What is Media Night?

For all of you who aren’t familiar with Media Night, it’s a chance to have the film you have created showcased in the Dawson Theater. Media Night is a public event at the Dawson Theater that showcases films and other media-related projects made by students in the Cinema + Communications Profile and ALC program in a public event held at the end of term. Parents, teachers, colleagues and friends attend the event. The projects are judged by media experts and awarded prizes such as best sound design, best documentary, etc. The selected films will not only be seen by your fellow classmates, but by qualified judges who will determine if your film is worthy of an award. Whether you submit a film or not, come on down with a friend to support the CinCom community!

Important Dates

Start of Submissions: Now!

Submission Deadline: November 28th @ 12:00pm midnight!

Event: December 3rd – 7:30pm

*Please note that these dates are tentative and may change in the future.

Steps to Submission

1. Upload your film to Vimeo (Youtube or other streaming services will NOT be accepted due to the fact that they are not downloadable.)

2. Fill out the submission form found here: Media Night Submissions


– The director of the film must be an enrolled Dawson student at the time of submission.

– The film must be no longer than 4 minutes in length.

Technical Assistance

If your file is too large to upload to the free version of Vimeo it is because your data rate is too high for Vimeo. Use this guide to export your movie for proper Vimeo compression: Vimeo compression tutorials.

Make sure your film audio levels are to the standard of -12db for dialogue. You don’t want your film to be too loud or too quiet. 

Award Categories

Best Documentary

Best Fiction

Best Animation

Best Experimental

Best Sound

Best Editing

Best Direction

Best Cinematography


Under normal circumstances Media Night is held in the 180 seat Dawson Theater located on the campus. But as you are aware, times are not normal. Like most of the films submitted to Media Night, Covid-19 is forcing us to experiment with the experience, so Media Night Fall 2021 will stream live on May 28th at 8 PM. Click here to view the event on Youtube or click on the video below. 




Fall 2020 Winners