Stompers Film Festival

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Centennial Student Union - Ballroom

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Call for Entries 


We are happy to announce that from now until April 1st, 2024, submissions are open for the Stomper's Film Festival. The festival is open to all MSU Mankato students.  Films can be short – in fact, they must be 7 minutes tops.  The winning selections will be featured on the MNSU Student Events Team website and shared across Student Events Team social media pages. Top selections will also be eligible for prizes.  

Submission Guidelines

  • All films must be shorter than 7 minutes.
  • All films must be made by currently enrolled MSU Mankato students.
  • No film may use copyrighted material, including music, TV shows, or movies.
  • One copy of each film must be submitted via USB or One Drive link to CSU 173 by noon central time on April 1st, 2024.
  • All filmmakers must accompany the film with an OFFICIAL APPLICATION. Official applications will be availaible shortly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are Groups of Filmmakers allowed?

   A. Yes! Groups of filmmakers of any size are allowed to submit, but please submit the film only once on behalf of the group.

    • Groups can have as many people as they would like, but there will be only 1 prize awarded to each group. See prize list below (Official Rules Sec. 7)

Q. Who can submit?

   A. The person submitting the film must be at least 18 years of age.

Q. Did you recieve my entry?

   A. Registration will include a confirmation email, to outline specific dates and deadlines for all filmmakers.

Q. When will I hear if my film [is a finalist/is a winner/will be shown]?

   A. Submission deadline is April 1st, 2024 at noon. Preliminary viewings will be held to make sure films meet criteria. You will be notifed shortly after with the decision.

Q. Can I enter more than one film?

   A. No.

Q. More questions?

   A. Bill Tourville:

       Eyuel Gezahegn:

Official Rules

By entering the “Stomper's Film Festival”, Entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Any violation of these rules may, at Sponsor’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of the judges regarding this Competition are final and binding in all respects. (Minnesota State University, Mankato is referred to in these rules as the “Sponsor”). 

  1. COMPETITION PERIOD: Competition period is currently open and ends April 1st 2024 at noon Official entries must be received by the end of the Competition Period.  
  2. ELIGIBILITY: This Competition is only open to students currently enrolled at Minnesota State University, Mankato, who are at least 18 year old as of the date of entry.
  3. HOW TO ENTER: In order to enter this competition, entrants must deliver a USB or One drive link containing their video, to The Students Activities Office in Centennial Student Union 173. Entrants must read and agree to all rules and regulations, and submit the entry form.


     The entry must:

  • Include the title of an original video.
  • Include the name of the filmmaker(s).
  • Be 7 minutes or less in length, including opening and/or closing credits;
  • Only use authorized content, including, without limitation, music, images, film clips, and other intellectual property.
  • Only contain images or likenesses of any individuals who have provided their authorization or whose parents or guardians have provided authorization if such individuals are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.
  • Be appropriate for viewing by the general public (appropriateness will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion)
    • If students have questions about whether their content is appropriate, please direct questions to (Eyuel Gezahegn)
  • Be originally authored or the entrant must have written permission to use copyright-protected material. All text, images, videos, and other content and materials submitted by entrants, including without limitation, the items described in subsections (a)-(h) above.

All entries meeting the submission requirements are automatically included in the Stomper's Film Festival. After the final submission deadline, the Selection Committee will review all films in competition in their entirety. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry at its sole discretion.

    5. WARRANTY: Entrant represents and warrants that Submission is the original work of entrant, it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity. Entrant further represents and warrants that the Submission does not contain any defamatory, obscene, or otherwise unlawful matter.

    6. FINALIST SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: There will be (1) round of judging. A panel of judges consisting of (4) students and staff will conduct the preliminary and final review and select films that will be presented at the Film Festival on April 9th, 2024. Judges will review and score the Submissions according to the following criteria:

    • Content
    • Technical Quality
    • Overall Quality

     7. PRIZE DESCRIPTION: The first prize film will be posted on Student Events Team online media and included in the pre-show presentation week following Film Festival as well as awarded the prize of winners choice up to $200 value. The second prize film will win a $50 Best Buy gift card. The Audience Choice award winner will win a $25 Visa card.   

     8. OWNWERSHIP AND LICENSE: Ownership in any Submission shall remain the property of the Entrant, but entry into this Competition constitutes entrant’s irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, that the Sponsor may use, reproduce, publish, transmit, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance or display such Submission, and the entrant’s name and/or likeness for any purpose, including any and all media now in existence or hereafter created, throughout the world, for the duration of the copyright in the Submission. Sponsor and/or others authorized by the Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the Submission.

      9. CONTENT SPONSOR: This Film Festival is sponsored by the State of Minnesota, by and through the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on behalf of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Centennial Student Union 173.


        • Applicable Law. Minnesota law applies to this Agreement without regard for any choice-of-law rules that might direct the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction.
        • Jurisdiction and Venue. The parties hereby irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in the State of Minnesota, in any action arising out of or relating to this Agreement, and waive any other venue to which either party might be entitled by domicile or otherwise.
        • Entire Agreement. This agreement constitutes the sole agreement of the parties with respect to its subject matter.  It supersedes any prior written or oral agreements or communications between the parties. It may not be modified except in a writing signed by the parties.
        • If any part of this agreement is for any reason held to be unenforceable, the rest of it remains fully enforceable.


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