Frank Capra Award 2010

Film International is pleased to announce the official rules for its fourth annual Frank Capra Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Criticism.


Eligibility Guidelines

This contest is open to any undergraduate student, currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning (or set to graduate in fall 2009 or spring 2010) worldwide and working towards a bachelor’s degree in any field. Residents of countries or states where such contests are restricted are ineligible; previous winners (but not those applicants who received honorable mentions) are not eligible for this or any future Frank Capra Award contest. Any original piece of written scholarship, previously unpublished and authored solely by the applicant, involving film criticism, history, or theory will be accepted. Submissions will be assessed by a panel of three judges—film studies academics/scholars from various institutions—and will undergo a blind peer review process, typical of scholarly journals.

  1. Applicant must submit:

    1. Completed application form.

    2. Four paper copies of essay. Each copy should include: (1) cover sheet, listing only applicant name, title of essay, and institutional affiliation; (2) 100-word abstract, summarizing the content of the essay; (3) essay; and (4) footnotes or endnotes.

    3. Electronic version of essay in Microsoft Word, on floppy disc or CD-ROM. Be sure to label disc with applicant name, title of essay, and institutional affiliation.

  2. Please note: applicant name and institutional affiliation must be included on cover sheet of essay copies ONLY, and nowhere else within the text, in order to aid the blind peer review process.


  • There is no entry fee.

  • Submissions must be in English.

  • Submissions must be formatted either in MLA or Chicago style.

  • Submissions should be no more than 3000 words in length, not including footnotes or endnotes.

  • Submissions are limited to one essay per applicant.

  • Submissions must be received by May 1, 2010.

  • Selected winner will be notified by September 30, 2010 and must complete an affidavit of eligibility and release before being named winner in Film International issue 2010.6.

Mail entries to:

Liza Palmer, Review Section Editor

Film International

ATTN: Frank Capra Award

3508 Whispering Pines Ct.

Wilmington, NC 28409



Winner will receive:

  1. An award of $250 US dollars.

  2. A year’s subscription to Film International.

  3. Publication of winning submission in future issue of Film International.

Many thanks to our major partners for this contest, which include:

  • Intellect, Ltd.

  • Department of Film Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington

For more information, please contact Film International Review Section Editor, Liza Palmer.



About Film International

Film International covers film culture as part of the broader culture, history and economy of society. We address topics of contemporary relevance from historically informed perspectives. We wish to bridge the gap between the academy and the outside world, and encourage the participation of scholars from a variety of disciplines.

We refuse the facile dichotomies of 'high' and 'low', Hollywood and independent, art and commercial cinema. We discuss Hollywood films seriously, and 'art' movies critically. We aim at becoming a truly international journal, recognising local specificities, but also the ultimate interconnectedness of an increasingly globalised world.


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