UW Student Film Festival 2019

We’re extremely excited to announce the 2019 UW Student Film Festival and 36 Hour Film Competition!

Our favorite event of the year! The UW Student Film Festival 2019 will take place on Thursday, May 30th in Gowen 301, and showcase the best of UW’s student film creations. To learn more about the submission process please see the FB event page. We encourage all student filmmakers to submit any and all work and to invite their friends! You can submit here.

The UW Film Club’s 36 Hour Film Competition will take place on Friday, May 17th! Create a team of up to 6 and create a short film in 36 hours. We’ll even give you a prop and a line of dialogue to get you on your way! Entries from the 36 Hour Film Competition will play at the UW Student Film Festival. Read more on the event page, and email us at uwfilmfriends@gmail.com to enter.

Submission Process & Rules

UW Student Film Festival

  1. All submitted films must be made by a current student at the University of Washington (graduate or undergraduate). Film must be under 20 minutes in length, MP4 format, and 1080p resolution or lower, and submitted before Monday, May 27th at 11:59pm.
  2. Please submit your film via our Film Freeway link. It is an easy way to submit your work and be notified about the status of your film. Please include the director of the film in the by line of submission. You may submit as many films as you would like for the festival, but only one film per director will be selected. On May 28th you will be notified about the status of your submission.
  3. Attend the Festival on May 30th in Gowen 301!

36 Hour Film Competition

  1. Prior to the event on May 17th, please email uwfilmfriends@gmail.com expressing your interest in competing. Please include a team name. This is done so we know how many props we need to bring the day of.
  2. The 36 Hour Film Competition will begin on May 17th in Red Square at 7:00pm. Groups will randomly select one prop and one line of dialog, and have 36 hours to make a film.
  3. The line of dialog we give you must be spoken in the film. The prop we give you must be featured in the film. Film length should be between  3-5 minutes in length. The tighter the better. Preferred file format is MP4 at 1080p or lower. Suggested teams of 6 people (actors not included – this rule is lenient in order to accommodate teams that want to work together).
  4. All submissions must be turned in digitally via our Film Freeway link between 7am and 8am on May 19th.
  5. All 36 Hour submissions will be shown at the UW Student Film Festival on May 30th.


There will be three awards given out this year. There will be a trophy for Best Overall Film that will be based on scores from our panel of judges. Additionally, there will be an award for the Best 36 Hour Film. This award will also be judged by our panel of judges and we only be competing against films within the 36 Hour Film Competition (though 36 Hour Films do have eligibility for Best Overall Film as well). Lastly, there will be an Audience Award that will be given out based on what film the audience votes as their favorite.


We’re bringing back a guest panel of judges to award Best Film and Best 36 Hour Film, but expanding it to include members of the Seattle film community. On our panel, we have Cinema & Media Studies’ very own Eric Ames, CEO of Electric Dream Factory (and former club VP) Lacey Leavitt, and Scarecrow Video’s Matt Lynch!

Eric is the department  chair of the Cinema and Media Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Washington. He has published papers on nineteenth-century display culture and interrelationship of science, technology, and popular culture. Most recently, he published a book on Aguirre, the Wrath of God in the BFI Film Classics series, and he is currently teaching the Film Noir class on campus.

Lacey is not only a UW alumni and former club vice president, but she is one of the premiere producers in the Pacific North West. Her work is vast as it is broad, garnering producer credits on Colin Trevverrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Lynn Shelton’s Laggies and Outside In, and Megan Griffith’s The Off Hours, Lucky Them, and Sadie. She can be found locally as the CEO of the VR Studio Electric Dream Factory where she produces stories in the new medium of virtual reality as well as traditional film.

Matt is the marketing coordinator for the world’s greatest video store, Scarecrow Video. The self-proclaimed ‘video store dirt bag’ is a member of the Seattle Film Critics Society and a freelance film critic at various outlets, but our members may be more familiar with his reviews on Letterboxd as the frowning green emoticon with one of the sites largest followings.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email uwfilmfriends@gmail.com and we will get back to you ASAP!

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Prior Festivals:

2017 | 2018 | 2019