Media Categories

EUSD students can submit work as an individual or EUSD teachers can submit a class project. Either way, all entries in any category must be student-produced work. Teachers and parents can support, instruct, model, or cajole, but they cannot do work for the students.  You may enter any or all of the categories below, but you can only submit one entry per category (e.g. one video, one photograph, etc.) By creating a project that fits one of the categories below, the work automatically supports California Visual and Performing Arts Standard 2.0. We encourage participants to further target other California State Standards when choosing subject matter for an entry. There will be three awards in each category: Primary Students (grades K-2), Intermediate Students (grades 3-5), and Middle School Students (grades 6-8).
The submitted video can be created by an individual or an entire class, with the teacher making the submission if it's a class project. The finished video should be no more than 5 minutes in length. It must have been created during the 2009-10 school year.

The subject matter is up to you, but it must be appropriate for display at school and other public areas. Rigorous adherence to copyright should be evident.

The submitted video should be compressed appropriately for display on the Internet. Guidelines on how to do that can be found on the EYMF File Preparation page (Sidebar on the left). Be sure to maintain your original project files so you can make a full-quality version available to the Festival organizers if you are nominated. The judges will be looking for the following characteristics:
  • Strong storytelling
  • Technical Proficiency
    • Light
    • Sound
    • Editing
  • Cinematography
  • Creativity
  • Engaging and Relevant Subject Matter




You may submit any photograph  that you have taken during the 2009-10 school year. Only individuals may submit to this category, and each student may only submit one photo to the Festival. 

The subject matter is up to you, but it must be appropriate for display at school and other public areas. The photo can be color or black and white. You may edit your photograph (color correction and tonal adjustments only) in a program like Photoshop, but it must remain realistic (no collages, mixed media, etc.). 

The photo must be submitted in a digital format (if you use a film camera, you can submit a scanned version of that photo). Because all photos that are nominated may be printed for public display, your original photo file should be at least 2000 pixels in the longest dimension. High resolution copies (2000 pixels or more in the longest dimension) will be requested from all nominated submitters. Save a high resolution copy. This is not a requirement, but is highly recommended.
 
The file that you originally submit to the EYMF should be down-sized to no more than 1000 pixels in the longest dimension. Guidelines on how to do that can be found on the EYMF File Preparation page (Sidebar on the left).

The judges will be looking for the following characteristics:
  • Composition and Design
  • Creativity
  • Technical Proficiency
    • Exposure
    • Focus
  • Engaging and Relevant Subject Matter


Music/Audio


The submitted audio file can be created by an individual or an entire class, with the teacher making the submission if it's a class project. It must have been created during the 2009-10 school year. The finished audio piece should be no more than 5 minutes in length. 

The subject matter is up to you, but it must be appropriate for school and other public settings. 

The piece can be: 

  • the telling of an original story. It may contain sound effects from an audio program such as GarageBand or from a legally obtained source that allows for performance (sound effects, music, etc.)
  •  a Podcast or other informational piece. It can include any legally available elements (sound effects, jingles, etc.)
  • original music composed and performed by the submitter(s)
    1. The composition can be made from or contain loops from a program such as GarageBand
    2. It can be a recording of live playing of original music by the submitter(s)
    3. It can be a combination of loops and live playing
The file that you originally submit to the EYMF should be saved in a way where it can be posted on the Internet. Guidelines on how to do that can be found on the EYMF File Preparation page (Sidebar on the left).

The judges will be looking for the following characteristics:
  • Inventive Use of Sound Elements
  • Technical Proficiency
    • Sound Levels
    • Lack of Distortion
    • Balance 
  • Creativity
  • Engaging and Relevant Subject Matter