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2020 Film & Video

Film & Video students shoot and edit short films. Film assignments may include documentary, narrative, or both. Students work in groups and can expect to learn about the various roles on a film set (director, editor, grip, props, etc.) The student films are screened in a public exhibition. Class discussions and film screenings may contain mature subject matter. 20 students are accepted.

Requirements for Applicants

1. Complete an online application and schedule your interview no later than noon the weekday before your desired interview date. See dates in right side bar or view full audition schedule here. Interview spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.

2. Bring a government-issued I.D. or birth certificate to your interview for age verification purposes.

3. Read below guidelines to prepare your submission.

4. Arrive at your interview at least 15 minutes early to check in. You will complete a questionnaire about your work.

You must bring the following items:

  • USB flash drive with a sample of video work (see guidelines below).

Video Submission Guidelines

  • Video sample must be no longer than five minutes and must be comprised of a single video. If you submit a sample of video work that lasts longer than five minutes, the judges will only watch the first five minutes of the work. And if you submit a sample comprised of multiple videos, the judges will only watch the first video.
  • Collaborative work is acceptable, but you must have primary creative responsibility for the material. If your project is a product of collaboration and your collaborators are also auditioning for the OSAI film/video program, only one of you may submit the project for consideration. If two applicants submit the same video, both applicants will be disqualified.
  • The video submission must have been created AFTER March 1 of the prior year. (Former OSAI students may not submit work produced at OSAI.)
  • Your name must NOT appear or be heard anywhere on the submission, including the credits. If it is, you will not be allowed to audition.
  • Your submission may be created using any technique (e.g., video, animation, stop-motion, multimedia) and may range from biography, documentary, fiction, music video, news package, to any other narrative format. Whatever technique or format you choose, the judges will be looking for students who are good storytellers—students with strong narrative skills should not be discouraged from applying due to unfamiliarity with the technical aspects of filmmaking.
  • If you have a question about whether a format is permissible, please contact the OAI office: or 405.605.7500.
  • Your submission may be shot using any video-capable device. (Camera phones ARE acceptable.)
  • You must bring your sample of video work on a USB flash drive. The video will be copied onto OAI’s drive and distributed digitally to judges.
  • You should save your video in either .mov or .mp4 format. If your video file size is larger than 4GB, you will need to format the USB flash drive accordingly. The trick to storing large files on a USB flash drive is to format the drive using a file system that accepts large files. Before following the instructions below, be aware that your existing files on the USB flash drive will be erased during the formatting. In the instructions below, note that we recommend using the exFAT file system as this is the most widely supported file system for large files:
    1.       Insert the USB flash drive into your computer.
    2.       Go to your drive options (in Mac this is Disc Utility and in Windows this is Disk Management).
    3.       Format the USB flash drive using the exFAT file system.
    4.       Now you’ll be able to save large files!

What to Expect at Your Audition

Watch our video to learn what to expect at your OSAI Film & Video audition.

Check out the OSAI Film & Video interview form before your audition to see the questions the facilitator will ask about your project.

Judging Criteria

• Storytelling – 45%
• Cinematography/lighting – 15%
• Editing – 15%
• Audio – 15%
• Creativity/originality/artistic voice – 10%

Read general information about our adjudication procedures here.

Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute film and video program is generously provided, in part, by the Jeanne Hoffman Smith Film Institute Endowment Fund.