The BYU Final Cut Film Festival is a student-produced, student-created film festival. Over a period of several evenings, we screen a collection of the best fiction films, documentaries, commercials, and animations that students create here at BYU. Final Cut is sponsored by the BYU Theatre and Media Arts department and the Student Film Association. The purpose of this festival is to encourage students to create and watch meaningful and creative media. Festival submissions are open to all current BYU students.
The film festival screens students’ submitted films of varying genres (short films, commercials, documentaries, experimental films, etc.). All films must adhere to BYU honor code standards and the TMA viewing policy.
Although we would love to show every film submitted to Final Cut, due to time restrictions we have to go through a selection processes. Film submissions are judged by a council of both students, faculty, and staff. Films are judged by story, technique, creativity and audience appeal. Selected films are then programmed and divided-out into the different showings.
Tickets are available online at BYUarts.com and at the HFAC Box Office.
There will be two programs screened at Final Cut, each about 75 minutes long. There are two screenings each night of the festival with an awards ceremony after the last screening on Saturday. The Programs will go as follows:
Friday, April 10:
6:30pm – Program A
8:30pm – Program B
Saturday, April 11:
6:30pm – Program B
8:30pm – Program A
10:15pm – Final Cut Award Ceremony (Free event)
1) Although we don’t have a time restraint on films submitted, please note that submitting a longer film may decreases the probability that it will be screened since one of the main purposes of the festival is to showcase as many student films as possible. Films 15 minutes or longer are subject to being screened at a time and a place other than Final Cut. No film is guaranteed a Final Cut screening regardless of length or personal funding sources.
2) As a student film festival, every film must be submitted by someone who was a BYU student during the 2014-15 school year and feature a primarily student crew.
3) All film content will be evaluated in accordance to the BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts Selection, Viewing, and Creating policy. You can access the TMA Viewing and Creation policy here.
4) Film content must follow the guidelines established in the Aims of a BYU Education and the BYU Honor Code and have cleared all rights to script, visual and audio content.
5) The film’s project leader can submit no more than 2 films for consideration
6) Initial submissions of all entries must be via a Vimeo or YouTube link