Hosted by:  Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts


I.    General Guidelines


Creative video productions entered into the Laredo Media and High School Film Festival should reveal skill, imagination, creativity, and the power of visual storytelling. The LMHSFF places value on the truths revealed through the events, disappointments, joys, and conflicts we all experience. Although LMHSFF is open to diverse interpretations of this human experience, for competition, we will accept only those productions that avoid being gratuitously or explicitly violent, obscene or overly sexual. Likewise, LMHSFF contest entries should avoid youth involved in risky, questionable, or illegal activities without also examining the outcomes, ramifications or consequences of those activities.  This year our yearly contest has changed to challenges to meet the changes of the pandemic.


As you create your challenges, please follow the following guidelines:

  • Specific category time limits don't include end credits. (See category time limits below)

  • Credits cannot exceed 30 seconds.

  • You must have permission and/or the proper rights to all of the music, images, and video in your film.

  • We strongly encourage you to use original music and/or CREATIVE COMMONS or ROYALTY FREE music to avoid any copyright infringement.

  • We strongly recommend that you triple check your audio levels and that your audio is NOT limited to one channel (ie: right or left).

  • Photos submitted must be at least 5 x 7 inches or vice versa or 1500 x 2100 pixels or vice versa Images should be no larger than 2MB. Photos must be in JPEG format.

  • If your film scene has subtitles, please make sure they are "Title Safe". For a detailed explanation of "Title Safe" please click here.

  • You video must follow this format:

Codec h.264


29.97 FPS


16:9 aspect ratio


Films should be HD quality



II.    Challenges

Every year, the Laredo Medial & Film Festival hosts a contest for students to submit original work to be judged and critiqued by professionals. This year, the contest will take on a different format. In order to maintain safety protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19, we have organized an online challenge divided into four categories.


The categories are as follows:


Public Service Announcement:

  • Students will create a 15 seconds PSA about COVID-19, mental health, values and any other areas that students find impact their life.

  • The video will be in an mp4 format, with 1080 x 1080 pixels [1:1 aspect ratio] and must be 30 frames per second.

  • The video should appeal to an audience on Instagram.



  • Students will create a Multiplicity Photography of the Pandemic. Students will take multiple photos with the same background and edit the image to clone themselves in different poses. The theme of the image will be about the pandemic.  

  • The size of the photograph is 5x7 or 7x5 [inches]

  • The image must have at least 5 clones of the person in the image. 


Stop motion:

  • The stop motion animation will feature the Laredo Media & Film Festival logo. Students can creatively design the logo of the festival with clay, legos or any other medium they choose to use.  CLICK HERE FOR LOGO

  • The video will be minimum 10 seconds and maximum 30 seconds [12 frames per second].



  • The student’s film will consist of an original scene and two original Foley sounds created by the student. 

  • Video must include:  how the student created the sounds and the scene afterwards with the sounds included.

  • Scenes can be about any genre but must comply with the festival general guidelines.


(LMFF-HS has the right to reject a media piece that doesn’t follow the rules)

III.    Submission Deadlines:


Each category will have a first, second, and third place winner based on the amount of likes the student’s work receives on (insert social media). Entries must be fill out at:  https://forms.gle/d6p8XR7Hv5vkB2eK6 by February 7, 2021.  Contest will be open on February 14 and will close on February 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.  All pieces will be added at our Facebook page:  Laredo Media and Film Festival. 


The entry with the most likes on the original post by the closing date will place. Additionally, the entry will receive extra points when the original post is shared. 


IV.    Eligibility

The film’s director(s) or photographer must have been in high school or younger while filming the project or taken the picture. Middle school students are eligible to submit.


We are open to films and media pieces from all over the nation as long as you were in high school or high school age when you made the film.


All music and other copyrighted material (images, videos, etc.) used in the films must be properly licensed. We strongly encourage strict adherence to copyright law. Please use royalty-free music or be able to show permission to use commercially owned media. Additionally, plagiarism is not accepted. Each video should be an original work. Do not “remake” a video. Do not submit a re-edited version of a video that you didn’t shoot.


All films and/or pieces must be in English or subtitled in English.


Entrant (or entrant’s parent or legal guardian if entrant is a minor) must sign the Entrant Release Form provided with this packet.


Teachers/Advisers must not participate in any way in students’ entries other than in a strictly advisory capacity. Adults and non-high school students can appear as part of the cast or voice talent; however, the main characters should be high school students. Use the 80/20 rule (80% high school students and 20% adults or non-high school students). Each entry should be considered a “final” and not a “teaching/learning” activity.



V.  Film and Photography Contest Rules and Terms

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Entries for the Laredo Media and Film Festival-High School Edition [Virtual Edition] challenges can be submitted between January 25, 2021, at 12:00:01 a.m. Central Time and February 7, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time.


ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.



HOW TO ENTER: Visit https://www.laredomediaandfilmfestival.com/ and follow the instructions to complete the entry form to submit your film and/or media piece.


PERSONAL INFORMATION: To submit your film you will be required to provide your first and last name; school/age/classification/organization name; your teacher or advisor, email address; and film URL. The information you provide will be used only for contest administration and to contact contest winners. Your information will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any party not affiliated with the festival and the Contest except to the extent permitted by law.




Winners will be announced on our Facebook Page on February 26, and will be given sent their prizes via mail to the information already provided in their challenge entry form.




Entries may not contain, as determined by the festival, in its sole discretion, any content that:


An entry must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If an entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting such entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the entry by the festival in the manner set forth in these terms, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the entry, music licenses, and location releases. The festival reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to the festival from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render entry null and void. By submitting an entry, the entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the entry consent to the submission and use of the entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. The entry must not show or glamorize explicit drug use, tobacco or alcohol consumption in any way. Gratuitous violence is not accepted. Any violence in a production must be an integral part of the story. Sexual references, innuendo, and dramatization are not accepted.  If possible, refrain from using profanity or vulgar language.  All entries should not exceed PG-13 or NC-17 and should follow state “safe school” policies.  Any entry not in English must contain English subtitles.


By submitting an entry, the entrant acknowledges and agrees that the festival may obtain many entries in connection with this contest and that such entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other entries submitted in connection with this contest. The Entrant waives any and all claims that any entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the festival may be similar to the entrant’s entry, or that any compensation is due to the entrant in connection with such other entry or other works used by the festival.


PRIZES: Prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash or subject to substitution.


GENERAL CONDITIONS: By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these terms, and the decisions of the festival, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless the festival, the festival’s licenses and assigns, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity and from any and all claims, debts, demands, actions or causes of actions, suits, sums of money, damages, and liabilities of whatsoever kind or nature, which have arisen or may arise as a result of the Released Parties exercise of the rights granted to them as set forth herein; (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph/film, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide, including without limitation, on the Internet, and in perpetuity by the festival and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from the entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so; and (d) to hold the released parties harmless and to indemnify the Released Parties from and against all costs, expenses and liabilities incurred by the Released Parties in connection with the defense of any claim or claims on account thereof, including reasonable attorney’s fees.  By participating, the entrant also agrees not to release any publicity or other materials on his/her own or through someone else regarding his/her participation in the Contest without the prior consent of the festival, which it may withhold in its sole discretion.



OWNERSHIP/USE OF SUBMISSIONS: By submitting an entry, you hereby grant  to the festival a royalty-free, fully paid up, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, combine with other works, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, edit and display such entry (in whole or part) including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. These rights include, without limitation, the right to exhibit the entry at the Laredo Media and Film Festival and to use the entry in any and all media including but not limited to the festival’s and the festival’s licensee’s social media properties and/or offline media, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to the entrant or any third party. By submitting an entry, the entrant acknowledges that the festival has no obligation to use or post any entry submitted. Subject to these terms, the entrant retains copyright ownership of the entry.


MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, processing of entries, the incorrect uploading of an entry, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest.  Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an inappropriate or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these terms, as solely determined by the festival, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in the festival’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the festival, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or submission of entries, the festival reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest.​


All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these terms, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and the festival in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law rules.​


The Laredo Media and Film Festival will be held this year virtually on February 25 and 26, 2021. Additional information will be given as soon as we finalize the speaker’s line-up. For more information, please e-mail us at to vmtcommunications@gmail.com.

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