• Creativity
  • Story structure
  • Production value
  • Does it grab your audience?
  • Does it address the theme of Transformation?

Can I go over 7 or under 3 minutesThe time limits are “soft.” This means that, yes, you can go a little over 7 or a little under 3 and you are still able to enter. However, you should definitely NOT go more than 8 minutes and no shorter than 2 and a half minutes.

Does Highline have equipment I can use? Multimedia Design students have access to camera equipment. All other Highline students will have to use their own gear.

I have some great ideas and I would really like to make a film but I don’t have any equipment (and I’m not a design student). What can I do? There may be some community resources out there but many of you may already have a great movie camera in your pocket: your smart phone. With the right editing software on your computer you can make great quality films. You can also use the computers in building 30. Just ask for the ones which have video editing software.

How about sexial and violent content? While there are no hard and fast rules about this, keep in mind that this your films will be representing Highline. All films need to be tasteful and appropriate for a general audience. If you’re still not sure, try this test: would you be comfortable sitting next to your mother while watching your film? If so, then you’re good to go.

I’m a Highline student but the rest of my crew are not. Is that ok? Yes

If there are multiple Highline students working together, do we have to register for each student? No, each team only has to register once.

Do I need permission from actors? You must show proof of consent from actors.

Can I submit more than 1 film? Yes, you may submit up to 3 films.

Can I film on campus? Yes, but be respectful of the space – please don’t ask people to move – you are shooting at school. Be respectful of students as school is in session.

Does it have to be in English? If it is in a foreign language please provide subtitles.

What about music? All original music or consent to use the music – no Taylor Swift. There are plenty of sites for non-copyrighted music (AudioJungle, BenSound or search for Copyright Free Music).

Obtain Music Permission

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have permission to use the copyrighted song you want in your video. Depending on the song, this can be relatively easy or a bit of pain in the backside, and potentially time consuming. Be that as it may, it’s necessary if you’re not trying to skirt the law.

You can request permission from major music labels by using the following links:

For other labels and music rights holders, you’ll need to do some digging on Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, or whatever happens to be your search engine of choice.

Or Use YouTube’s Catalog of Music

If you don’t want to go out and license music on your own, you can swap out audio tracks on your video using YouTube’s audio swapping tool. Here’s the thing—YouTube possesses over 150,000 tracks that are free to use, and since they’ve all been pre-approved, you don’t have to worry about a copyright claim yanking your video offline.


  • Lynda.com is a free resource if you have a King County Library card.
    • 1000’s of video tutorials how to make a video/film.
  • Building 30 has video editing computers.
  • You may shoot with your phone and any other camera with video recording capabilities.
  • Watch short films on Vimeo or YouTube to brainstorm.