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Submission Guidelines - Alumni

Five16 Film Festival submission guidelines for alumni of University of Northwestern – St. Paul


Alumni who were enrolled at University of Northwestern anytime before January 1, 2019 are eligible to enter.

Short films that have previously screened in the Five16 Film Festival are not eligible for submission. Films that have been previously submitted but not chosen for screening are only eligible if they have been heavily re-edited.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.

All videos must have a running time of eight minutes or less, including credits.


The following materials are required for submission:

  • Completed entry form with signatures of all UNW alumni entrants
  • Link to your film online for download
  • All online entry forms need to be submitted by Monday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. (CST).


An alumnus may submit more than one film, but each film must be on a separate link and accompanied by its own completed entry form.


The theme verse of the Five16 Film Festival is “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Films entered in the festival must not contain content that contradicts the theme of the festival.

Films may not contain any copyrighted music or other media without obtaining proper permissions for use and distribution. By submitting a film, an alumnus takes responsibility for all content contained within.


All films will be pre-screened and then judged by a panel of current UNW student leaders.


All alumni films submitted to the festival are eligible for the Alumni Film Award. The winning film will be screened at the Five16 Film Festival on April 6, 2020.

Complete your Five16 Film Festival Entry Form here: 2020 Five16 Film Festival Entry Form

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