Make your student film a reality with RenderThis


Credit: BrockTV

Credit: BrockTV

Do you fancy yourself film or tech-savvy? Do you need an outlet that allows you to explore your creativity in a visual way? Are you passionate about music, art or animation? If so, RenderThis is definitely something that you’ll want to check out!

BrockTV is excited to announce their fifth annual RenderThis film festival, taking place for the first time in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, with the support of their primary sponsor, Brock’s Centre for the Arts.

RenderThis has taken place at the Pen Centre cinemas in previous years, but BrockTV hopes that their event will attract a greater number of submissions and a larger student audience on campus.

A reception prior to the screening will give audience members an opportunity to walk the red carpet, pose for photos and talk to the filmmakers. There will also be a best dressed contest, drinks for those that are of age and possibly even a popcorn machine. BrockTV will also rent a cinema-quality projector to ensure that audience’s standards are met.

Over the course of the event, films will be judged by the audience and a panel of judges, comprised of both local industry professionals and Brock professors. The winner of the panel’s Jury Prize will receive $500. The audience will also select a winner to receive the Audience Choice Award, worth $300. After the screening, Isaac’s Bar & Grill will host the official after party and award the winners of the Best Dressed contest with a VIP package for Isaac’s.

RenderThis provides students from both Brock University and Niagara College with the opportunity to showcase their creative talent on the big screen. Adam Marshall, Executive Director of BrockTV, strongly encourages students to submit their two 10-minute films by the January 12 deadline.

“It’s not just for traditional short films,” Marshall said. “You can submit a music video, a documentary, an experimental art film or an animation. It’s always cool to see how students express their creative side.”

While BrockTV is open to all film submissions that follow the specifications, the RenderThis submission board will be screening potential films for anything that is unacceptably violent, offensive or inappropriate.

In the interest of supporting aspiring filmmakers, five per cent of BrockTV’s annual student-funded budget is set aside for the BrockTV Student Film Fund, which students can use to rent locations, purchase equipment or hire third-party mastering services. Generally, the BrockTV Student Film Fund supports two or three projects every year, with budgets ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

“Use it to take your student film to the next level,” said Marshall. Unfortunately, students who are looking to apply to the film fund this year would not receive funding in time for the upcoming film festival. However, RenderThis often showcases films that were supported by the BrockTV Student Film Fund the previous year.

While RenderThis is certainly a great opportunity for filmmakers to share their work, it also provides students with an enjoyable evening, serving to bring post-secondary students in the Niagara community closer together. Samantha MacNeil, a current student at Brock and the Marketing Coordinator for BrockTV, has been hard at work planning this event.

“The whole thing is from the ground up,” said MacNeil. “It’s organized for students, by students.”

If you are interested in participating in RenderThis, please visit for submission details. For those interested in attending the festival, tickets will be available at the Centre for the Arts box office later this semester. If you are interested in sponsoring opportunities, please contact for further details.


  • Experiment with your craft. Submit a music video, documentary, an art or animation film to express your creative side.
  • The deadline for all submissions is January 12.
  •  Students from all faculties and disciplines are welcome. Students need not be a film major to participate.
  • Violent, offensive or inappropriate content will not be considered.
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