​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​RENO FILM FESTIVALX

Reno Film Festival X
The Biggest Little Student Film Festival in the World

Categories for Submission 

​​RenoFFX Youtube Channel

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Category X: Spy/Detective Short Films


Short Film Any Genre

  • Narrative short, any genre 
  • Less than 5 Minutes 

Experimental Short Film 

  • Less than 5 minutes 
  • This is distinguished from Short Film in that Experimental Film/Video breaks most of the rules associated with good storytelling and filmmaking technique and approach. 
  • The “experimental” label is used to indicate video that is meant to be abstract art more than it is meant to be a linear storyline or popular, mass entertainment. 

Animation/Animatic Short Film

  • Less than 5 minutes
  • Animated Shorts. Animation entries should be fully rendered short films with a clear storyline, not a random piece of animation or 3D modeling. 

Music Video 

  • Less than 5 minutes 
  • Music Videos can be all original or use copyrighted music. 
  • Copyrighted music used in Music Videos must be credited in the video to be accepted and may NOT be published separately 
  • Original and copyrighted Music Videos will be judged together, with the focus being on production skills and techniques. 

Category X: Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic Short Films

  • Less Than 5 Minutes
  • Create a short film (narrative) based on a Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic future.

    ​Imagine the future and delve into the depths of humanity on the brink of survival.

    Less than 5 minutes, all original, no copyrighted material (including music), and focused on an imagined, nightmarish future, whether it is a dystopian society or a post-apocalyptic setting.

    *The use of firearms and the inclusion of graphic violence is prohibited. Be creative and suggestive and let the audience use their imagination as you explore the human psyche and the implications of a world gone wrong.



Documentary Short

  • Documentary Feature Style Video. Distinguished from a news package in scope, length, style, and content. 
  • Less than 10 Minutes 

Public Service Announcement 

  • 30-60 Seconds
  • Sponsored by Join Together Northern Nevada 
  • Topic: One Choice Messaging in regard to Teen Substance Abuse
    • ​​Click Here for more information on "One Choice Messaging"
  • Must include a "call to action"
  • Cash Prizes: 1st - $500, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $200 
  • ​Link: PSA Guide

News Package/Report 

  • Broadcast style, Real news stories and features 
  • Less than 3 Minutes 


  • Awards include Trophies, Plaques, Certificates, Gift Certificates, and Cash prizes for the PSA category 
  • Finalists will be named and awarded for each of the eight individual categories, with separate awards for Director's Prize, Best Fiction, Best Non- Fiction, and Best in Show 
  • All Finalists (Top 3 in each category), regardless of place, will receive Festival Finalist Certificates. 

Reno FFX Information 

Website: renoffx.com
Email: renonvffx@gmail.com

Mail Entries, Forms, and Payments to: 

Communication Arts and Media Academy
Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology 
380 Edison Way, Reno, NV 89502