Celebrating storytelling in student film through digital animation, editing and special effects.

Frame by Frame is Back for 2021!

Frame by Frame is an international student film festival that celebrates the use of technology in the art of film. Frame by frame will be returning for a 2020- 2021 season. Look for submissions opening on November 1, 2020, with an online screening and awards show on April 17, 2021.

Submissions are handled through the festival’s FilmFreeway site at https://filmfreeway.com/FramebyFrameFilmFest

This year, the festival will be expanding its categories from just high school special effects and high school animation into the following four categories:

Youth (18 and under) digital editing and special effects 
Youth (18 and under) digital animation 
University digital editing and special effects 
University digital animation 

Awards & Prizes

The top 3 films in each category will receive an award and have their film shown at the festival.Rules & Terms

Frame by Frame is a film festival that seeks to spotlight student filmmakers working with animation, editing and special effects to enhance their story telling. Any currently-enrolled high school student (grades 9-12 in U.S., years 10-13 in U.K., grade 10-12 in Canada, year 9-12 in Australia or equivalent in other countries) in public, private, or homeschool may submit films in the “Youth” categories. Older students should submit in the “University” categories.

Applicants may submit one film per category.

Film Eligibility

Your film must have been completed within the last two years, be no shorter than 60 seconds, and no longer than 8 minutes including credits. The work must be original. Adaptations, spoofs, and satires will be admitted, however blatant plagiarism will not qualify for the festival.

Please remember that this is a competition that includes high school filmmakers. Obscene, gratuitous or inappropriate material will be automatically eliminated from the competition. 

Any film that includes main dialogue that is not English must be submitted with English subtitles.


A panel of judges made up of educators in film as well as industry professionals will be evaluating submissions to Frame by Frame. Films will be evaluated on how effectively digital animation, special effects and editing advance the storytelling of the film.

The Fine Print

Frame by Frame does not accept any responsibility for loss of or damage to any submitted materials. Submitted materials will not be returned. The festival reserves the right to alter the timetable, prizes, venue or any other details contained in this submission information.

If an Entry contains any content (music, video, stills) which is subject to the rights of third parties, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting the film, any and all content licenses necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the film by Frame by Frame Film Festival. 

About Us

Frame by Frame was created because as I entered film festivals I noticed that often the writing and directors of the film took center stage. I believe that editing is just as crucial to the story and the making of a film as the writing and directing. I want to help celebrate that side of film as well in high school film fests.

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