The Seventh Annual ARL Film Festival (for ARL member libraries only)
April 26, 2022 at 5pm (during the joint ARL/CARL Association Meeting in Toronto, Canada)
View descriptions of 2022’s 20 featured films.
A working group of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Member Engagement and Outreach Committee will host the seventh annual ARL Film Festival (a.k.a the Arlies). The film festival highlights and shares multimedia products developed by member institutions to increase knowledge and use of libraries, their spaces, services, collections, and expertise. We also encourage submissions that reflect diversity of the student population. Submissions were limited to ARL member libraries.
The submission requirements and eligibility categories are listed below. The requirements emphasize that films should be three minutes or less and produced in the past two years (1/1/2020 or later).
- Entries must not exceed a total running time of three minutes each, including credits.
- Films can be either scripted or improvisational, animated or not.
- Films produced prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible for consideration for the 2022 festival.
- Films viewed at a previous Arlies are not eligible for consideration for the 2022 festival.
- An application form and a link to the video must accompany each entry.
- An institution may submit only one film per year.
- Submitters may assign their film up to two (2) submission categories (see below)
Submission of the video should include a link that can be accessed by the ARL staff. Links from any web-hosted video streaming platform such as YouTube or Vimeo are acceptable. With submission of the entry form, the submitting institution gives ARL permission to post the video link on its website.
Festival Submission Categories
Submissions fell into one or more of the following five submission categories.
- How-To/Instruction Films: In order to qualify for this category, the submitted project must be created for use in a classroom or online course or as an instructional video to learn a new skill (e.g., How to Use Endnote).
- Development/Fund-Raising Films: In order to qualify for this category, the submitted project must be intended to raise funds or attract potential donors to the library. A specific goal must be included (e.g., $10,000 or securing the names of at least 20 new friends for the library).
- Collections-Focused Films: In order to qualify for this category, the submitted project must highlight book(s), document(s), photograph(s), sound recording(s), collection(s) or other item(s) from the library’s holdings.
- Publicity/Marketing Films: In order to qualify for this category, the submitted project must be intended to promote knowledge of and appreciation for the library, services, spaces, or expertise to a particular audience.
- Free-Form Films: Other than meeting submission requirements, there are no rules for submitting in this category, either because the project does not fit into any of the other categories or defies categorization altogether. Bring it on!
Awards and Judging
Entries will be viewed and evaluated by member representatives who will have 24 hours following the festival to cast their ballots for the award categories shown below. Awardees will be announced during the meeting on Thursday, April 28.
- Best of show
- Best of each submission category
- Best reflection of inclusivity
- Best performance
- Best production
- Best humor
Lights, camera, action! We look forward to this year’s Festival!