SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, and the Hollywood Professional Alliance® (HPA®), the organization serving the professional community by providing expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, and an array of content for a growing number of platforms, have come together for the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival. 

View the 2016 Official Selections!

Jurors curated the selected shorts from a record number of more than 250 submissions from more than 46 countries!

Hosted by SMPTE Director of Engineering and Standards Howard Lukk, the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 Oct., at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California.

The event is being held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2016).

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The Official Selections will be presented in SMPTE Digital Cinema Package (SMPTE-DCP) format, courtesy of Sundog Media Toolkit. Virtual Reality Official Selections may be screened by attendees with viewers provided by Google and Unofficial Cardboard.

The categories are:

Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in the Story — Animated Short 
Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in the Story — Live-Action Short 
Best Use of Mobile Device or Tablet to Convey a Story — Narrative Short 
Best Use of Virtual Reality in Storytelling — Narrative Short 

In addition, the Audience Choice Award will be voted on on-site by attendees and presented at the conclusion of the festival.

Award winners for each category will be announced and presented at the Festival. 

Tickets to attend the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival are available with SMPTE 2016 registration packages or separately at Admission to the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival is free for students, and a $25 donation is suggested for others.

SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Film judges are a diverse group of accomplished motion-imaging professionals from around the world - Click here to view the complete list of 2016 Jurors!

The SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival is open to full-time students currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, film school, high school or secondary school. This is an international festival, and entries from all parts of the world are encouraged. As the festival focuses on technology, students should ideally major in an area that emphasizes engineering, science, advanced technologies, or fundamental theories associated with motion imaging, sound, metadata, and workflows consistent with SMPTE’s field of interest. Eligible students are required to have completed four courses toward their major course of study and be in good academic standing. Supporting documentation and identification must be presented in order to qualify.


There is no fee to enter, and SMPTE membership is not a prerequisite for submission of a film. However, students may join as student members of SMPTE for just $10 or for free if this is their first year of membership when they apply via the Student Membership Challenge (SMC).