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ResLife Shorts Film Competition: My Life as a Jumbo

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Res Life Shorts is an annual short film competition open to the student residents of Tufts University's campus housing, sponsored by the Residential Life and Learning Office. From special theme housing to social and community programming, the ORLL tradition of living and learning programs has fostered diverse student communities throughout campus life. Res Life Shorts continues that tradition by providing a venue for aspiring actors, writers, artists and producers to develop and showcase their talents.

The Res Life Shorts film contest presents a unique opportunity for the Residential Life and Learning Office to further its mission of fostering productive academic and social communities at Tufts University by celebrating the diversity of campus life from the student residents' points of view.

Submitting Your Short Film

Res Life Shorts is open to all undergraduate and graduate student residing in on-campus housing through the Tufts University Office of Residential Life and Learning. These short films can be about any aspect of resident living, including dormitory life, dining hall, extra-curricular activities, living and learning programming, and leadership opportunities, as they relate to this year's contest theme.

This Year's Contest Theme

This year's theme is "My Life as a Jumbo": capture what your student experience at Tufts looks like.

Call for Entries and Submission Deadline

Call for entries will begin September 30, 2013 and will conclude November 4, 2013. A panel of judges will determine the best shorts in a variety of categories and the winning shorts will be announced during the Res Life Shorts Awards Night on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Competition Guidelines

  1. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student resident of campus housing.

  2. An individual or a group may submit an entry (prizes will be divided amongst participants).

  3. Each short film entry must not exceed 5 minutes in length (including credits).

  4. Each entry must include a 300-word statement explaining how their film ties in the theme of "My Life as a Jumbo" with regard to your residential experience. It must be submitted as the description of your film when uploading to Vimeo

  5. All shorts must be submitted to the Tufts ResLife Shorts Vimeo page by Monday, November 4, 2013 by 11:59pm EST.


The panel of judges will be composed of representatives from the Office of Residential Life and Learning, faculty members and student representatives. The film will be judged in several categories, including:

  1. In line with this year's theme of "My Life as a Jumbo"
  2. Originality/Creativity
  3. Representations of extracurricular activities and university organizations
  4. Effectiveness as an outreach tool for Residential Life and Learning Office

The top three winning shorts will be posted on Tufts Office of Residential Life and Learning website for the 20132014 academic year and will be recognized in promotional materials for Tufts current and incoming student residents. Honorable mentions may also be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

Awards Night: Celebrate the Winning Films in Style!

The Res Life Shorts Awards Night will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Time and location details TBA. Invited guest speakers will include students and members of the Tufts University administration and faculty. All submitted films will be screened and refreshments will be provided. And since we're rolling out the red carpet, feel free to come in your finest!


Winning teams will be able to select from the following prizes:
$300 cash
$50 in Jumbo cash
200 lottery point increase

The first place video recipient(s) will select the prize they want, then second place will select from the remaining prizes and then finally third.

Past Winners

Spring 2013 |  Spring 2011 |  Spring 2010

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