Film Competition

Congratulations to the 2021 LAND Student Film Contest Winners!

Film Competition Juror Scott Northrup offered this comment: “Congratulations to all of the student filmmakers who submitted this year. It was great to see the range of work from light comedy to dramas and documentaries dealing with real-life issues, especially the effects of the past two years. Thanks for sharing this work with me and sharing your points of view on screen. Please, keep making films!”


The LAND Film Competition is open to any student enrolled in a credit class at a public Michigan two-year college during the 2022 calendar year.

Each entry must be sponsored by a faculty member (full-time or adjunct) who has reviewed the student’s work and attests that it is appropriate for the contest criteria and competitive rigor at the state level.

Note: This competition is designed to highlight the artwork of our community college level students, in their first years of college education in the visual arts. Therefore, students with extensive film experience, such as a professional, years of making/presenting their films, past film education or degrees, or faculty taking film courses are not eligible to enter.


This year, there is no theme. The Film Competition is open to the best work of the students regardless of theme, concept, or media.


The theme can be expressed in either Fiction or Non-fiction/documentary. All films submitted for jurying must be the student’s original work. Copies of other artists’ work are not acceptable. The LAND Composition Committee retains the right to remove any work deemed not original, is purposely offensive content or discriminatory towards a population, or that does not meet the stated specifications.

Fiction: Expresses an interpretation of the conference theme and is no longer than 20 minutes.

Non-Fiction/Documentary: Topic relates to the conference theme in some way and is no longer than 20 minutes.

The work must entered in a digital form that can be presented at the 2022 LAND Conference which will be held online via Zoom.

Duration may not exceed 20 minutes.


The deadline for the 2022 competition is 11:59 pm, Friday, December 16, 2022. Any student enrolled during the 2022 calendar year is eligible to enter works.

Submission Criteria

The submission form should be filled out by the sponsoring faculty or by the student with the faculty’s approval of the entry.

Contact information for sponsoring faculty is required.

Collaborating students names and contact information is requested if applicable.

The film must be accessible via live link (such as YouTube or Vimeo) or as an MP4 file.

If the live link requires a password, that will be required.

All entries are submitted through this Google docs form:

Display of Film Submissions

Work entered into the contest must be available for presentation at the 2023 LAND Conference.


Entries will be juried by a film professional to determine prize winners.

The 2021 Film Competition Judge is Scott Northrup.


Entries will be evaluated for originality, creativity, and quality of the concept of how effectively the idea relates to the theme. Design and craftsmanship will also be a part of the decision. Films conceptually/visually inspired by other works are welcome, however, works that are replications/copies of an original are not eligible for entry and will not be accepted.

The LAND Competition Committee retains the right to reject or remove any work deemed not original or that does not meet the specifications above.

Students retain the copyright to their submissions to the LAND Film/Documentary Competition. However, students grant LAND the right to reproduce any submission, in full, clips, and/or stills, on its website or any other LAND publication regardless of medium of publication.

Artist/Designer Release

By submission of artwork, the student artist grants permission to LAND to reproduce (without further remuneration) any selected film/documentary. The student also attests to the originality of the work submitted.