THE LUIS PALOMO ILS FILM SHORTS 

ILS dedicates this section of the competition in memory of Luis Palomo, a caring alumni who shared a passion for film and photography. Class of 1972 graduate, Luis was also a recipient of that year’s Miami Herald’s Silver Knight Award. Luis was a successful director who mentored many young professionals throughout his long career in commercial advertising. A lifelong advocate of the arts, Luis was also a founding member of the City of Miami’s Art & Entertainment Council instrumental in Little Havana’s revitalization as a cultural arts hub. Luis passed away on January 14th, 2021 from complications caused by Covid-19.This year’s film contest features two distinct categories: narrative and news. Themes for the narrative shorts include: Moment of Nature, Life in a Pandemic and Tell me a Story. Films in this category can be executed either as fiction, documentary or experimental/ artistic. The news category should take a journalistic approach focusing on either a sports, feature, news or investigative reporting story. All entries should be no more than three minutes in length. Both categories will be judged on originality, structure, cinematography, sound design and execution. You may use royalty-free music, photos and illustrations. Credit as specified in your source. Please do not use any copyrighted materials without the written permission of its authors. This includes music, graphics, archival footage and photographs. 

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FILM SHORTS CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS 

Narrative/Short Film
Creativity and originality will be key in this category 
Man Hiking in Nature
MOMENT OF NATURE

What does a moment of nature represent to you? Create a short film that isn’t defined by conventional approaches to filmmaking.

People with Masks
LIFE IN A PANDEMIC

Convey what it has meant to you or your film’s subject to live through this once a century event that has changed the way we interact. 

Children playing
TELL ME A STORY

Classic approach to storytelling showing character development and engaging viewers. Can be fictional or documentary in nature. 

News Report
A great news story informs, has good sources and is well told. 
Sports Facility
SPORTS

An exciting story that captures the range of emotions sports can provoke. 

We're Live
NEWS / FEATURE

The assignment desk handed you a news story. Figure out your angle and bring it to life! 

Pharmacist Checking Medicine
INVESTIGATIVE

Dig deeper into the topic and uncover the real story behind a story. 

FILM SHORT PRIZES INCLUDE 

1st, $500 for group to split or single entry

2nd, $250 for group to split or single entry

3rd, $100 for group to split or single entry

 

*In each place Think Tank will Sponsor Camera Bags 

for a single or each individual in the group 

Will begin accepting entries for its first competition on

MARCH 31, 2021 Submissions must be received by APRIL 30, 2021 

Please upload properly named files to the corresponding folder on Dropbox. 

FILM SHORTS  ENTRY RULES

& REGISTRATION 

How to Enter:
  • Students may enter as an individual or a group in this category, keep in mind that any prize will be split evenly among the group. No more than four students per film group. 

  • Three minutes maximum in each category

  • If students wish to enter two entries, it must be in different categories as well as one as an individual and one as a group. One group may NOT enter two categories nor two entries in one category, nor one individual may enter two entries in one category. One individual may enter one entry per category, two categories maximum.Specifications 

Entry Specifications:
  • MP4 or MOV files or via link (Vimeo,Youtube) emailed to elena.capablanca@ilsroyals.com Email Subject:ProjectName_Student Name/s_Grade_CategoryName Attached the PDF Synopsis to the email

  • 1080p minimum resolution 

  • File names / naming convention are as follows ProjectName_Student Name/s_Grade_CategoryName.MP4 or .MOV

  • Brief Synopsis of film uploaded as a PDF document (Same file name as project)

 

Judges reserve the right to disqualify a film if it does not present content in keeping with a catholic school environment and teachings.