T Tauri Film Festival Seeks Entries to

The 7th Annual Young Filmmakers Competition


Deadline April 1, 2011



If you are a filmmaker in grades 6 through 12, we invite you to submit your film to the T Tauri Young Filmmakers Competition, one of the longest-running competitive youth film showcases in the country. While only a few films can be winners, a large number of entries will be screened for the public at the 7th T Tauri Film Festival in Batesville, Arkansas, and will be posted on the online young filmmakers screening room/learning lab, the T Tauri Galaxy.


T Tauri Winners and Official Selections have also been broadcast on Arkansas public television and screened at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. So this is your chance to put your movie exactly where it ought to be--on the big screen!



There's no entry fee and the judges are teens who share your passion for movies and really get it. Cash and/or equipment prizes will be announced here in the next couple of months. In addition to prizes, winners who are in grades 10-12 also receive a $1,000 scholarship to the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, Tennessee. The scholarships will be awarded to all of the "principals" who worked on the winning films, including the director, producer, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter.




  • Drama

  • Comedy

  • Short Documentary (10 minutes or shorter)

  • Long Documentary (10-30 minutes)

  • Animation

  • Experimental and Music Video

Trophies are also awarded to the best films in the following special category:

  • ArkanSTAR! - Best film made by an Arkansas filmmaker



  • Movies must be postmarked by April 1, 2011.

  • Movies must be produced by youth in grades 6 through 12.

  • Movies must have been produced in the past two years (between April 2009 and April 2011) and not previously submitted to the T Tauri Film Festival.

  • Movies must be submitted in DVD format.

  • Movies must be 30 minutes or less in length. Entrants are advised that entries over 15 minutes may not be viewed in their entirety by the judges.

  • There is no limit to the number of movies you may enter. To facilitate the judging process, each movie submitted should be on a separate DVD unless the entries are in the same category.

  • A completed and signed Entry Form should be submitted for each movie entered. All entry form information will be kept confidential. Only the names and ages of the filmmakers will appear in the program and on the website, along with the title, year, and length of the movie and the filmmaker's description.

  • Any music, images, footage, or text used in your movie must be original or, if copyrighted, you are responsible for obtaining written permission for its use.

  • Movies depicting violence, pornography, racism, sexism, or profanity will be disqualified.

  • The T Tauri Film Festival and Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc., their governing board, employees, volunteers, partners, or sponsors do not assume responsibility for any liabilities, costs, or injuries incurred in the production of your movie nor for any complaints, judgments, losses, expenses, or attorney's fees arising in connection with any and all claims based on material you are submitting to the T Tauri Film Festival.



Competition Winners will be announced by July 1, 2011. Festival Official Selections (movies that will be screened at the Festival in addition to the Winners) will also be announced by July 1, 2010.




DVDs will be returned to you if a self-addressed return envelope with return postage in included with your submission. DVDs of movies that will be shown at the Festival will be kept by the T Tauri Film Festival for archival purposes and for possible inclusion in a "Best of T Tauri" touring program.




1.  Read the Entry Guidelines to confirm that you are eligible and understand the contest rules.


2.  Open and print an entry form (one for each movie or writing submission entered). Click below for the form of your choice:

Film Entry Form in .pdf format

Film Entry Form in .html format


Entry forms must be printed and typed or hand-written; they cannot be completed online.


3.  Complete and sign the appropriate form and have it signed by a parent or guardian.


4.  Send a copy of your DVD, with the completed and signed entry form, to the following address by April 1, 2011 (postmark deadline):


T Tauri Film Festival

195 Peel Road

Locust Grove, AR 72550


If you have any questions about the competition, call 870-251-1189 or email ttauri@wildblue.net.



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