5 Minute Film Festival gives Lipscomb students chance to win up to $3,000 in cash and prizes

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Lipscomb students will only need three things for a chance to win over $3,000 in cash and prizes from this year’s 5 Minute Film Festival: an iPhone, a friend and a good idea.

Now in its fourth year, the 5 Minute Film Festival is Lipscomb's premier film event and is open to any Lipscomb student. Presented by the Department of Cinematic Arts, the event encourages creativity and collaboration as students from all over campus submit short films in three categories: narrative (fiction), documentary and music video. The deadline for entrees is Monday, March 20 at midnight.

The top entries will be screened in front of a live-audience at a gala event on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre, followed by an awards ceremony that includes prizes for acting, screenplay, cinematography, sound, music and poster design. This event it free and open to the public.

In addition to winning a cash prize of $1,000, the Grand Prize-winning narrative film will be screened at the 2017 Nashville Film Festival, which is one of only 17 festivals in the world that are automatic qualifiers for Academy Award consideration. 

Other prizes include a $500 first prize for documentary and music video, a $200 second prize in each of the three categories, and a $100 third place prize. There is also a $100 Regal Cinemas gift card for the audience award winner and more.

“The 5-minute film festival is an opportunity for students to see their work on a screen with a real-time audience, and there’s no better way to know if what you’re doing is working or not than being in the same room with a live audience,” said Steve Taylor, Lipscomb’s filmmaker-in-residence.

“One of my top-three favorite films a few years ago was shot on an iPhone by non-film majors and won an audience award."

This year’s panel of judges is a compilation of industry professionals from Nashville and Los Angeles, California.

“The Ideal entry would be well-told, well-shot and well-acted and one that has a twist in the end,” said Taylor. “It can be serious or comic, because a short-film is an art form unto itself. It still needs a beginning, middle and an end, but there is a difference in a short film. It’s the difference between a tweet and a blog post. Every word counts in a tweet. In a short film, ideally, every image should count and convey multiple meanings to utilize the form to its best advantage.”

All films submitted must have a maximum running time of five minutes or less, and due to copyright restrictions, the music video category is now limited to original recordings by indie artists. Submissions may be uploaded using a transfer site such as Wetransfer, GoogleDrive or Dropbox and as 1080p, 720p, h.264 or .mov file format. Email or share the download link with fiveminutefilmsubmissions@gmail.com.

Housed in the College of Entertainment & the Arts, Lipscomb’s Department of Cinematic Arts studies filmmaking with a hands-on approach. Film Production BFA provides real-world instruction and expertise to the students enrolled in this dynamic program. Its graduate studies MFA in Film and Creative Media offers two unique degrees designed to educate the next generation of artists to be independent, entrepreneurial filmmakers. The film faculty are also seasoned professionals with extensive credits who have helped train and send numerous students into successful careers in film and television. For more information, click here.

For more information about the Five Minute Film Festival, visit: lipscomb.edu/fiveminutefilmfestival.