Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there no link to submit for regional and state judging?
There is a link to submit. However, keep in mind that your district may be using our form and submitting the information to us. So you will only complete the state form, if your district uses a different entry form for their contest.
Why is there no fair use?
All non-original content MUST be cited in the film. It is recommended student-produced music be cited as well, especially if it is created with electronic loops and music creators. Citing student produced material clarifies content for judges. Please read the copyright guidelines carefully and follow them.
How do I submit my project?
Districts will have a procedure for submitting entries. If your district doesn't use a duplicate version of the state entry form, you will need to complete the Jim Harbin Entry Form before May 1.
What if I don’t have a district contact?
Contact the chair for your region. Regional Chairpersons.
What happened to my video?
If you have not received judges’ comments and feedback for your submission, please contact your district contact or regional chair for information. All state winners will be posted on the FAME website in July.
Do I need a FAME member on my campus to participate in Jim Harbin?
May teachers and other adults act or sing in the video?
We encourage teacher and family participation. However, adults should not take a primary role or character in the story. NO ADULTS may shoot or edit the video.
What music and sound effects can I use in my video?
Original work is valued in the Jim Harbin Festival. If you choose to use another artist’s work, you MUST cite your source: creator, publication date, and website, if applicable. ANY MUSIC you find online HAS A COPYRIGHT UNLESS STATED. If using Creative Commons, you may submit a screenshot or download of the free use statement from the artist. Emails and letters from the artist or publishing company also are acceptable. If your district holds a music license, please submit a copy with your project. Again, it is recommended that you site student produced music and artwork so that the judges know where it originated and are not questioning the copyright of the work.
Are there time limits for my video?
YES. Please see the contest guidelines for specific limits in each category.
Why do I need parent permission to submit a video?
If your project wins at the regional or state level, we will need to use your name, picture, and likeness if you appear in the video. Students not appearing on video ALSO need permission, so FAME may post their name and school name for the winning video. The contact information you provide will also help us get your trophy to you in case you are unable to attend the festival in November.
Are storyboards and scripts required?
YES. Videos submitted without a storyboard OR script will not be scored. Either is acceptable. Both are not necessary, but judges appreciate extra effort.
What if I don’t agree with the judges’ decision?
ALL JUDGES’ DECISIONS ARE FINAL. Sponsors should receive a judges’ feedback Gsheet with praise and constructive criticism within a few weeks of the winners posting. If you do not receive information of your video’s status, please see the appropriate chair.
Can I use Instagram and YouTube videos in my project?
If students listed on the submission form created the videos and are eligible to compete in the age category, YES. We suggest citing the author/creator of the video and where it was previously posted. Videos created by someone other than an eligible student may not be used.
Can I send a link to my project online?
No. We are using the Jim Harbin Media Festival Entry Google Form for all submissions. If your district did not use a duplicate of the state form, you will need to complete the Jim Harbin Entry Form before regional judging, May 1 to be eligible for regional and state level judging.
How many students may be listed on the project?
Student groups may not exceed twelve.
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