*Please note – Make sure that you review the Rules and Regulations page prior to submitting a film.

    1. NEW Long Narrative Film (9 Minutes – 30 Minutes). You asked and we listened! New this year, the Long Narrative Film category enables you to explore more in-depth stories with developed plots and characters.
    2. NEW Long Documentary (9 Minutes – 30 Minutes). This new category enables you to explore a more ind-depth look at non-fiction, focusing on a person, place, organization, event, etc.
    3. Commercial (15 seconds-1 Minute): This category is for your best advertisement or promotional video created this year. Subject of the commercial may range from a school-related activity to a commercial product.
    4. Public Service Announcement (30 seconds -2 minutes). This category is for your best advertisement of a cause or charity
    5. Music Video (1-6 Minutes). This category is for original songs or for songs that you have permission to use. You MUST include CREDITS at the end of the video to recognize the musician or band. Please note that we reserve the right to ask you for proof of permission from the artist. Golden Lion Awards has partnered with regional musicians to provide you with the rights to use their songs for a music video or musical score. Check them out at Music Resources.
    6. Comedy (1-5 Minutes). This category is for anything you find humorous. Submissions such as popular “YouTube” video spoofs are accepted.
    7. Short Documentary (2-8 Minutes). This film-type is an in-depth, non-fiction, look at an event, person, place, or thing.
    8. Short Narrative Film (1-8 Minutes). A short film must tell a story—think beginning, middle, end, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution. Remember, a good film starts with a good script.
    9. Informational/Educational Films (1-8 Minutes). This category is for videos that teach or demonstrate (i.e. “how to” videos). Corporate videos also fall into this category.
    10. Newscast/News Story (1-8 Minutes). This category is for solid, broadcast journalism. The winner will be the story that most effectively communicates the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of your chosen topic, which can include school sports. Only TWO COMPLETE Newscasts will be accepted per student. The newscast MUST NOT EXCEED 8 minutes in length. Students may submit multiple News Stories (1-3 minutes in length); however, the News stories should NOT be  part of a submitted NEWSCAST. Duplicate stories will not be accepted.
    11. Animation (1-8 Minutes). This category is a specialty category for those students who excel in computer graphics, computer animation, or flash, or who have the patience for stop-frame animation. Be sure your animation tells a story.
    12. Alternative (1-8 Minutes). This category is for anything that doesn’t conform to any of the other categories. The goal is to have fun, be creative, and entertain.
    13. Junior High Division (up to 8 Minutes): This category is for any type of film created by 7th and 8th grade students.