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The Homewood Public Library is seeking entries for a One Minute Movie Festival on June 22!

Entries must be received before midnight on Friday, May 27, 2016

   Community members of all ages are being asked to create one minute long digital films about something
   in their life, school, or community that is important to them.

  • Movies may be of whatever type, style or genre that the entrant wishes – animated, documentary, drama, music video, comedy etc., as long as they tell an original story.

  • Videos must be suitable for viewing by all ages.  Videos containing vulgarity, violence, or defamatory language will be immediately disqualified.

  • The Festival will be judged in different categories: Families, Youth, Teen, New Adult, and Adult.  An independent international panel of judges will designate one entry per category as the category winner.

  • The 5 winners of the Homewood Public Library One Minute Movie Festival will each have featured positioning on the 2016 Homewood Public Library One Minute Movie Festival DVD, be included in a public broadcast on Comcast’s Homewood Access 19, and receive an additional final prize (Final Prizes TBA).

  • To participate in the one minute movie festival you must be a resident of Homewood or East Hazel Crest OR be a student in any school in one of the Homewood / Flossmoor school districts (Public or Private) OR be active in the Homewood Public Library Homeschool Network OR work at or own a business in Homewood.

  • Business entries may not be commercials. Businesses are, however, invited to submit “day in the life” style movies. Other ideas would be to highlight an employee or business owner or to highlight the community impact created by a service provided by the business.

  • Entries are welcome in any language. If submitted in a language other than English, please provide an English language translation of the script (if the movie does not have subtitles).

We've found some Online Resources for you to use when making your movie:

BBC Resources
The BBC used to have a 1 Minute Movie contest. Although it is no longer active, all of their resources still are! They include “How To” guides on creating a story, directing, editing, and sound.

PBS Resources
PBS created some very detailed resources for general digital storytelling, complete with videos and downloadable pdf files. Includes guides on creating voice overs with Audacity (free software) and editing via Windows Movie Maker (free software). 

Storyboarding Resources
Learn How to Storyboard from Disney Storyboard Artist Sherm Cohen through his YouTube channel.

Kids Movie Making Resources
Made with kids in mind, this site can be useful for anyone. They’ve got quick tips and resources.

Desktop Documentaries
What is a Mini Documentary and How Do You Make One?

Free (and Royalty Free) Sound Effects Resources
mediacollege sound effects

General Film Making Resources

buffer video tools
readwritethink  (Search for the term “filmmaking”)
edutopia filmmaking resources
ipad art room  (Search for the term “movie”)
mediacollege video shots

Here's a plan of action:

  1. Write down what you want your video to look and sound like.
  2. Grab a camera and shoot what you wrote down.
  3. Edit everything you shot to be in the order that you planned on in step one.
  4. Export a video file and share it with the world.

Plan, shoot, edit, export. Everything else is about being efficient. Shooting your film doesn't mean starting on page one and going in order to the end. Organize your shoot based on what you have available. If you have all the people and props for scenes 2 and 5, shoot them and worry about scenes 1, 3, and 4 later.


Movie Making Tools

HPL 's Digital Media Lab has the tools you need to make your movie.


Here are some movie samples to inspire you:



Film One Fest

Galway Film Fleadh


Now that you're ready to shoot your movie...

Here are the Rules & Regulations you need to follow.

You're all done!  Complete the Entry Form, which must accompany your movie submission.

Want to see the Voting Guidelines the judges will be using?

About Our Judges...


If you are unsure about your eligibility, or have any other questions, please contact kellyc@homewoodlibrary.net or call 708.798.0121 x283