California 4-H State Field Day 

In-person State Field Day
May 27, 2023
UC Davis Wellman Hall and Hart Hall

Virtual State Field Day Contests
May 10-20, 2023


Film Festival 

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Register for Film Festival

4-H members ages 9-18 (as of Dec 31, 2022) are allowed to participate.

You do not have to be enrolled in a 4-H Video/Film Project to participate.

Limit of 3 videos per person or team may be entered.

Submit the link to your video when you register. Videos must be named with the name of the video and the category you are entering.


State Film Festival logo

Video is a medium that is both an art and a science. 4-H has been using video to promote various aspects of the program, share information about 4-H, and recruit new volunteers and members.

Join our live screening at 2:00 pm at State Field Day on May 27th.

Top ranking videos in each division will be shared on the California 4-H YouTube channel. Subscribe to our channel to get notices of new videos.


  1. Submit the link to your video when you register. Please name your video with the video title category you are entering. We also recommend including a short description.
  2. Evaluations will be completed virtually and contest coordinator will email to you by June 12.
  3. Please note that links to videos will be shared. Winning videos will be linked in the California 4-H YouTube account playlist for 2023 State Film Festival.
  4. There will be an in-person screening of winning videos at 2pm at State Field Day at the UC Davis campus.
  5. Evaluation forms will be emailed to you by the contest coordinator.
  6. Certificates and pins will be mailed to UCCE 4-H county offices.

Questions? Please contact


2023 Categories


Film that uses still images to create the illusion of movement


A factual story or report


A fictional story that is more serious than funny


A fictional story that is amusing, lighthearted, or comic


An informational or inspirational narrative or Public Service Announcement designed to promote 4-H or non-4-H related programs


A 30 second 4-H related advertisement (must be exactly 30 seconds)


  1. Video content must align with the description listed in the entered category.
  2. Video length may not exceed 7 minutes (including welcome title screen or end credits). Entries in the Commercial category must be 30 seconds exactly.
  3. Video format: Must be submitted via link to YouTube or another online video sharing website. Please name your video with the title and category you are entering (e.g., My 4-H Day, Junior Documentary). After the festival, we will accept .mp4 files that we will use to upload to the California State 4-H YouTube channel.
  4. Make sure your video is in good taste (similar to G and PG ratings). The videos will be evaluated before the event by members of the California 4-H Film Festival Team. Videos may be disqualified if deemed to have questionable content.
  5. 4-H members ages 9-18 (as of Dec 31, 2021) are allowed to participate.
  6. Limit of 3 videos per individual or team may be entered.
  7. All film entries must be created and produced by the youth filmmaker(s).
  8. Auto-generated movies (in which software makes editing choices for you) are not acceptable.
  9. Works may be original or adapted from the submitter’s previous work and new to this year’s festival.
  10. Any copyrighted music (e.g., pop music) or material must include written permission from the owner to use.
  11. All footage must be original except for documentaries, which may include non-original footage from other sources. Film Festival organizers reserve the right to determine the eligibility of any work, reject any submission, and make executive decisions on individual situations not foreseen by these guidelines.
  12. Please leave out the full names of youth (both in audio and video; e.g., nametags youth may wear). You may only use the first name for any youth featured.
  13. The State 4-H Office will determine which videos are uploaded to the California State 4-H YouTube account.

Film Festival Evaluation Form


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Q: What if i did not make my video about 4-H or a 4-H project. Can I still submit it?
A: Yes! this is a showcase of the amazing work 4-H'ers do, and we want to have as many submissions as possible.

Q: My video is uploaded to Vimeo or other website, do i have to upload it to YouTube?
A: No. All that you need to provide is a working link to the video regardless where is was uploaded. Please make sure to title it with the title of your video and the category you are entering. (e.g., My 4-H Day, Junior Documentary)

Q: Can I get my video onto the California State 4-H YouTube account?
A: Yes, we are posting the video links into a playlist after the results are submitted. Please see our YouTube channel for all of the California 4-H  video playlists.

Q: I like film festivals, are there any other ones run through 4-H?
A: Yes! There is a nationwide 4-H film festival held in Missouri. It is really cool and do a lot of neat things. You should check them out: