Festival Rules, Guidelines and Information
NOW IN OUR 18th YEAR
Click here to download the MY HERO International Film Festival Call for Entries Postcard.
MY HERO will not accept films that promote hatred, violence, or intolerance. We strive to be an all-ages friendly site, so please keep that in mind when submitting a film for consideration. Work submitted to this film festival must celebrate a hero, explore concepts of heroism, or explore hero-related topics.
Rights & Clearances
By submitting your film to MY HERO, you grant MY HERO permission and rights to place your film, if accepted, in its entirety on the MY HERO film festival website.
By submitting your film to MY HERO, you grant MY HERO permission and rights to publish selected screen shots from your work on the MY HERO Web site and in promotional materials. You also grant MY HERO non-exclusive rights to use your film or excerpts of your film in promotional and educational outreach opportunities, including the MY HERO Portal on the Google Cultural Institute!
Deadlines & Fees:
March 1st - Early Deadline - $25
June 1st - Regular Deadline - $30
August 1st - Late Deadline - $30
September 1st - FINAL Deadline - $35
The Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award has an early deadline of May 1st so we can announce those winners on World Oceans Day June 8th.
Download the Release Form
Download the Parental Consent Form (for actors under the age of 18.)
All footage, video graphics/pictures, and audio (including sound bites, music, etc.) MUST be original, unless you have express written consent of the original owner for use in your work. We will not knowingly accept a movie that contains uncleared material.
1. All work must be original.
2. Only films 10 minutes and under will be accepted.
- Downloadable HD link to your film in Vimeo preferred (if your film is in YouTube we will request a vimeo link), or a download so that we can upload your movie to the MY HERO Vimeo channel (always crediting the filmmaker).
- If your film requires a password, we will request a PUBLIC version if your film becomes a winner.
- If you can NOT have your film publicly available, then please do NOT submit to our festival, or create a version that can be publicly available.
- Winning films are used in lesson plans and featured content to enrich learning for students around the world, this is why we put the films on our website.
3. Selected works must be cleared for exhibition on the MY HERO website.
Certificates are given to all first place winners. Selected winners will receive sponsored prizes.
Cash prizes are available for most Special Awards.
CLICK HERE for Details about the Special Awards
Watch a sizzle about the MY HERO International Film Festival
CLICK HERE to view the FILM FESTIVAL INTRODUCTION VIDEO
CLICK HERE to view an overview video about the Film Festival & Media Arts Education Program
Click image below to access our FREE Media Arts Education resources
LINKS TO VIEW THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ZOOM SESSIONS
View the recording - 10 am program in the 2021 MY HERO International Film Festival
View the recording of the 2 pm - 17th Annual Film Festival Awards Ceremony
A special thank you to our Prize Sponsors - SHURE Microphones & ThinkTank Photo!
The MY HERO Project
International Film Festival
1278 Glenneyre #286
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 U.S.A.
For additional INFORMATION contact: [email protected]