Guideline specifics will be updated for each project, but the general rules apply each year. In short, you have exactly three weeks to make a film that is three minutes (or shorter). Longer films will be disqualified. Do not break the law, which includes violating copyrights. Do not include credits in your film, credits must be submitted separately online.

Sparrow Film Project


  • A film that does not follow the criteria of the competition may be rejected.
  • Any submissions over three minutes in length (even by a frame) will be rejected.
  • Films are due by 11:59pm on the turn in date.
  • Don’t use copyrighted material. Seriously. This includes music, clips from other films, broadcasted material, and radio programming.
  • Don’t break the law. The SFP team is not responsible for your actions.
  • We do not offer filmmakers compensation of any kind, and retain the right to use your submission all or in part for promotional purposes.
  • The signup fee is $20 in person / $25 online per team.
  • We cannot offer refunds if you don’t complete your film/don’t like the assignment/would rather do something else.

Technical Requirements

  • File format: Quicktime .mov
  • Preferred codecs: H.264 or Apple ProRes
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Do not include on-screen credits in your film. All credits will be submitted via form.
  • We strongly recommend that you do not include an on-screen title, especially if it would apprear at the very beginning of your film.
  • Films sent online must be uploaded through our submission service, and uploads must begin before midnight and not be interrupted.