UCLA Wants Your Best Short Film For Their Shorttakes Student Film Festival


Film students, get your cameras ready! UCLA’s Campus Events Commission (CEC) is looking for your best short films to take part in their annual Shorttakes Student Film Festival, which will be judged by well-known entertainment industry insiders and celebrities.

The festival celebrates the best in student filmmaking by showcasing films that are 10 minutes or less in the fields of animation, live-action comedy and live-action drama. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students nationwide.

Although the official list of judges has not been finalized yet, the CEC told NMR that “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” co-creator Dave Willis, “The Walking Dead” producer and writer Glen Mazzara, “Boy Meets World” actor Rider Strong and “Prison Break” actor Wentworth Miller will be on the panel.

Aspiring directors can submit their video entries, which must have been produced after January 2012, through the dedicated EventBrite page, and must provide a YouTube or Vimeo link to their film. The first 50 entries submitted to EventBrite will have their fee waived and any subsequent entries will have a nominal fee ($5 for UCLA students, $10 for other students).

In addition to uploading their videos to YouTube or Vimeo, entrants must also send a DVD of their short film to UCLA Campus Events Commission, ATTN: Jessica Kim, CEC Festivals, 319 Kerckhoff Hall, 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024. All entries must be received on EventBrite and postmarked by April 15.