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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM 

               Teams Gather


9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

              Orientation/Rules Review/Warm Up/Location Selection


9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

              GROUP PHOTO - Last Questions


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Post Production


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

             Prepare for screening at the Susan and Gary Martin Screening Room


2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Screen Films


3:00 PM - 3:10 PM

              Raffles and entertainment


3:10 PM - 3:30 PM 



3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

             Cake and Goodbyes




If you have any questions about the roles, please do not hesitate to ask and please know that you are welcome and may be encouraged to take on several roles throughout the day.


Resident Advisor

This person is a campus resident who will guide the collaborative process and will make the final ruling on any decision that is in dispute.  Their say is final.

This person does not need to take on the role of director if someone else on the team wants to do that and the resident chooses to be on camera.



This person is familiar with the campus and can help guide the team to the various locations.  This person is also responsible to make sure the entire team keeps to the schedule listed above. This person will also ensure everyone in their team gets T-shirts and lunches and knows their role(s) for the day.


Assistant to Resident Advisor

This person assigned to the advisor, will be able to work closely with Resident Advisor and the other residents on the team to help with small needs that may crop up.

This person will also be helping those who are limited in their mobility.  If you can gently push a wheelchair, you qualify for this.



This role could fall to a few people on the team.  This person is leading the charge to capture the film on a smartphone and/or tablet. This person needs to have enough free storage for the event and any cables necessary to download the files to the editor.

This person also needs to follow the technical specs that will be provided prior to the festival. One of the technical requirements is to shoot in a maximum resolution of 1080p—no 2K or 4K please.



This person will be with the team from the beginning and may play multiple roles, but ultimately, they are the one at the computer loading the files, editing the content and delivering the show ON TIME to our Media Supervisor at 2pm.


Jury Member

This person will watch all the short films at the end of the day and decide the winner for each category. They will need to arrive at the Louis B. Mayer Theater by 2:15 pm.


Crew/Cast/ Support

These people are the lifeblood of the team.  They are helping to guide the camera, racing to get the right props as the cast is rehearsing, adding to the arch of the character they are portraying and are working as a team to make a fun and creative short film in a dizzying amount of time.

This year, we will be trying out something new…a casting corral for teams to pull from for extra talent. Anyone who is not casted from the corral will become a jury member. 



There are a number of volunteers who will be providing assistance such as:


Check – in

T-shirt Distribution

Make-up and Hair

Art Department

Audio File Searches

Media Support issues


                                                                        Below is an overview of the rules.


  1. All cinematography used in the finished short film must originate from a smartphone used on the day and for the purpose of the Instant Film Festival. Pre-recorded footage and/or found footage is not acceptable.
  2. Catchphrase will be provided and must be used in the film.  
  3. Music used in the finished short film must come from our licensed music library (Omni) and from no other sources.
  4. Motion graphics are permitted as long as they are original and not copywritten/watermarked. Feel free to use programs such as Adobe After Effects and Photoshop if you so please.



Activity Shifts Start End
Actors and Extras 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Assistant to Resident Advisor 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Camera Phone Operators 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Crew 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Editor 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Event Support (Art/Audio/Media) 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Jury Member 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Makeup and Hair 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Timekeeper 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020
Volunteer Check-In/T-Shirt Distribution 1 3/1/2020 3/1/2020


Activity Shifts Start End
Orientation 1 3/22/2020 3/22/2020



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