ZOOM is a 48-hour student film competition available to any student in British Columbia, Canada between grades 7 and 12. At 5pm on Thursday, October 24, we will announce a PROP and a THEME for this years competition on the front page of the website. Competing teams then have the next 48 hours to write and produce a short film from 30 seconds to 7 minutes in length that incorporates the given prop and theme. Check below for some examples of previous prop and themes.


         The film submission deadline is 5pm on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Once the competition begins, there will be a submission page posted on the website where teams can submit films online. Prior to the start of the competition, team leaders will be sent a link to test their upload speed and capabilities. Please remember that ANY film submitted after 5pm on Saturday, October 26 will be disqualified. It is the responsibility of the team to ensure that they allot enough time for the upload of their submission.


2019 - Glove, "Haste makes waste"

2018 - Compact Disc, "There's no such thing as a free lunch"

2017 - Stamp, "Blessing in disguise"

2016 - Radio, "Between a rock and a hard place"

2015 - Paintbrush, "Luck of the Draw"

2014 - Postcard, "When one door closes, another one opens"


  • There are two film categories: Junior Category (Grade 7 - 10) and Senior Category (Grade 11 - 12).

  • A team's category is determined by the group member of the highest grade. 

  • Each team can have a maximum of 7 members and all participants must currently attend school in British Columbia. 

  • Films must be produced, directed, planned and technically executed entirely by students.

  • The involvement of parents, teachers and professionals is limited to non-creative roles (i.e. technical advice, funding, etc.) with an exception of actors so long as they are not performing in lead roles.

  • Actors who are not in grades 7-12 must be indicated clearly on the registration form. 

  • All competing teams must pre-register with the $50 entry fee, or their film will face disqualification.​


  • All entries must range from 30-seconds (minimum) to 7-minutes (maximum) in length. 

  • Productions and all parts of the film must be completed within the given 48-hour time frame and incorporate the PROP and THEME announced on the website at the start of the competition. T

  • The content and treatment of the films made must be appropriate for an audience of grade 7-12. 

  • Graphic content, including the use of firearms, is not acceptable and the use of strong language should be avoided. 

  • All copies of films will be kept by Mulgrave ZOOM Film Festival. By entering this festival you are granting Mulgrave ZOOM Film Festival non-exclusive rights to retain an archive copy of your production for the purposes of exhibition, promotion, and education.

  • All entries may be used on a compilation video made available to students and media arts educators to be used for educational purposes.

  • Please be advised that Zoom Film Festival and Mulgrave School is not responsible for securing permits to film in public spaces. Obtaining said permits is the sole responsibility of each individual team. For more information regarding student filming permits: Vancouver, BurnabyLangleyNorth Vancouver and West Vancouver.


    • Export = 1080p (H.264 codec) preferred, less than 3gb

    • Label = Category-School-Film Title​ 

      • e.g. Junior -Mulgrave -The Big Cheese​


  • THE USE OF ANY MATERIAL WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER IS ILLEGAL AND WILL AMOUNT IN DISQUALIFICATION. By entering Mulgrave ZOOM Film Festival, you are declaring that the material in your production is either entirely original; or, you obtained proper, legal permission to use someone else’s copyrighted material. For popular songs, you must submit copies of express written consent from both the publisher and the record company which state your name, the name of your production, the title of the song, the names of the composer, performer and publisher and any specific limitations on the use of the song. Any entry using a popular song without this documentation will be disqualified. To use copyright images from books, newspapers, television, videos, video games etc., you must have written permission, including material available on the internet. The “Fair Use Clause” in copyright law applies only to very limited and specific uses; it does not apply to any material shown to the public in our festival. Historic footage (i.e. footage from World War II) must be checked thoroughly for the copyright holder. Check the video for a publishing company. This company will need to be contacted to obtain permission. Documented proof indicating permission to use such materials must accompany your entry. This means copies of all letters of permission.

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 Vancouver Film School is proud to be a longtime supporter of the ZOOM Film Festival. To help celebrate our partnership, VFS will be offering 3-Excellence in Craft awards. These rewards will provide the recipients with a total of $100,000 in tuition reduction.