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2017 MMEA High School Video Festival

Below is the 2017 Video Festival Packet with information regarding this year’s festival. The biggest changes for this year include the deletion of 2 categories, the addition of 2 categories, and a change in the judging procedures. Also at the bottom are PDFs of some documents that you may need to access quickly. These documents can be found in the festival packet as well.

This year’s festival will once again be held at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 9a-1p. The details regarding the actual festival day still need to be ironed out, but we are looking at the format being similar to last year’s festival (again with no lunch). Also know that each school may be required to help supervise a certain area for a certain amount of time during the festival. The assignments will be determined at a later date, but this may be necessary to make sure that our students stay in the areas they are supposed to be in. If you have a student who will not respect the authority of a staff member from another school, then I would think twice about bringing that student to the festival. Attending the festival should be a privilege.

One-Minute Videos: Like we do every year, we would like to ask each school to produce a 1-minute video that highlights your program. Even if you are not entering any videos into the festival, we would still love to have a video highlighting your program! We will show these videos during the break times on the day of the festival. Please do not go over 1-minute for your highlight video. This video will need to be turned in to Lisa NO LATER THAN Monday, April 10th. You may send your video on DVD, or upload it to Vimeo or YouTube (and email the link to Lisa).

As of right now, each school is limited to bringing 20 students and 2 adults to the festival. This is a change from years past because the number of schools in MMEA has increased. The possible availability of extra “tickets” will be discussed in a future email. There will be a spot on the Submission Summary Report when you submit your schools information and initial payment where you will be able to request extra tickets, but please do NOT pay for those extra tickets when paying your fees by March 17th, as those extras are not guaranteed. We need to see how many schools request extra tickets and then see if there is space available to accommodate those extra requests. An email will be sent out after March 17th to schools requesting extra tickets letting them know if that request has been approved or not. At that time, we will be asking for payment for those tickets.

Payment information will be sent out via email in early February with complete directions.

I can not stress enough how important it is for you to read thru the packet completely. The answers to many questions I receive are found in the packet. It is also very important that you follow the entry rules we have established. Any deviations from those rules may result in the disqualification of an entry.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the festival packet, please email Lisa at

2017 Festival Packet

2017 Festival Categories

2017 Festival Division Breakdown

2017 Submission Summary Report

2017 7-Day Film Challenge

Winter Institute 2014

The Winter Institute 2014 will take place on February 4th from 9a-2p at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago. The address is 28 N. Clark Street, Suite 500. Please plan on arriving between 8-9am. Flashpoint is approx. 1/2 mile from the Ogilvie Train Station and .8 miles from Union Station. Parking is nearby and will be discounted to $14 from $30.

To register for the Institute, please click here. Please register no later than February 1st.

For details regarding the day, please view this handout: Winter Institute Information

If you are NOT a current CTEC member, there is a $40 fee to attend this Institute. Checks are payable to CTEC and are due either before the Institute or can be turned in when you arrive at Tribeca Flashpoint. Please see the information in the handout (above) regarding payment.

This day will be an opportunity to connect with personnel from local colleges and universities and discuss our students futures beyond high school.

University representatives include: Geoffrey Tarson from Northwestern University, Matthew Irvine from DePaul University, John C.P. Goheen from Loyola University, Columbia College-Chicago, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy



Winter 2013 Show & Tell

Digital Signage: Presented by Jeff Krohn (Lockport): Video Digital Signage Handout

Clip of the Week: Presented by Breda Murphy (Oswego East): Video Clip of the Week Handout

Community Commercial: Presented by Kent Meister (Mundelein): Video Community Commercial Handout

Pixar Assignment: Presented by Joe Macchia (Neuqua Valley): Video Pixar Assignment Handout

Shot Variety Exercise: Presented by Scott Larson (Batavia): Video Shot Variety Exercise

Smartphone Group Project: Presented by Steve Douglass (Lake Forest): Smartphone Group Project

Lyons Township Media Curriculum: Presented by Bill Allan: Video

Authentic Experiences: Presented by Frank Rice (Shepard): Video


Meeting – March 5th

The next CTEC meeting is Tuesday, March 5th at 5:00pm at Glenbrook South High School. To RSVP for this meeting, please go to this link by Thursday, February 28th @

Dinner will be provided at this meeting. Members are encouraged to arrive between 4:30-5p. Please bring all CTEC video festival forms and fees with you to this meeting. There is no fee to attend this meeting.