23rd Annual MTSU Student Film Festival

MTSU's 23rd Annual Student Film Festival is here! Films will screen on April 10th and 11th, with the awards ceremony on April 13th. All evenings begin at 6:00 p.m. in the KUC Theater. Thursday's award ceremony will feature a special pre-show reception for attendees beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the KUC Lobby.

Who Can Submit?

Any MTSU student in good standing with the university may submit a film. However, the student who submits the film must perform a substantial role in the production of the film (i.e. director, writer, cinematographer, etc.). Alumni may not submit a film; a current student must submit.

Time Limit

S.P.A.R.E has set a time limit of 25 minutes per film. Please do not submit films over this length.


A panel of members from S.P.A.R.E and/or MTSU faculty/staff will preview all films. Explicit content, including but not limited to nudity and excessive violence, will not be tolerated if shown in a way that the panel deems inappropriate. Racism, gender discrimination, and other hate speech will not be tolerated.  Submitters will be notified in advance of their selection into the festival.

Format of Film

When possible, please submit films in ..mp4 video format.


Judges will vote on categories including, but not limited to, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary (if applicable). Dependent on submissions, additional categories may be added for consideration (Best Sound, Best Makeup, Best Costume, etc.).

Awards and prizes will be given on Thursday, April 11th, at 6:00 p.m. in the KUC Theater, with a special pre-show reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. Prizes TBA.

Rules for Submission

All films may be submitted via Film Freeway and are limited to 25 minutes in length. Film production must include at least one current Middle Tennessee State University student enrolled in courses during the semester of the festival. Production role must be deemed significant (i.e. a production with the only MTSU student being an extra will not be permitted).

Please name your file as such: (LastName)(FirstName)(Title).(ext)
Example: TorrenceJackShining.mp4

Submissions are due Friday, March 20, 2023! All films will be assessed for content and judged for entry into the festival. Submitters will be notified by March 29, 2023 of their selection.