Office of First Year Experience

uncUT Film Festival

film reelsWhat is it?

The uncUT FYE Film Festival is an opportunity for all UT students to document their first-year college experience. Students can team up and create a 3-5 minute video creatively displaying their first year experience. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.We encourage teams to involve at least one college freshmen on their team.

Get Involved with the uncUT Film Festival:  Click here to view the 2010 movie trailer

Here are some sample films:

-Alternative Spring Break
-Joe & Mike's Awesome First Year Experience
-Freshman: Who we are
-GameFaced: The Alex Zarnas Story
-In Search of a Freshman
-"Toledo" Trailer

Where to Start?

Teams consist of three to five UT students with at least one student with freshman status. Each team will receive an upper class mentor for advising and editing.  Each team is required to meet with their mentor.  Training is available on all equipment and software necessary to create their movie. All equipment is supplied. Once your movie is created, you can use an Apple computer in our office or any university computer lab to edit your film.


A select number of movies will be viewed at an event in the Doermann Theater. This event is FREE and open to the public. Movies will be viewed by a panel of judges based on a point scale system in the following categories: Creativity, Innovative use of technology, Videography, Editing, Thematic Integration, Quality of Acting Performance, Story or narrative and FYE Content.

During the event, prizes will be raffled off throughout the evening. Don't miss this chance to support your fellow students. Please check back for updates.


 Each group must abide by the following rules:

1.  Your film must relate to the first- year experience.

2.  Film may not contain nudity, sex, drugs (simulated or actual), profane or obscene language.

3.  No violations of state law. Don't know if it’s a violation? Ask.

4.  At least 2 members of the team must attend the designated training session with their mentor.

5.  Teams must consist of at least 3 members, maximum of 5 members.

6.  Time limits are recommended between 3 and 5 minutes.

7.  Teams will have 4 weeks to complete the final production piece.. 


Q: How many students can be on a team?
A: Minimum of 3 and maximum of 5. You can pick your own teams but if necessary, submissions of 1 to 3 will be placed with others to make a team of 5.

Q:How long can the movie be?
A: 3-5 minutes

Q:Who is allowed to participate?
A:  ALL students.

Q.Where can we sign up?
A. By filling out an application and turning it in to our office

Q.What else do we need to do?
A.  Turn in a storyboard by due date.

Q.What are the timeframe?
A.  Kickoff                  -             February 7

Storyboards Due        -             With Team Application

Film Shoot & Editing  -             Feb 17 – March 20

Film Due to Mentor   -             March 21

Finalists Films Shown -            March 27                 


Application:   Team Application


Storyboard template PDF

Storyboard template word

Last Updated: 6/26/15