category enables you to explore in-depth stories with developed plots and characters.
This category is for solid broadcast journalism. Stories should effectively communicate the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of a chosen topic. Full Newscasts will NOT be accepted.
(30 seconds- 2 minutes)
This category is for films that raise awareness, change public attitudes, and/or affect behavior towards a social issue.
(up to 8 minutes)
This category is for any type of film created by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
Do you have questions about our festival? Would you like to suggest a program for next year's festival? Send us a message, and we will get back to you soon.
The Historic Plaza Theatre, 33 South Main Street, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342