iSight Short Film Festival

The iSight Short Film Festival is back! Last year was an unqualified success, with submissions from then-current students and alumni, including the Librarians Do Gaga video (as seen on Perez Hilton, Huffington Post,, NPR, etc.). Will your submission be the next to go viral?

Emboldened by last year’s success, we’ve expanded the event slightly. Last year, iArts, iWrite and iSchool Communications were able to fill Allen Auditorium. This year, plans are to hold the screening in the Henry Art Gallery’s auditorium, with a companion reception and art show in the Student Tech Lounge. The screening will be held in late May and promoted across campus, showcasing the terrific creativity of the iSchool community to the entire university.

Submissions can range from parody to comedy to video projects created for Capstone and other class projects. If you have questions feel free to email David at shepard1@uw

 You can find the Facebook group for the festival here:


1. All submissions will due by May 17 at 11:59pm 2. All videos should be posted on YouTube, and the link included in an email message to: by the deadline 3. You grant the iSchool rights to post your video on our website and YouTube channel 4. You will also need to provide us with a master copy of your video (AVI, MOV, or Flash video file)


– $50 gift card to the UW Bookstore
– SIFF Cinematic Six-pack
– SIFF Cinematic Six-pack
– Two-year (12 issue) subscription to Script magazine
– Flip UltraHD Video Camera
– SIFF Film Buff 20-pack


– “I Love Short-shorts” Award (less than 3 minutes)
– Spirit Award (best embodiment of iSchool spirit)
– iOpener Award (best film with a “social responsibility” theme)
– Best Screenplay
– Best Picture (as chosen by judges)
– Audience Favorite (as chosen by festival viewers)

Cameras/editing software:

If you need to borrow a video camera, UW Classroom Support services has them for checkout.

We also have one or two in the iSchool equipment checkout system:

To edit your video, on Windows you can use the free Windows Live Movie Maker:

On Mac there is iMovie.

In the iSchool labs we also have Adobe Premier Professional, Premier Elements (simpler version), and if you boot into Mac OS X you’ll find Final Cut Express.

Happy filmmaking!

David (for iArts and iWrite)


David J. Shepard
Communications Manager
University of Washington Information School Mary Gates Hall Box 352840 Seattle, WA 98195-2840
w: 206.221.6182
f: 206.616.3152
shepard1 | at |

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