Check out our summary video!

Who can submit to STARTFEST?

Student currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary educational institution are welcome to participate in [STARTFEST]

What can be submitted to STARTFEST?

There are 7 different categories!


The rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. (1 - 30 Min)


A film or video presenting the facts about a person or event emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without insertion of fictional matter. (1 - 30 Min)


A range of filmmaking styles that are generally quite different from, and often opposed to, the practices of mainstream commercial and documentary filmmaking. (1 - 30 Min)

Music Video

A short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music/song. (1 -8 Min)

Narrative Short

A live-action short film. Elements can be computer generated effects or animations. (1 - 30 Min)

News/Sports Package

A self-contained news/sports report. (1 - 8 Min)


The abbreviation for Public Service Video, being a notice or warning published for community benefit. (30 Seconds - 8 Min)

LEGALLY your submission must be an original work created by you, and your fellow students, in its entirety. Meaning any copyrighted, or protected material such as music, logos, artwork etc. is prohibited UNLESS you can provide paperwork stating permission for use.

How is STARTFEST judged?

Our scoring in a nutshell!

How we critique our submissions is what really separates us from any other video contest or film festival out there. We want to give our participants a thorough, transparent, and easy to understand system that will not only give constructive criticism, but also provide positive re-enforcement. We asked ourselves, “How can we take something so subjective, like a film, and turn it into something so objective, like a number?” The answer is the “box” system.  

Each film will be dissected into 5 “captions”






Within the Lighting, Audio, Cinematography and Editing captions, the judges will ask themselves, "Does the [CAPTION] in this video help tell the story?"

To answer this question, and help solidify a score, the judge will refer to a series of 5 “boxes”

Box 1:

Never or Almost Never

Box 2:


Box 3:


Box 4:


Box 5:

Always or Almost Always

For the Script caption, judges will evaluate the submissions based on effectiveness by answering this question, "How effective is the script?"

To answer this question, once again the judge will refer to a series of 5 “boxes”  

Box 1:

Not Effective

Box 2:

Slightly Effective

Box 3:

Somewhat Effective

Box 4:


Box 5:

Highly Effective

Within each box is a range of numbers the judges will utilize to score the submission:

  • Box 1: 1-4
  • Box 2: 5-8
  • Box 3: 9-12
  • Box 4: 13-16
  • Box 5: 17-20

The judge will assign a number for each caption. The caption scores will be tallied, any penalties will be assessed and the final score will be revealed.


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