The Emerson College Film Festival

The Emerson Film Festival will take place the evening Wednesday, March 18. We will be screening one two-hour program in the Bright Screening Room followed by a red carpet reception open to the public in the Jackie Liebergott black box theater in the Paramount Center where we will announce the winner of the audience award. These films will be selected by VMA faculty and the director of programming.

The Audience Award

We are offering a software package sponsored by the Boston Creative Pro User Group for the film that garners the highest rating from the audience. Like most festivals, there will be ballots at each screening where anyone in the audience can rate a film from 1 to 5. They will need to stay for the whole program in order to vote, but won't need to go to all three screening sessions. All selected films will be coached on audience building strategies.

Other Cash Awards

You will also be eligible for cash awards funded through alumni gifts.

Please note that submissions are now closed.

Submission Requirements

  • Projects must be uploaded into Panopto or Vimeo.
  • Be sure to read the Panopto Upload Guide to properly compress and upload your video into Panopto.
  • Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they are at picture lock and will be completed prior to the festival. You will not be able to submit any additional cuts for consideration
  • Project must be initiated as an Emerson College student project (either in a class or co-curricular).
  • Works must be under 30 minutes and completed after December 2018 while a student at Emerson College.
  • All genres welcome! Send us your animation, music videos, documentaries, dramas, experimental work, comedies, science fiction and horror!
  • No limit on the number of submissions.
  • Please note, all submissions may be used in Emerson classes for instructional purposes.


Entries must be received no later than Friday, December 6, 2019 at midnight.