URBAN-15’s Annual Josiah Media Festival

URBAN-15's Josiah Media Festival


Josiah Media Festival Guidelines
Josiah Media Festival Entry Form
Josiah Media Festival Release Form

The Josiah Media Festival is URBAN-15’s annual nationwide film and media event that is open only to filmmakers age 21 and younger. It is named after Josiah Miles Neundorf, a talented media artist from San Antonio, Texas who passed away in 2006 as a result of osteosarcoma. Despite his short twenty years with us, Josiah expanded the lives of those around him through his brilliance, joy, and determination to create outstanding works in the midst of the physical ravages from this disease. In honor of this artist, his parents, Marcus and Nancy Neundorf, and the URBAN-15 Group created the Josiah Media Festival, an annual film festival designed to showcase outstanding works by young film, video, and media artists.


Who Can Submit

The Josiah Media Festival is open to filmmakers 21 years old or younger around the world! Filmmakers must have been born on or before June 1, 1993 or must have been 21 years old or younger at the time the submitted film was made. All key contributors on the submitted film - director, writer, editor, director of photography - must have been 21 years old or younger at the time the submitted film was made (this does not include any actors in the film).

Film Submission Requirements

Films MUST be submitted as High-Definition (720p) .AVI, .MOV, .MPG, or .MP4 files on a Data-DVD, Data Blu-Ray, or USB flash-drive.
Please note that playable-DVDs are NOT acceptable.
All submitted files MUST be PC-compatible; do not use Mac-proprietary codecs or file formats.
All submitted files MUST be under 5-gigabytes in size; please compress all files larger than 5GB.
Filmmakers will be asked to resubmit their film if the submitted file’s resolution is too low.
SD files are acceptable ONLY if the submitted work was filmed in Standard-Definition (480i).
Films must not exceed 20 minutes total-run-time (TRT includes all credit sequences within the film).
All music and other copyright material within the submitted film must be used with permission of the composers and/or copyright holders.
All films submitted must have been completed within two years of the June 1, 2014 submission deadline.
All film submissions MUST be accompanied with a completed Entry Form AND a signed Filmmaker’s Release Form.

Entry Form Submission Requirements

Submission deadline is June 1, 2014 and must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2014.
Submit entry forms via mail or deliver to Josiah Media Festival, 2500 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210.
If you cannot mail your submission or if you are interested in submitting entry forms or films online, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.
Please write LEGIBLY and fill in ALL applicable areas of the Entry Form and the Filmmaker’s Release Form; all requested information is necessary for submission and must be provided.
Primary festival correspondence will be exchanged through the email address provided in the Entry Form. Each filmmaker MUST provide their own current email address and check regularly for festival updates and awards announcements. Faculty/Mentor email is not solely sufficient; please note that filmmakers may not be eligible for prizes if they do not provide their own email address.

San Antonio native and Say Si student Alejandro Pena's film, "RBG", took 1st-place Experimental in the 2014 Josiah Media Festival!

Film Categories

Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental
If the submitting filmmaker is unsure of the category in which to submit their film, the Josiah Media Festival Committee will assign it to the most suitable category. The Josiah Media Festival Committee reserves the right to reassign the category of any submitted film as they deem fit.

Award Ceremony and Prize Rules

Winning filmmakers in each category will receive B&H Photo and Video gift cards:
$250 for 1st-place
$100 for 2nd-place
$50 for 3rd-place

An additional $250 B&H gift card will be awarded to the “Best-of-Show” winner!
All local filmmakers MUST be in attendance at the Josiah Media Festival Awards Ceremony July 12, 2014 in order to receive their awards and prizes. Awards and prizes will not be mailed or delivered to local filmmakers. Local filmmakers understand that they forfeit their award and prize(s) if they are not in attendance at the awards ceremony.
All winning-filmmakers outside of San Antonio, Texas are greatly encouraged to accept their awards and prizes via Skype. Awards and prizes will be mailed out to non-local filmmakers immediately following the ceremony.
Filmmakers MUST email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if they are unable to attend the ceremony or if you would like to Skype to accept your award.
The URBAN-15 Group reserves the right to withhold or retract any cash prizes awarded.

Please Note

The URBAN-15 Group reserves the right to use still-images and/or video from the submitted films for publicity, promotional purposes, or future events.
All submitting filmmakers and their film crew will receive FREE admission to all three nights of the Josiah Media Festival; passes can be picked up at the door.
Different films will be screened each night of the festival, so be sure to attend all three nights to see every film!