• media festival What is the Media Festival?

           The Media Festival is a showcase for student-produced projects using all types of media production.  The projects are shown to an interested audience, critiqued by a panel of expert judges, and used to stimulate other students to try these kinds of media production.


    When is the Media Festival?

    • School Level - February 2021.  If your project is done earlier, please go ahead and turn it in.  NO LATE PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
    • County Level – March 2021
    • State Level – May, 2021

    Project Objectives 

    ·         InstructionalThe purpose of an instructional piece is to teach something. This goes beyond simply presenting facts. Examples include: tutorials, teaching tools, and interactive games with assessment.

    ·         InformationalThe purpose of an informational piece is to inform the audience but not persuade opinions. Informational pieces could briefly cover multiple topics or focus on one or two. Examples include: News Programs, Biographies, Community Calendars, and Personal Websites.

    ·         DocumentaryThe purpose of a documentary is to document an actual event or topic beyond the scope of a typical news story. It should reflect serious research and present facts objectively without fictional matter.

    ·         Persuasive/PSAThe purpose of a persuasive piece is to present an idea, product, concept, organization or individual in a credible way, so as to change public opinion and/or encourage audience approval, support or participation. Examples include: Advertising, Public Service Announcements, and Movie Trailers. Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are 30 to 60 second messages designed to change public opinion, actions, or feelings.

    ·         StoryThe purpose of a story piece is to tell a story, whether serious or lighthearted, fictional or non-fictional. Examples include: Comedies, Dramas, and Student/Family Experiences.

    ·         EntertainmentThe purpose of a piece in this category is to entertain and/or amuse the audience in a format other than telling a story. Examples include: Music Videos, Variety Shows, Interactive Games, and Game Shows.

    Please refer to the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia for copyright guidelines. Under the Fair Use Guidelines, only a portion of copyrighted material is permissible. Please Note: Under the portion limitations, only 30 seconds of a copyrighted piece of music is allowed in a media project. If a media project contains a larger portion of copyrighted material than the portion limitation allows, signature of the copyright holder is required.
    Length of Production
    Entries may be as long as producers deem fit. Judges will view as much of the entry as needed to ensure a fair appraisal of the work (typically 7 minutes). Title and credits should be at the beginning of each project. Please review the Judging Criteria for more information.
    Production Teams
    Entries may be produced by an individual student, a group, a class, or a club. The names of all students and teachers who participated in creating the project should be included on the project form. DO NOT INCLUDE LAST NAMES OF ANY STUDENT PARTICIPANT in the project. 


    Who can help?

              All entries must be written, produced, directed, edited, photographed, filmed, or taped by the student(s) entering the production in the festival.  A parent and teacher signature on the entry form must certify that the entry is the work of the student producers.  Parents and other adults may offer advice, guidance, and general assistance, but the student must do the work and operation of any media equipment.

              Entries may be the work of one student, a group of students, a class, or a student club or organization.


    What are the ratings?

           Certificates will be awarded with the following ratings:  Participation: 80-89; Merit: 90-95; Superior: 96-100

    Only Superior winners will advance to the next level of the competition.

    Judges will use the criteria below to evaluate entries.
    Judges will view as much of the entry as needed to ensure a fair appraisal of the work.

    1. Creativity/Originality: Provides fresh, interesting insights into the subject of the production.
    2. Organization/Purpose: Shows evidence of planning and choice through all parts of the production as it focuses on achieving the program’s purpose.
    3. Continuity/Structure: Shows that the information or story is paced and developed in a way that keeps viewers interested and helps them understand the meaning.
    4. Relevancy/Importance: Will anyone care about the content of the production? Is the subject or idea big enough to sustain the entire program?
    5. Use of Available Resources: What software and equipment were used
    6. Clarity/Universality/Meaning: Could anyone understand it? Did it tell a unified story or message that provides an insight into the subject or the human condition?
    7. Energy/Emotion: Does the program heighten viewer attention and interest? Does the program touch human emotions or feelings?
    8. Residue: When the program is over, does it leave a meaning with the viewer more general or beyond the specific presentation or story you told.
    9. Technical Quality: Audio, lighting, exposure, camera techniques, composition, special effects, titles, appropriateness of technique, utilization of available equipment, and overall technical quality.
    10. General Effectiveness: An overall evaluation of the production based on the above points combined with the considered judgment of the evaluator.

    Where can I get the entry forms and more information?

                  See Mrs. Davis in the media center and/or go to

                       http://www.gsmf.us/  - official website of the Georgia Student Media Festival