Film Challenge

A HUGE thanks to everyone who participated in and attended the Spring 2016 Film Challenge. It was our biggest year yet! Check out the winning films from both Radford High School and Radford University below. You can also check out other films from this year -- as well as past years -- on our Vimeo channel.

And, University Relations did some nice press coverage of the event -- check it out.

Those curious can check out the OFFICIAL RULES, as well as FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. See below for filmmaking resources and a short 'getting started' video, as well as samples from last year. Please direct questions to

West End Witch

2016 Radford High School Winner -  Best Film Award and Audience Choice Awards


Cruisin' Shoes

2016 Radford University Winner - Best Film Award


The Accident

2016 Radford University Winner - Technical Achievement Award


Their Names Are Shaun and Ed

2016 Radford University Winner - Audience Choice Award




If you are new to moviemaking or simply need some guidance, check the short video directly below to learn how to get started. In addtition, there are numerous resources further down the page: how-to's, tips and tricks, software tutorials, and related info.

Additional Resources

Producing Your Movie

Vimeo Video School - visit the lessons area to view three short, general tutorials on preparing for, shooting and editing video. Also visit the main area to view other people's short films and to check out their weekend challenges, in case you want to try one for practice.

McConnell Library - students can checkout camcorders, tripods, DSLR cameras, and audio recorders. The default period is three days, and it's a good idea to make a reservation in advance (contact the Front Desk). You might also consider spending some time with the camera you'll be using before you check it out to shoot your movie.

Apple iMovie 2011 Tutorial - a brief, narrated video tutorial on using Apple's iMovie. If you're a Mac user, this is for you. While the latest version differs a bit, most of the features are the same.

Windows Movie Maker Live Tutorial - a brief, narrated tutorial on using Microsoft's free video editor. If you're a Windows user, this is for you.

Windows Movie Maker Live download - if you need to get the software, download it.

Audacity - a really great, freeware audio editor for Windows or Mac. Good for recording voice, mixing multiple tracks together, special audio effects. etc. Click link to download. If you need help getting started, download the quick reference.

CITL New Media Center - if you need to speak with someone about questions you have or how to do something -- or, if you need access to a computer for editing, then this is the place. Email with general questions, or to set up an appointment with one of our staff, or to make a reservation to use a video editing station.

DSLR video tips - a short document containing tips for using a DSLR camera to shoot video. Anyone with questions can also email for info or to set up an appointment to talk about it.

Additional Media

Creative Commons Search - use to search Flickr, Google, SoundCloud, etc., for open-license images and audio to use in your movie.

Vimeo Music Store - use to find open-license music and sound to use in your movie.

The Free Sound Project - use to find audio and sound effects for your movie (you have to sign up to download stuff, but it's free). - use to find sound effects (household, nature, etc.) to use in your movie. TIP: search for 16-bit/44100 format WAV or AIF files.

The Internet Archive - use to find public domain or open-license media to use in your movie.