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WVIA Student Showcase

Enter the WVIA Student Showcase!

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Do you want to see your films up on the big screen and get to meet other filmmakers? Enter the WVIA Student Showcase and have your short film screened at the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival this April!

  • Short film under five minutes
  • Can be fiction, documentary, animated, experimental
  • Can be any genre

Grand Prize

Winners in each of the three grade-based categories will win three free tickets to the 2024 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival at the Waverly Community House the weekend of April 12-14th and have their short film screened on the festival’s large screen in front of fellow filmmakers and industry professionals.

Submission Deadlines:

Submissions Open: Monday, September 25, 2023
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 8th, 2024
Official Selections Announced: Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
Winners Screening Date: Sunday, April 14th, 2024


One winner will be selected out of the following three grade-based categories:

  • 4th-6th Grade Students
  • 7th-9th Grade Students
  • 10th-12th Grade Students

Judging Criteria:

Videos will be judged on the following criteria:

The uniqueness and originality of the premise or story

The effective use of imagination as evidenced in the entry

Technical Proficiency
The quality of the cinematography, audio, and editing

Length: Videos must not be longer than five minutes. Videos longer than the regulated time will be automatically disqualified.

Content: Any video with offensive content or showcasing illegal activity will be automatically disqualified. The piece must have original music or music you have permission from the artist to use. The piece must be an original video (video you shot yourself) or have permission to use. Any piece using illegally placed footage or music will be disqualified.

How To Enter:

To enter your film into the WVIA Student Showcase you must upload your video to either YouTube or Vimeo. Once uploaded you must email the link to education@wvia.org with the subject line WVIA STUDENT SHOWCASE SUBMISSION and the following information:

  • Title of the Video
  • Name(s) of submitting filmmaker
  • Primary contact name, phone number, and email address
  • Grade level of primary contact
  • The name of the school and district you attend


Each participant or team submitting a film recognizes that he/she/they is/are the author of the film. The participants must also certify that the submission does not affect any third-party rights and does not violate copyright, directly or indirectly. Upon submission, the filmmakers grant WVIA, The Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival, and the Waverly Community House the right to use, modify, and exhibit the film for promotional purposes and to screen at the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival. Participants are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions and clearances for their films.


Is there a cost to enter my film?
No, entry into the WVIA Student Showcase is free.

May I enter more than one video?
Yes, student filmmakers are allowed to enter more than one piece.

How will the submissions be judged?
Submissions will be judged by a panel of award-winning filmmakers at WVIA.

Looking for inspiration? Check out last year's winning videos!