4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

State 4-H Film Festival

The State 4-H Film Festival is one of many activities that take place during California 4-H State Field Day. #CA4HStateFieldDay

4-H Film Festival logo
2019 State 4-H Film Festival

Time:  1:00-2:00 pm

Location: Wellman Hall 119, UC Davis

Video is a medium that is both an art and a science. 4-H has been using video to promote various aspects of the program and recruit new volunteers and members. 

Questions? Contact Arthur Hinojosa at arthur@surewest.net 


Registration Information

Online Registration with video link
must be submitted by May 15, 2019.

Registration instructions

  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube (recommended) or other video hosting website. Provide link in registration form. (How to upload onto YouTube)
  • Video must be public or accessible via URL
  • Please upload your video(s) several days before you intend to submit your registration form or we may not be able to access it.
  • 4-H members aged 9-19 are allowed to participate.  
  • Limit of 3 videos per person or group may be entered.

Download all Film Festival Rules and FAQs (PDF)


  • Animation: film that uses still images to create the illusion of movement
  • Documentary: a factual story or report
  • Drama: a fictional story that is more serious than funny
  • Comedy: a fictional story that is amusing, lighthearted, or comic
  • Promotional: an informational or inspriational narrative or Public Service Announcement designed to promote 4-H or non-4-H related programs
  • Commercial: a 30 second 4-H related advertisement (must be exactly 30 seconds)



  1. Videos must follow the categories described above.
  2. Video length may not exceed 7 minutes (including welcome title screen or end credits). Entries in the Commercial category must be 30 seconds exactly.
  3. Video format: Must be submitted via link to YouTube or another online video sharing website. After the festival, we will accept .MOV files that we will use to upload to the California State 4-H YouTube channel.
  4. Make sure your video is in good taste (similar to G and PG ratings). The videos will be evaluated before the event by members of the California 4-H Film Festival Team. Videos may be disqualified if deemed to have questionable content.
  5. 4-H members aged 9-19 are allowed to participate.
  6. Limit of 3 videos per person or group may be entered.
  7. All film entries must be created and produced by the youth filmmaker(s).
  8. Auto-generated movies (in which software makes editing choices for you) are not acceptable.
  9. Works may be original or adapted from the submitter’s previous work and new to this year’s festival.
  10. Any copyrighted music or material must include written permission from the owner to use.
  11. All footage must be original except for documentaries, which may include non-original footage from other sources. Film Festival organizers reserve the right to determine the eligibility of any work, reject any submission, and make executive decisions on individual situations not foreseen by these guidelines.
  12. Please leave out the full names of youth (both in audio and video; e.g., nametags youth may wear) and do not use copyrighted material (i.e. pop music).
  13. The State 4-H Office will determine which videos are uploaded to the California State 4-H YouTube account.


Q: What if i did not make my video about 4-H or a 4-H project. Can I still submit it?
A: Yes! this is a showcase of the amazing work 4-H'ers do, and we want to have as many submissions as possible.

Q: My video is uploaded to Vimeo or other website, do i have to upload it to YouTube?
A: No. All that you need to provide is a working link to the video regardless where is was uploaded to.

Q: Can I get my video onto the California State 4-H YouTube account?
A: Yes, we would love to share your entry for the 4-H Film Festival! Save your film as a .MOV (preferred), .AVI, .WMF, or .MP4 file and bring a physical copy to the film festival that we can copy to our computers OR mail a flash drive or data DVD to:

Suzanne Morikawa
California State 4-H Office
2801 2nd Street
Davis, CA 95618

If you do NOT want your video uploaded to the California 4-H YouTube account, do NOT give us the file.

Q: I like film festivals, are there any other ones run through 4-H?
A: Yes! There is a nationwide 4-H film festival held in Missouri. It is really cool and do a lot of neat things. You should check them out: http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/filmfest/

Film Festival results

2018 Film Festival Results

Division 1

Platinum: “Pop Tarts” by Noah Salters, Stanislaus County

Gold: “Demo To Gymnastics” by Rachel Salters, Stanislaus County

Division 2

Platinum: “Lights Out” by Benjamin Salters, Stanislaus County

Gold: “Come Join the Magic of 4H” by Benjamin Salters, Stanislaus County

Division 3

Platinum: “Shrunken” by Whitney Barnett, Diego Hinojosa & Taylor Ward, Sacramento County

Gold: “An Adventure in the Wild Wild Wild Wilderness: Episode 1” by Aryan Khatri, Ria Khatri, Rhea Mistry, Rushil Mistry, Mukul Natarajan, & Arav Vyawahare, Alameda County

Blue: “Ride’em Cowgirl” by Jaden Brown and Jenna Brown, Stanislaus County

Blue: “Rube Goldberg Machine” by Nathan Brentwood, Placer County

**Selections were voted by audience popularity and do not reflect any metric based judging.


Past Film Festival Submissions 

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