MSF Films: Mock Trailer Contest

Submissions now open!

We are hosting a student film contest for Maine students! Now’s your chance to make that mock movie trailer about science that you’ve always wanted to. The only thing that has to be in the trailer is science. Always wanted to make a marine biology musical? A romantic comedy about Edison? A horror movie about viruses? This is your chance to make the trailer of that movie that doesn’t exist (yet). More details:

  • Submit via YouTube privately; share the link with us –
  • Submissions open November 1st, and close on February 1st.
  • You can submit as an individual or (hopefully) as a group. All groups must have one person as the designated contact person.
  • You must be a middle school or high school student in Maine.
  • Cash prizes for top finishers in middle school / high school categories

Submit Your Film Here

Our Mock Movie Trailer judges:

  • Karin Carlson, with the Northeast Film Archive in Bucksport.
  • Leslie Forstadt, Associate Professor at UMaine Cooperative Extension, who is expanding into video story-telling, and spent a sabbatical at the SALT institute learning how to best to do so.
  • Gibran Graham, from River City Cinema
  • Karen Carberry Warhola, the Director of the Maine Film Office.

Our judges will be using this rubric to guide them when scoring submissions.

If you’re looking for some ideas or inspiration, we’ve come up with a short list that may help:

Movie genres:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Documentary
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Horror
  • Musical
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Satire
  • Science Fiction
  • Western

Scientific Topics:

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Lingusitics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Zoology

For more ideas on science subtopics:

Ideas and Inspirations for the “mock movie”

  • marine biology musical
  • romantic comedy about Edison
  • horror movie about viruses
  • cartoon about lab beakers
  • drama about amoebas
  • suspense about climate change
  • Madame Curie musical
  • superhero movie about blood cells
  • western showdown between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla
  • phases of the moon mystery
  • ecological crime thriller
  • action film on Newton’s laws


Cash (and other prizes) for the top three in each category (middle school, high school): $500/1st place; $300/2nd place; $100/3rd place.

Every submission will be available on-line after the MSF; winners and top finishers will be shown at MSF (we’re planning a film event for Sunday of the MSF) and on MSF YouTube Channel.