Geneseo Insomnia Film Festival

You've got 24 hours to write, shoot, edit and post a 3-minute video... GO!

Your team will compete for prizes against other SUNY Geneseo students in an attempt to create the most witty, interesting, and creative video. This is a chance for students of all talents to flex their creative muscles and demonstrate their skills, whether they be writers, actors, videographers, or editors. Rally the troops and get started!

2015 Entries

2015 Elements

1. A group of people (no less than 5) wearing black t-shirts with the word INSOMNIAC visible on the back of them trying to start a flash mob. #FlashMob
2. A garden gnome. #Gnome
3. Either a zoom in or out on the face of a clock installed outdoors. #GeneseoClocks
4. Actor(s) in front of the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Hoover Dam, Stonehenge, Statue of Liberty, The Great Wall of China, or The Great Sphinx. #OnLocation (*cough*GREENSCREEN*cough*)
5. Entire video shot from first person POV *OR* using a selfie Stick #POV *OR* #Selfie
6. A flashback with narration. #Flashback
7. At least thirty seconds of stop motion. #StopMotion
8. Action-packed, martial arts fight sequence. Cheesy sound effects optional. #KungfuFighting
9. Gratuitous use of a sitcom-style laugh track. #FakeLoL
10. Someone running, panicked, from the camera while waving their arms recklessly. #PANIC
11. A character who thinks that they are a Super Hero. #SuperHero
12. A split screen telephone conversation. #SplitScreen
13. A person (or people) floating through space. #ISS
14. A medium panning shot of Bailey. #Bailey
15. A line of people at a dining facility. #QueuedUp
16. A kazoo being purchased for a ridiculous price. #Kazoo
17. A protagonist that only speaks in a language other than English. #Misunderstood
18. Someone wearing a three piece suit or ballroom gown. #Formal
19. A long take of at least 1 minute and 30 seconds (here’s an example from Touching Evil’s opening sequence: ) #LongTake
20. A heated argument about Star Wars being better/worse than Star Trek or Lord of the Rings. #GeekSpeak



2014 - First Place
Blue Team

2014 - Second Place

2014 - Third Place
Googly Eyes
Team Goat

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Timeline (2015)

Registration Opens
Spring Break Begins
Spring Break Ends
Registration Closes
Pre-Event Meeting
4:30pm, Brodie 239
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GIFF Begins!
5:00pm, Brodie 239
5:00pm, Brodie 239
GREAT Day Awards

Time and location TBA
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First Place
$400 in Amazon Gift Cards

Second Place
$300 in Amazon Gift Cards

Third Place
$200 in Geneseo Bookstore
Gift Cards



Video submissions will be judged by a panel of five SUNY Geneseo Faculty and Staff. Each judge will use a subjective zero to five scale in each of the following categories:

  • Impact: Did the judges laugh? Did they cry? Did it make them think?
  • Cinematography: Was the the video visually compelling?
  • Story: How well written, thought-out and portrayed is the story being told using the elements provided?
  • Gestalt: How did the totality of the video strike the individual judge?

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