Ursula Awards 2015 General Rules and Guidelines

The Fourth Annual Ursula Awards Film Festival

Friday, May 22, 2015, 7:00 PM

Jesse Bethel High School Little Theater

1800 Ascot Parkway, Vallejo, CA




The Ursula Awards is an annual showcase of national filmmakers.  It is hosted by Vallejo Community Access Television (VCAT) to honor indcependent filmmakers and community access television producers. The Ursula Film Festival presents an engaging and entertaining mix of filmmaking styles and talents from around the nation.  It offers an opportunity for local producers to showcase their diverse mix of films, community productions and multimedia projects.

The Ursula Film Festival offers a broad range of film categories



The Ursula Awards is named in honor of a volunteer who helped in the establishment of Vallejo Community Access Television (VCAT). The tireless efforts of Ursula Morgan-Kane and others dedicated residents helped launch Vallejo Community Access Television within the community of Vallejo. CA.  VCAT trains, inspires, educates and provides a resource of free speech, diversity of thoughts, ideals, and expressions.

The Ursula Film Festival strives to bring together producers, directors, sponsors, actors, and attendees for an evening of recognition and interaction. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges.  No cash prizes will be offered, however categories will be recognized via Awards and Certificates of Film Excellence at the Ursula Awards ceremony.

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, Maria Bitagon, Sue Blakely, Jackie Nelson, Clarence Payne.


We accept submissions of the following:

Shorts, Feature, Documentary, Spiritual/Religious, Political, PSA, Community, Sports,  Educational, Arts/Animation, Entertainment, Children/Youth.

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


Submission must be received by Friday, May 1, 2015.

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

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) on submission form.

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.

Two DVD preview screener DVDs must be technically fit for projection and should be placed in sturdy shipping cases.


Two DVD Preview Screener Copies labeled with Title, Duration, Name, Address, and Phone Number of Submitter. Preview copy must be submitted on DVD.

Only NTSC system is accepted.  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 payments are also accepted by PayPal on www.vcat.tv.  

Entry fees are not refundable.


Filmmakers selected for the competition will be notified by Friday, May 15, 2015. 

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 film submissions during business hours at VCAT Studios located on the Jesse Bethel High Schoolcampus:

1800 Ascot Parkway, Bldg H100
Vallejo, CA 94591

Office Hours:

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


If your film is selected, you may be asked to provide the following by Wednesday, May 201, 2015:

– Electronic Press Kits & 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 Television (VCAT) reserve the right to re-screen the accepted projects at events and on VCAT, the local community access station.

The festival is open to professional and nonprofessional filmmakers.

To contact VCAT: (707) 642-8228

Download Submission Form at www.vcat.tv.

See Terms & Conditions 2013

Download Submission Form 2013 (PDF file)

Download Submission Form 2013 (DOC file)

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