Ursula Awards 2014 General Rules & Submission Guidelines

The Ursula Awards Film Festival

3nd Annual Film Festival In Vallejo On Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hosted by Vallejo Community Access Television

Short, Feature, Documentary,

Spiritual/Religious, Political, Community,

Sports, Arts, Entertainment, PSA,

Educational, Lifestyle, Children/Youth,

Student Filmmaker Showcase, Best of VCAT/Vallejo


The Ursula Awards is the first annual showcase for independent filmmakers and community access television producers hosted by Vallejo Community Access Television, VCAT. It presents an engaging and entertaining mix of filmmaking styles and talents from around the world, while offering an opportunity for local producers to showcase the diverse mix of community access productions.

Striving to promote filmmakers, The Ursula Awards will offer a broad range of categories including short and feature films, documentaries, PSAs, animations, and much more.

Two special categories, Student Filmmaking Showcase and Best of VCAT, will be offered to highlight local filmmakers and producers.


The Ursula Awards celebrates a volunteer who helped in the establishment of Vallejo Community Access Television (VCAT) over 6 years ago. The tireless efforts of Ursula Morgan-Kane, who behind the scenes helped to spearhead the organization which inspires, educates and provides a resource of free speech, diversity of thoughts, ideals, and expressions.

The festival strives to bring together producers, directors, sponsors, actors, and attendees for an evening of recognition and interaction. Entries will be judged by a jury of filmmakers, scholars, community access producers, and critics. No cash prizes will be offered, however categories will be recognized via Awards and Certificates of Film Excellence.

Professional and non-professional filmmakers and video-makers may enter. Films must have been produced within the past five years. All entries must be submitted in the completed form in which they will be judged.


Vallejo Community Access Television (VCAT); Tony Ubalde, Jerry Kea, Maria Bitagon, Clarissa Aveytia


We accept submissions of the following: Short, Feature, Documentary, Spiritual, Political, Arts/Entertainment, PSAs, Educational, Lifestyle, Animation, Children/Youth, Student Filmmaker Showcase, BEST of VCAT.

All films must be in English or with English subtitles.



Submission must be received by Thursday, August 15, 2014.

Each entry requires a separate online entry form and fee.

$25 per submission
$10 per submission for students


Features, Feature Documentaries: 50 minutes or more in length

Shorts, Short Documentaries: Less than 50 minutes

Animation: No limitations

Student Showcase: No more than 15 minutes

Running time is calculated by timing the head frame to the last frame on the end credits.

Independent Film Entries may have had a limited theatrical run (commercial release) or broadcast (TV) in the greater bay area, including previous screenings at other film festivals, as well as private, industry, and press screenings are OK.

Projects submitted to the Festival must have been completed within the past 5 years.

Films produced, financed, or initiated by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for the competition.

The appropriate entry fee must accompany each entry. This nonrefundable fee covers screening and handling costs.

Specify only ONE CATEGORY (Feature, Short Documentary, Animation, etc) for your film to be in.

Films or videos using non-licensed, copyrighted musical or literary properties without legal permission are not eligible.

DVD screeners are the only Eligible finished formats accepted in the standard American NTSC format.

Screener DVDs must be technically fit for projection and should be placed in sturdy shipping cases. Each DVD or tape must by clearly labeled with the Film Title and Email Address. with the title and the entrant’s name and address. Submit two DVD screener copies.


Two DVD Preview Screener Copies labeled with Title, Duration, Name, Address, and phone number of submitter. Preview copy must be submitted on DVD. Both PAL and NTSC systems are accepted. Region 1 (US & Canada) and region 0 (region free) DVDs are preferred but we accept all regions. DVD Preview copies will be retained by the festival. We do not return DVD screeners.

Paid Entry Fee for each submission.

All payments must be in US Dollars, or be drawn on a bank in the USA. Checks and Money Orders must be made payable to: Vallejo Community Access Television.

Entry fees are not refundable.


Filmmakers selected for the competition will be notified by Saturday, September 14, 2014.

Submit Entry Fees, DVD screeners, and applicable submission applications to:

The Ursula Awards Film Festival
c/o Vallejo Community Access Television
55 Springstowne Center #150
Vallejo, CA 94591

Local filmmakers may drop off (but not mail) film submissions during business hours at VCAT Studios located on the Jesse Bethel campus:

1800 Ascot Parkway, Bldg H100
Vallejo, CA 94591

Wednesday – Friday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM


If your film is selected, you must provide the following by Wednesday, September 18, 2014:

– High Resolution Digital Photos

– Posters / Postcards and other available publicity material

– Additional preview copies (DVD) of the film (if applicable).

The screening copy in the best available format accepted by the festival.

To reduce the festival’s carbon footprint, we will not accept Promotional Materials, Press Kits or Photos with initial submissions.


For all materials, shipping and handling costs to the festival office will be covered by the entrant.


Selected projects may be promoted through all media types and outlets for promotional purposes. In addition, The Ursula Awards Film Festival and Vallejo Community Access Televsion (VCAT) reserves the right to re-screen the accepted projects at events and promotional showcase featuring festival’s highlights, and to screen on VCAT local community access station.

The festival is open to professional and nonprofessional filmmakers.

To contact VCAT: (707) 642-8228

See Terms & Conditions 2013

Download Submission Form 2013 (PDF file)

Download Submission Form 2013 (DOC file)

Download Advertisement Form 2013 (PDF)


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