Entering the Festival

The deadline for entries for the 2017 - 18 Media Festival is to be determined. Any media projects completed after the deadline from the last school year, will be eligible for the 2017-18 Media Festival.

There are now two ways you can submit your projects to the Media Festival

1. The Traditional Method

Todd Rutan
Media Festival
Support Services Center
Chenango Campus

2. The Digital Method

(NOTE - for Photojournalism, Desktop Publishing, Computer Graphics and Presentation entries, we still require physical media such as print-outs or discs. See the official rules for more information)

Instructions for Filling out the Entry Form

On the official entry form please provide the following information.

Student Name(s): Please provide names for all student who participated in the production of the project, if there are more names than will fit in the space provided, feel free to attach a separate sheet.

Teacher or Advisor: Please provide the name of a teacher or staff member who can be contacted in case there are questions about the entry.

Email: Please provide an email address for the teacher or advisor that is listed.

Title of Entry: The title that the student has given the entry

Your School District: Enter the name of your school district

Your School Building: Provide the name of your school building.

Category: Check only one category

Media Type: In this box on the form, check which media type you submitted.

Entry Level: Check the grade/entry level that applies to the students that produced the entry. If students cross grade/entry levels, choose the highest one that applies. (i.e. if you are working with students in grades 6 & 7, the entry should be submitted to Level 3)

What is the intended message of this entry? This is the most important part of the entry form and the one that is commonly misinterpreted. The student should try to restate the message that is relayed by the entry. The purpose of this question is to help the judges determine weather or not the student was successful in conveying the message.

Student Involvement: Using a 1-4 scale, indicate how much of the production process was actually accomplished by the students. 

Equipment and Software: Use this section of the entry form to list all pieces of equipment and/or software that were used in the production of the entry. (Please do not include supplies)

Official Rules and Entry Requirements

Entries are limited to ten minutes in length; if a longer entry is submitted, only the first ten minutes will be viewed for evaluation. Students may submit an edited version of a longer project showing the “highlights” in a logical sequence. Entries must be submitted either on a Video DVD which is playable on a standard DVD player, or by uploading them online to the official Media Festival Video Dropbox. Go to http://ensemble.dcmoboces.com/Dropbox/DCMOMF and follow the onscreen instructions to upload each entry. Be sure to submit a separate entry form for each video entry. Each DVD entry must be submitted on a separate disc.

Entries in this category must be made up of an image or a series of images taken with either a traditional film-based camera or a digital camera. Photographs may be any size or shape and may be printed in black and white or color. All photos must be mounted or framed for display. A series of photos may be entered as a photo essay and may be mounted separately or on a single background. Participants must indicate on the entry form if they processed or developed the pictures on their own.

Desktop Publishing
This category is for printed publishing projects such as school newspapers, storybooks, pamphlets or flyers. It is not intended to include essays or reports. Any word processing or desktop publishing software may be used. Participants must submit a printed copy of their publishing project. Emphasis in evaluation will be on layout and graphic design, not journalistic style or writing quality.

Computer Graphics (Still) 
Entries in this category may be created using any graphics software package. Entries must be submitted in printed form and must be mounted or framed for display. Entries may contain clip art or digital photographs but the work must be primarily created by using a computer and soft- ware. See the section on project examples for ideas on the kinds of projects which may be entered in this category.

Animations may be created using movie film, video or a computer and may be created using any animation software or by programming. Entries must be submitted on CD-ROM, Video DVD which is playable on a standard DVD player, or by uploading them online to the official Media Festival Video Dropbox. Go to http://ensemble.dcmoboces.com/Dropbox/DCMOMF and follow the onscreen instructions to upload each entry. Be sure to submit a separate entry form for each video entry. Each DVD entry must be submitted on a separate disc.

World Wide Web Pages 
Entries in this category may be created using any web page creation software or by programming with HTML. Web page entries must be submitted either on a CD-ROM or by emailing the HTML file to rutant@dcmoboces.com with “Web Page Entry” in the subject line. If the web page has been published online, it can be submitted by sending the URL for the web page to rutnant@dcmoboces.com with Media Festival Web Page Entry in the subject line. Entries must be viewable using either the Google Chrome or the Mozilla Firefox browsers. A separate entry form must be submitted for each web page entry.

This category is for projects created with desktop presentation software such as PowerPoint or Keynote, or an online service such as Prezi. Entries may contain text, images, audio or video clips and must be entered on CD-ROM or DVD. Each entry must be submitted on a separate disk.

This category is for short radio-like projects that have become very popular on the internet. Entries must be no more than ten minutes long; if a longer entry is submitted, only the first ten minutes will be reviewed for evaluation. Podcasts may be entered on CD-ROM as an MP3 file, as an audio CD, or by uploading them online to the official Media Festival Video Dropbox. Go to http://ensemble.dcmoboces.com/Dropbox/DCMOMF and follow the onscreen instructions to upload each entry.Video podcasts should be entered in the video category. Each entry must be submitted on a separate disk.

The Teacher’s Role 
A teacher may assist a student by:
  • Initiating the media production with an assignment or project idea.
  • Encouraging the student’s creative expression.
  • Providing basic instruction, facilities, and equipment for the completion of the media production.
  • Providing additional resources for research and project content.
  • Providing a critical appraisal of the final project

Criteria for Evaluation 

Entries will be evaluated by professionals in the media from business and industry in our region. Entries will be judged, based on:

  1. Effective visual and/or aural communication. Entries should exhibit a mastery of the medium.
  2. How clearly the intended message, stated on the entry form in the space provided, is communicated.
  3. Technical quality of the entry, we realize that not all students have access to the same kinds of equipment. Therefore it is very important that each piece of equipment and/or software be listed on the entry form in the space provided.
  4. Creativity and originality of visual and/or aural expression.
  5. Mechanics, such as proper spelling, grammar and punctuation (when applicable).
  6. Adherence to copyright law. Works by another artist (i.e., music and photos) must be properly credited


  • All contestants will receive a certificate of participation.
  • First, second, and third place awards will be given in each category at each of the four entry levels.
  • A Media Festival Best of Show Award will be given to the most outstanding entry at each entry level.
  • A Merit Award will be given in an entry level category for which only one entry is received.

All decisions of the judges are final. Any questions regarding these rules may be addressed to 

Mr. Todd Rutan  Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES Instructional Support Services 6678 County Road 32 Norwich, New York 13815-3554  phone (607) 335 - 1369 email rutant@dcmoboces.com

BOCES Instructional Support Services 
reserves the right to copy, photograph or reproduce entries
for the purpose of publicizing the Media Festival.

Project Examples 

To assist you in choosing the correct category for your entries, here are some examples of common projects and the category they should be entered in.

Video - videos of dramatizations, puppet shows, news programs, commercials, documentaries, interviews

Photojournalism - portraits, landscapes, photo essays, sports photos, shadow-grams, photo montages

Desktop Publishing - newspapers, newsletters, advertisements, pamphlets, flyers, posters, banners, storybooks

Animations - claymation, cutouts, cell animations, computer animations, video animations

Computer Graphics - CAD projects, floor plans, maps, product packaging designs, logo designs, architectural drawings

Web Pages - personal pages, mock business pages, classroom pages, digital portfolio pages

Presentations - PowerPoint® presentations, Keynote presentations, HyperStudio® stacks, multimedia projects, Prezis

Podcasts - Interviews, news programs, tips and tricks, informational programs, radio plays