Film Festival

February 16th, 2018 by


7th Annual UCEA Film Festival

The 32nd annual UCEA Convention will be held will be held November 14-18, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Houston, TX. The UCEA Convention theme is Our Mission Critical: Revolutionizing the Future Through Equitable Educational Leadership, Research, and Practices.

As part of the 2018 UCEA Convention, UCEA will host the 7th annual UCEA Film Festival and Dialogue! With this call, we are soliciting submissions for 1 to 5-minute films that resonate with the convention call to:

  • explore/analyze quality leadership preparation and how research impacts preparation program designs and improvement efforts, policy work, and the practice of educational leaders; or
  • describe current challenges in educational leadership pertaining to the convention theme, Our Mission Critical: Revolutionizing the Future Through Equitable Educational Leadership, Research, and Practice, and suggest pathways for how these challenges may be transformed.

The aim of the festival is to stimulate dialogue to present innovations, effective strategies and tools, problems of practice, support collaborations, and so on. UCEA invites films of varying scope and aim, such as reporting the research journey or analyzing issues of policy and practice in an abbreviated form; examining specific policy, research or practice issues from several perspectives and contributing significantly to the knowledge base; or capturing leadership challenges and solutions across different countries to provide a comparative perspective.

Films will be selected by a panel of UCEA members based on:

  1. relevance to current education leadership issues/ convention theme
  2. potential to create dialogue
  3. quality of film-making

Each selected film will be shown, and afterwards the filmmakers are asked to engage in a dialogue with the filmmakers about the ideas presented.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Films may be produced by graduate students and/or faculty in educational administration, leadership, or policy.
  • Running time of 5 minutes or less
  • Deadline for film submissions – Friday August 3, 2018 (5:00 pm Eastern Time). Complete and email to Gopal Midha ( the Submission Form (download form here.)
  • Quality – Please create the films using High-Definition (HD) or 1080p video. Most phone cameras can capture this resolution so. You may also use film clips from other sources or use photographs and voice for digital storytelling. Please use a good quality microphone to capture sound. We suggest partnering with the film studies program at your institution or with students in specialized high school film production programs to create films with good production quality. Here are some helpful resources for ensuring quality:
  • Rights & Clearances – You must secure all rights and clearances necessary for conference exhibition and web streaming.

Filmmakers will be notified of the selections for the 2018 Film Festival by September 10, 2018. These films will be featured in a special viewing event at the 2018 UCEA Convention in Houston, TX and posted on the UCEA website after the convention. Film submissions must be accompanied by a completed submission form, which may be downloaded at

If you have any questions, please contact Gopal Midha, Graduate Assistant, UCEA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (

2018 UCEA Film Festival Submission Form