Sonoma County Office of Education

21st Century Learning

Five-Minute Film Festival

Festival LogoThe Five-Minute Film Festival is an annual countywide event that provides an opportunity for K-12 students to demonstrate learning in a 21st century context and showcase their work in front of a community audience. To participate, students create, as individuals or in groups, short videos (up to five-minutes long) on a designated theme and submit them to SCOE for judging by a celebrity panel. The top films debut at a spring film festival. See video highlights from the most recent festival below.

Submitting Films

Students must submit their films by March 15, 2019 at the following link.

Submit films here

Event Details

Who: The 2018-19 Sonoma County Five-Minute Film Festival is open to all K-12 students in Sonoma County.
When: April 8, 2019
Where: Third Street Cinemas in Santa Rosa
Event Theme: Voice

Informational Meetings and Workshops

When: October 25, 2018, 3:45 - 5:00pm
Where: Sonoma County Office of Education (5340 Skylane Boulevard, Santa Rosa)

Download the 5-Minute Film Festival Flier Here

Download the Informational Presentation Here

How to Participate

All films that meet the Festival guidelines will be showcased on the SCOE website. A panel of celebrity judges will determine the winners and the top 15 films will be screened at a free viewing at 3rd Street Cinemas in Santa Rosa. Films will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Connection to the Festival Theme
  • Storytelling
  • Educational Content
  • Creativity

Films must be no more than five minutes long. All submissions must be student-created and abide by Copyright and Fair Use Policy. Students may submit only one individual film, although additional participation in group submissions is permitted. All films must be uploaded to YouTube.

To limit the number of film submissions to a manageable amount, we are limiting teachers to a maximum of 5 submissions. We highly recommend you have a local film festival for your class and/or school and determine the best films to submit to the festival.

Each film submission must also include a movie poster. While the films will not be judged on the poster, the posters from the films selected for the Festival will be displayed at Third Street Cinema during the event. The poster should be in PDF format and can be created using Lucid Press, Canva, Pixlr, or other software. To learn more about how to create the poster, click here

How Films will be Judged: Take a look at the Rubric and Judging Panel page to meet the celebrity judges and learn how films were judged.


Submission Help

Fair Use Guidelines (pdf)
How to Upload to YouTube

Resources for Making Films

Access the Tools for Making Films that SCOE has compiled for Five-Minute Film Festival participants.
Click here for resources for making films in your classroom from edutopia.

Resources for Making Films

Access the Tools for Making Films that SCOE has compiled for Five-Minute Film Festival participants.

Past Festivals

This video was taken at the first annual Five-Minute Film Festival on March 16, 2015. Special thanks to Lucky Knox Multimedia for producing this video recap of the event.


Event Director/Spokesperson:
Dan Blake |

Event Manager (Event Content and Structure):
Matt O'Donnell |