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Saturday, April 14, 2018
12:30 p.m. 

Capitol Theater
1390 W. 65th Street * Cleveland



Hathaway Brown is pleased to partner with St. Edward High School to bring you the iMagine Film Festival! Put your imaginations to work and start creating your short films for the student coordinated and managed iMagine Film Festival! Films must be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions accepted through March 21. All finalists will receive constructive feedback from area industry professionals, and winners will receive cool film-related prizes.

* Please note: All high school students are welcome to submit films for consideration. Please share this information with any interested Northeast Ohioans who are currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12.

The April 14 festival, which will include screenings of the student films, is open to the public. You do not need to be a high school student to attend. There will be a nominal attendance fee of $2 for students and $5 for non-students, which will be collected at the door. Please click here to add your name to the guest list. Members of the media also are welcome.

For any questions, please email imagine@hb.edu.


About the iMagine Film Festival

Festival Details

The iMagine Film Festival was created in 2012 to provide Northeast Ohio high school filmmakers with a venue to show their original films and receive constructive feedback from local industry professionals. It is coordinated and managed solely by high school students. For 2018, we are excited to partner with St. Edward High School in presenting this one-of-a-kind event.

The festival will take place Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theater in Cleveland. DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions accepted through March 21. Finalists will be announced on the iMagine Film Festival website in late March. 

There will be a nominal attendance fee of $2 for students and $5 for non-students, which will be collected at the door.

The iMagine Film Festival was created by Maddie Stambler, a member of the HB Class of 2013. As an aspiring filmmaker, she found few opportunities in the area for high school students to share their films, and decided to do something about it. Through The Edna Dawley Strnad Fellowships in Creativity at Hathaway Brown, Maddie created the festival with the intention of doing more than simply awarding prizes to the winners. At the iMagine Film Festival participants not only earn awards in a variety of categories, but also receive constructive feedback from a professional panel of judges.

Rules and Judging


All submissions submitted by the March 21 deadline will be reviewed in an initial judging round. All participants of the festival will receive constructive feedback on their submissions. A select number of films will move onto a secondary judging round. These Finalist films will be announced on the iMagine Film Festival website in mid-March.

First, second, and third place films will be named in each category, and be announced at the festival on April 14. All finalists are required to attend the festival, where their films will be shown.

Submission Rules

  1. All films must be created by students in grades 9 through 12 in the Northeast Ohio area.
  2. Films are to be no longer than 15 minutes and no shorter than 10 seconds.
  3. Submitted films must be original works and are required to have clearances for music or other copyrighted material featured in the project. Films containing copyrighted material used without permission will not be eligible for screening at the festival.
  4. Films will be accepted in four different categories: Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Miscellaneous (stop motion, music video, etc.).
  5. Films submitted to the festival will be previewed and scored by the judges prior to the event.
  6. Films will be judged on originality, cinematic storytelling and technical execution.
  7. By submitting your original film to the iMagine Film Festival, you are granting Hathaway Brown School permission to use your film or parts thereof for promotional purposes.
  8. All finalists are expected to attend the festival. All participants are welcome and encouraged to attend the the film showings, awards and reception.


Register your film  ••  Register Festival attendee

When you register, if your film is complete, please upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and copy and paste the link into the space on the registration page.

If your film is NOT complete yet, register anyway, but email the YouTube or Vimeo link to imagine@hb.edu when you have finished it. Then, send the film’s file to the same email address.

Important Dates

Submissions and Registration: through March 21
Finalists Announced: late March
Festival Date: April 14

Contact Us

For any questions or concerns, please email imagine@hb.edu.

Capitol Theater address for the day of the festival:

Capitol Theater
1390 W. 65th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Download an iMagine poster! 1 | 2


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