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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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Students may enter as an individual or a group in the film category, keep in mind that any prize will be split evenly among the group. No more than 3 students per film group. Students may enter a maximum of 2 entries, preferably one in Storytelling and one in PSA  or one as a group and one as an individual filmmaker.

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Telling a story will be key in this category. Creativity and originality will also play a role along with cinematography techniques. Films in this category can be executed either as fiction or experimental/artistic. Style and genre of the narrative will be up to the student to decide but it must follow a story arc in 3 minutes or less.
Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Something that informs the general public in a memorable way. Needs to have good sources and the key message is conveyed clearly to the viewer. The PSA category should take a public service announcement approach focusing on a topic backed by research and data, know your audience to present the information in the best way, have a hook something “newsworthy” and a well planned script.

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

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