KCLS Reel Fest

KCLS Reel Fest

A film contest and festival with cash prizes.

While KCLS is no longer accepting film submissions, we hope to see you at the KCLS Reel Fest on March 20, 2020.

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More details to come!

What does the library mean to you?

Share your library story in a two-minute film, and win up to $1,000 and the chance to premiere your film at KCLS Reel Fest in March 2020!

Do you have a story about an experience or resource at the library that changed your life, or a KCLS event that inspired you? We want to see it!

Embrace your Imagination

Films can be in any genre and style. From a black and white mystery, to a Claymation comedy, we encourage you to get creative with your film.

No Experience Needed

KCLS Reel Fest is open to patrons of all ages and filmmaking abilities in the KCLS service area. All you need is a cell phone, tablet or camera—and a story.


Youth (ages 17 and younger)

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $700
3rd Place $500


Adult (ages 18 and older)

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $700
3rd Place $500

Prizes generously provided by a donation to the KCLS Foundation.

KCLS Reel Fest: Film Premiere and Awards Show

The top finalists’ films will be premiered during KCLS Reel Fest in March 2020, and the winners will be announced by an expert panel of judges.

Finalists will be notified in late February 2020.

Date and location of event to be announced.


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Judging Criteria

1. Creativity: How creative did you get with your film?

2. Impact: How powerful is your message?

3. Originality: How distinctive is your film?

4. Relevance: How well does your film answer the question: What does the library mean to you?


Film Requirements

  • Films must be two minutes or less. Submissions that exceed two minutes of playing time will not be considered.
  • Films must be an original creation. Any stock footage or other borrowed material must be used with clear attribution and the expressed permission of the original author/producer.
  • Music used in your video must be original, copyright free or royalty free. If you’re using someone else’s music, you must acquire their consent.
  • You must get permission to use photos or videos of anyone who has a speaking or other prominent role in your film.
  • Films must be submitted through WeTransfer. Please see Contest Entry page for details.
  • Video files must be in one of the following formats: .mp4, .mov, .avi, or .wmv. We will not accept a link to a YouTube video, a hosted site or physical DVDs.
  • Minimum video quality is 480p Standard Quality (640 x 480 dimensions), 720p (1280 x 720 dimensions), or 1080p (1920 x 1080 dimensions).
  • Video files must not exceed 10GB.
  • You must use the following naming conventions to name your video files: VideoTitle_FirstName_LastName for individual entries, and VideoTitle_TeamName for team entries. Any other file names will be disqualified.
  • If films are not recorded or produced in English, they must include English subtitles.
  • Films should not contain or encourage dangerous or unsafe activities.
  • Participants may submit more than one video, but can only qualify as a finalist in one.
  • You may enter the Festival as a team or individual, but prize money will be awarded per video, not per person.

Frequently Asked Questions

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