Entry Guidelines

Eligible: All K-12 California Schools, Extracurricular Programs
Cost: FREE

  • Winning projects receive one plaque  

  • Grand Prize winners receive additional monetary prizes for the sponsoring school or program

  • Special Award winners receive additional prizes for the sponsoring school or program

ENTRY WINDOW: January 16 - April 10 

FESTIVAL: May 20 (tentative)


  1. Include all credits for copyrighted or original sources  IN your project or in the description text below the video.

  2. Upload your project to a public-facing URL. We recommend YouTube, Flipgrid, iCloud or Google Drive.

  3. Please read through the PRACTICE ENTRY FORMFESTIVAL RUBRIC, and these guidelines BEFORE completing the application. Once you get started, the online application should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You cannot save an application in progress.


  1. All entries must have a valid, public URL. Please double check that your URL is valid before submitting it. Please make sure it is accessible through June and does not "time out."

  2. Please be sure you have permission on file for all of the students featured in your project. It will be your responsibility to save all forms releasing student likeness until requested by media festival officials.

  3. Enter a project only once.

  4. Each project may only be submitted to ONE category - either Academic or Aesthetic. Choose Fiction or Non-Fiction.

  5. Teachers, parents, or program coordinators submit all entries. All communication from the festival will be sent to the adult responsible for the entry.

  6. Teachers are is limited to a maximum of THREE total entries per class project. Do not submit an entire class of entries - pick your top three.

  7. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST on the day of the submission deadline.

  8. Entries from the previous school year must represent work that was completed after April 26, 2022.

  9. Save a complete, high-resolution copy of your project, as this is required for all winning projects.


Please contact castudentmediafest@gmail.com with submission questions.​