We will accept documentary or fiction films that are under 30 minutes in length and produced while enrolled in grades 9-12.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Reality Bytes is a yearly festival sponsored by Northern Illinois University’s Department of Communication. It is designed to allow high school, college and graduate students to competitively screen their films!
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Reality Bytes Film Festival was established in 2001 by Laura Vazquez, professor of media production and theory at Northern Illinois University. Vazquez serves as director of the festival, which was created to give high school and college students the opportunity to competitively screen their work.
; Courtney Schallert
; Laura Vazquez ( Professor)
; Nicholas Fleming
; Randy Caspersen (Filmmaker)
; Taylor Gibson
CHECKLIST FOR SUBMISSION
* On-line screeners are preferred
Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival prefers online entries submitted via Withoutabox.com, which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’ll join Withoutabox’s global filmmaker community and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities.
* Pre-screening entries can be submitted on DVD-R disc though we prefer on-line screening.
* Screening entries must be digital files
* Do not send your original copy with your entry form.
* Mark film prominently with filmmaker’s name, title of work, total running time (TRT) in minutes (not to exceed 30 min.), and category.
* A clear and current photocopy of the filmmaker’s student ID(s) or a signed statement from a school official printed on school letterhead stating that the filmmaker was a student when he/she made the film.
* A short synopsis of the entry.
* A short bio of the filmmaker(s).
The Reality Bytes Film Festival is open to U.S. and International students enrolled in (or recently graduated from) high school, or an accredited college or university. There is no limit to the number of entries a filmmaker can submit but each entry requires a separate entry fee. The films may not be more than thirty (30) minutes in length, produced more than two (2) years prior to submission, or have been previously submitted to Reality Bytes Film Festival.
Films may fall into two categories (Short Documentary or Short Fiction) and can encompass any genre. Films with mature content will be considered. All entries must be submitted on DVD-R disc. All entries, regardless of production cost or budget, are evaluated on the basis of originality of concept, technical production skill, and creativity in execution.
Although every possible care will be taken with your films while they are in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Please send copies only–do not send originals.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Submission of an entry gives Reality Bytes Film Festival permission to show the work at the annual Festival only. The winning films, the winners’ names, the title of their entries, and the names of their schools will be posted on the Reality Bytes website. Filmmakers are responsible for securing clearances or legal permission for the use of any copyrighted musical, cinematic, or literary materials. Please note that upon entering Reality Bytes Film Festival, you are granting Northern Illinois University the right to reproduce or utilize any and all portions of your entry for promotional purposes for the current festival only. Submission of an entry to Reality Bytes does not guarantee that a work will be shown at the Festival. Reality Bytes reserves the right to refuse to screen any film at the festival.