Film Fest

Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest



Introducing… The Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest

Previously known as ProjectFX, the Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest is now open to all New Jersey students from 7th grade onwards, including New Jersey high school grads attending college anywhere in the United States.

This year’s festival takes place on April 6, 2019 at the historic Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, NJ. Trophies will be awarded in the middle school, high school and college age brackets, with nods for “Best Narrative Film,” “Best Documentary,” “Best Direction” and “Best Acting Performance” in each category. In addition, a day-of Audience Award is on the line, as well as a School Award for any school entering three or more films.

Entries can be submitted through Withoutabox.


  • Entry & Submission Period: Now – 3/3/19 – WE HAVE YOUR SUBMISSIONS! Stay tuned for this year’s finalists!
  • Entry method: Film entries should be submitted through
  • Early bird entry fee: $15 (before 1/15/19) | Regular entry fee: $25 (1/16/19 – onwards)
  • March 2019: Selections announced and presented on
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019: Basie Center Teen + College Festival at the Count Basie Center; screening of all selections, onsite voting, workshops / Q&A panel with industry executives and awards ceremony.

Trophies will be awarded in the following categories:

Middle School (7th-8th grade)
-Best Narrative Film
-Best Documentary
-Best Direction
-Best Acting Performance

High School Filmmakers (9th-12th grade)
-Best Narrative Film
-Best Documentary
-Best Direction
-Best Acting Performance

College Filmmakers up to age 25
-Best Narrative Film
-Best Documentary
-Best Direction
-Best Acting Performance

In addition, an Audience Award will be given to the selection with the highest onsite score on April 6th.

A “School Award” will also be given, consisting of a $1,000 donation and Sony filmmaking equipment. To qualify, at least three different selections must be submitted by a single school; winner to be chosen by the highest average score of their films.

Winners in the High School and College “Best Direction” categories will also receive the opportunity for an internship experience with Sony Pictures Classics. Student must be 16 years of age or older and furnish a resume within 5 days of being awarded the best direction trophy to qualify.  Basie Center Film fest laurels will be awarded to all finalists.

Submit on Withoutabox

Rules and Regulations

(1) Eligibility Requirements

  • Films previously submitted to the Basie’s “PROJECT FX” festival are not eligible.
  • Any film submitted must be made after January 1, 2018
  • Middle and high school contestants must be enrolled full-time in a NJ-based school, or be legal NJ residents receiving home schooling. College contestants must be a full-time student attending college in New Jersey, or a graduate of a New Jersey-based high school or home schooling program registered full-time at an out-of-state college or university.
  • Entrants must include proof of student status (copy of student ID, transcript, diploma, etc.) and a current resume
  • All students must be in 7th grade or higher at the time of film submission.
  • Entrants will be asked to identify legal ownership of the film.
  • Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
  • Only complete entries will be considered. Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results. These fees may be paid by credit/debit card only.
  • Films must be submitted via Withoutabox.
  • You may not use copyrighted music or video footage in your film. YouTube and Vimeo are becoming increasingly vigilant about this, and we cannot be responsible for films pulled down for copyright violations.
  • Films must be provided as a .mp4 file via dropbox for download.
  • All films up to 10 minutes in length will be considered.
  • All films must not contain any form of nudity.
  • All entries must be received by 11:59pm on 3/3/19

(2) Judging & Selection

  • Submissions that do not meet the criteria on the Form Outline will be eliminated.
  • All films will be vetted by a sub-committee of the Judging Panel.
  • In March 2019, the top films will be revealed at, as well as the festival’s official Facebook page. Filmmakers will be encouraged to have people like/share their films on Facebook.
  • Judging panel (made up of celebrities and film industry leaders) will view the top films and assess.
  • Judging will be based on a rubric that evaluates how a student utilizes the medium to get the point across in a creative manner.
  • The judges will take into account the storyline, cinematography, technical aspects, sound, editing, and social media presence.
  • The top films will be screened at the Count Basie Center in Red Bank, NJ on April 6, 2019.