2020 NJ 4-H Film Fest

2020 NJ 4-H Film Fest
Four photos of 4-H'ers.

Calling all 4‑H Members, Volunteers, and Alumni!

We want to hear your 4‑H story!

The NJ 4‑H Film Fest is about creating videos that make an impression, that tell a story, that cause the audience to stop and think.

Videos can be your story—the story of how 4‑H made a difference in your community, a story about the past, the present, or the future. Videos can bring issues to life—issues like food insecurity, water conservation, health crises, safety concerns, or environmental topic. The best stories are your stories, the topics you believe in and are passionate about. You may want to start by thinking about 'What does 4‑H mean to me?'


  1. Videos must be at least 30 seconds and no more than 2 minutes
  2. Videos must clearly highlight and represent 4‑H. See the Video Making Tips below.
  3. Videos must be uploaded if teh submussion form as MP4 file.
  4. Submissions must be made online using the NJ 4‑H Film Fest Submission Form.
  5. Titlke your video: last name, first name, then 4HFilmFest (i.e., Smith-John-4HFilmFest).
  6. Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2020.


  1. Videos will be reviewed by professional videographers.
  2. You will receive feedback on your video submission based on.
    1. Video Quality (20 pts)
    2. Story Content (25 pts)
    3. Story Impression & audience impact (40 pts)
    4. Presentation (50 pts)
  3. Videos may be shared by 4‑H and Rutgers Cooperative Extension through social media channels and other outlets (a completed media release form is required anyone included in the video)
  4. Selected videos will be showcased at State 4‑H Events & Programs

Tips for Making a Video

  1. Plan your video prior to filming.
  2. Video length should adhere to the guidance in the entry requirements (minimum of 30 seconds and maximum of 2 minutes).
  3. Choose the right background for your video. Choose a location either indoor or outdoor, free of clutter or unwanted items.
  4. Use a camera or cell phone (held horizontally) to take videos.
  5. Use an external microphone for recording, if possible.
  6. Seek good lighting. Consider videoing:
    • Outdoors on a cloudy day
    • An hour after sunrise
    • An hour before sunset
    • Indoor location with lots of light (ceiling light as well as additional lamps)
  7. Avoid shadows and glare.
  8. You will need to upload your video to YouTube prior to registering your entry. You will be submitting the link (URL) for your video when you register.

Uploading Videos

We ask that you upload your video a MP4 file using the NJ 4‑H Film Fest Submission Form.


Rachel Lyons, 4‑H Youth Development Programs

Rutgers New Jersey 4-H Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station