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2024 Spindletop Student Storytellers Competition

The Boomtown Film Society and Lamar University Communication Department present

The Spindletop Student Storytellers Competition

Boomtown is excited to announce a new film and audio storytelling competition exclusively for grade-school students in Southeast Texas!



    Any narrative or documentary short, but the run time may be no longer than 6 minutes and the subject matter must conform to this year’s designated theme: “diversity & inclusiveness / compassion.”
    Make a short movie! The run time must be between 1 and 6 minutes, including credits. Your film may be about any subject matter and of any genre other than documentary.
    Make a short movie! The run time must be between 1 and 6 minutes, including credits. Your film must be a documentary, but can be about any subject matter.
    Create a PSA! The run time must be between 30 seconds and 1 minute total. Your public service announcement must include both audio and video, and may be about any subject matter.

Who is eligible to participate?

Students in grades 6 – 12 that are currently enrolled within Jefferson, Orange or Hardin County, Texas.

How much does it cost to enter?
Nothing! There are no entry fees for this contest, but no more than 2 entries are allowed per student.

Will there be a presentation of the entries and an awards ceremony?
Yes! Contest winners will be informed by Lamar University by February 1, 2024 and a presentation of contest entries will be held during the Boomtown Film & Music Festival on February 24. Note that entry in the Spindletop Student Storytellers Competition is completely free for an unlimited number of participants, but it does not include complimentary admission to the Boomtown Film & Music Festival.

How do I enter?
All contest entries will be accepted digitally. Just upload your work to our submission page at Filmfreeway.com/SpindletopStudentStorytellersCompetition

When is the deadline?
This year’s call for entries will be open for two months from Friday, November 10 – Wednesday, January 10.

Is there a contest theme?
There is one themed category. The theme for this year in that category is “diversity & inclusiveness / compassion.” All other contest categories may be about any subject matter.

Do entries need to be new?
All entries must be made during the 2023/2024 school year.

Can I use copyrighted material in my entry?
By entering this contest you’re stating that you are, or have the permission of, the owner of all materials (footage, music, etc.) that are used in your entry. Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials will negatively impact your film during judging.

Are there any restrictions on content?
We ask that all entries be suitable for public broadcast.

Remember: Please include complete contact information when adding your entry on FilmFreeway. Please keep your entry available for viewing on FilmFreeway at least until the date of the event.

Good Luck!

If you have any additional questions about the 2023 Spindletop Student Storytellers Competition or need further guidance, please contact O’Brien Stanley at [email protected].