Film/Video/New Media Entry Guidelines

ACMFILM accepts film, video, and new media works of all lengths, modes, and genres, including Documentary, Narrative, Animation, Experimental, Music Video, PSA, New Media and Other. There is no entry fee, and students are encouraged to submit multiple works for consideration. A separate entry form should accompany each work.

Selection priority will be given to those students who will be able to attend the full schedule of events. If your work is selected, food and lodging will be provided at no cost to the primary contact and up to one additional co-submitter, as listed on the entry form.


ACMFILM exists to showcase the creative and scholarly work of undergraduate students at ACM affiliated campuses. To be eligible for selection, the primary contact on the entry form must be the sole maker of the work, or have played a significant creative role (director, screenwriter, cinematographer, etc.) in production, and be currently enrolled in an ACM affiliated school, or enrolled at the time of production. Recent alumni are encouraged to submit works produced while enrolled at an ACM school. ACMFILM encourages students to submit both course-related and independent works.

What you need to submit

A completed entry form must accompany each work. You may email it or send a hard copy.

You may send us a password protected Vimeo link for previewing your movie (preferred), or mail us a clearly labeled NTSC Region 1 or Region 0 DVD of the work. Please use bubble pack envelopes when shipping DVD entries. For information on uploading video to Vimeo, please visit

Do not send additional materials at this time. If your film is selected for the festival we will contact you about images and press kits.


ACMFILM2018, Lawrence University, 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911


We will notify all filmmakers by Jan. 12, 2018 via e-mail. If accepted, the exhibition copy of your work will need to be in our hands by Jan. 31, 2018.


ACMFILM can show digital video files, as well as16mm and Super-8 film prints. If you have another format you would like to screen, or have questions about facilities and equipment available for new media works, please contact us for more information.

Selection Process and Awards

The initial selection committee is composed of faculty from the ACM member schools. Selection criteria includes overall quality of the work, ability of the student to attend the full event and programming considerations. In addition, an independent festival jury comprised of distinguished Film and Media Studies scholars, artists and industry professionals will recognize top submissions in each category.


Important Dates

Entry deadline:

Jan. 2, 2018

Notification of acceptance:

Jan. 31, 2018

Deadline to submit accepted work:

Feb. 20, 2018

Conference & Festival dates:

Apr. 20-22, 2018 at 
Lawrence University

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