The screening committees will review films from the above categories, selecting finalists on a quarterly basis. These finalists will then compete for Golden Star Awards
to be presented to winning filmmakers in each category. Filmmakers can submit in any of the following categories:
Fictional, narrative “dramatic” films based on a script or story premise. This section will feature themed sections including: Action, Coming of Age, Thriller, Gay/Lesbian, Romance, Sci-Fi, and War.
Great comedy often comes in small packages, and VSM embraces the broad range of comedic expression being created by today's filmmakers. One example would be Sue Sylvester portrayed by Jane Lynch in the musical Glee. From the one-note joke to sophisticated romantic comedy, B&W comedies like the Three Stoogies, the Golden Star Shorts Fest will showcase the funniest of today's comedy shorts.
Films that are not “live-action” or combine live-action with animated or computer-generated effects.
Films that are novel inspired. Adaptation from novels like Wuthering Heights etc.
We are experiencing the “golden age ” of documentary filmmaking, and VSM embraces the wide variety of documentary film efforts. Documentaries include any non-fiction treatment of a subject. Shots from abroad and exotic places in Patagonia and Bali. We highly discourage covering any political or war topics like the Taliban, and don't go chasing polar bears. We would like to ensure the safety of our participants. If the film employs “mockumentary” elements or staged re-enactments in the movie, please alert VSM to this on your application form.
Some films fall into no logical category and VSM acknowledges that avant-garde artistic explorations and other non-narrative approaches are worthy of celebration. The Experimental Competition embraces these efforts and their creators and gives them a home at VSM. But please don't send someone to Mars.
Some of the most creative, inventive and interesting visual storytelling has emerged from filmmakers exploring musical artistry. You could even invite the likes of Missy Elliott and Kate Bush for you video.VSM celebrates these efforts and encourages their creators to participate in the Golden Star Shorts Fest.