St. James Academy Performing Arts Department Presents

Made for More Festival

A night of original works CREATED AND PERFORMED by STUDENTS

Live streaming on the thunder broadcasting network


The “Made for More” Festival is a celebration of creativity across the mediums of film, music, and podcasting centered around the school’s theme for the year. It is being planned, produced, and coordinated by the members of the 2020 Drama II Class. 

The festival is a new way to bring the SJA community together, and is meant to serve a new opportunity for all SJA students to show how they are living out the theme of Made for More. Whether you are an athlete, singer, dancer, actor, club member, or student, you have a story to tell and a way to contribute to this festival!

Originally this event was going to be a class project designed to encourage creativity and exploration of film with a heavy emphasis on collaboration but things changed once COVID-19 reared its ugly head and led to our new normal. But the dream wasn’t dead. Rather than leave things as they were, Mr. Hernandez and the Drama II Class put their heads together and the “Made for More” Festival was born and evolved into a celebration of the overwhelming creative talent present in SJA.

So go ahead, show us what being made for more means to you. 

Entries that meet the guidelines (see below) will be live broadcast during our event on 12 May 2020 and posted on this website following the event for everyone to view.

Live Stream

Our live stream will feature many amazing judges, guests, and hosts! See the amazing people we have lined up for this event below!


Peter King

Annie Cook




Alli Jordan

Anna Thiele

Jason Cole

Max Griznik

Helen Harrelson

Sherri Denton

Officer Pierce

Jimmy Muehlberger

Bonnie-Lyn Ray

Sam Rockford

+More to be announced soon!


Drama II Class Coordinators

Peter King

Annie Cook
Matthew Newkirk

Georgia Caprio

Karly Somerhalder

Jimmy Mendoza

Henry Kerschen

Mr. Corbin Hernandez


Please read important new updates!

General Guidelines (All Submissions)

Participants are invited to create and submit one submission per category (if they choose) to the festival. This means that each student could submit one short film, one piece of music, and one podcast, but not multiple submissions to one category.

The deadline for submissions has been extended. All submissions are now due by 4 May. Once the submissions are reviewed to make sure they fit the guidelines listed below, they will be showcased in a live-streamed event over the Thunder Broadcasting Network on 13 May, and displayed permanently on the SJA website following the event at A panel of faculty judges will award “Judge’s Choice” recognitions in each category and public votes will be taken to award “Viewers Choice” recognitions in each category.

The following guidelines apply to all entries:

  • Fit the Theme
    • “Made for More” can mean a lot of things to different people. You are encouraged to do your best with trying to create a short film, piece of music, or podcast that illustrates this theme in a special way to you personally.
  • Appropriateness
    • All submissions must be SJA appropriate. Inappropriate content includes (but is not limited to), in an explicit or implied manner, the following:
      • Suicide, drugs or alcohol, sex or related to personal bodily functions, guns or other violent weapons, infidelity or cheating in relationships, swear words or words that are closely related to swear words (example: “screw you”, “get lit”, etc)
      • Submissions that would like to attempt to handle these in a tactful way that do not glorify them should reach out to Mr. Hernandez for clarification and guidance before they start creation on the works.
    • Festival coordinators and school administration reserve the right to disqualify submissions if they are not deemed appropriate.
  • Length
    • All submissions need to be between 1 and 10 minutes in length.
  • Originality
    • To be eligible to be judged and win awards, all submissions must be entirely original. Stories, music, lyrics – no submission can contain copyrighted material in part or in whole (for festival and legal reasons) to be eligible to be judged. 
    • Any submission found to use material that uses copyrighted content in part or in whole will not be considered for voting and awards and may or may not be played on the live broadcast or posted on the website depending on the egregiousness of the copyright violation. These decisions will be made at the discretion of the festival coordinating team.
    • Any questions regarding this policy should be directed toward Mr. Hernandez (, but know that all decisions in the interest of adhereing to copyright laws over live broadcast.
  • COVID-19 Prevention/Social Distancing
    • Collaboration with other students is allowed but the current ordinances of social distancing must be adhered to. Festival coordinators and school administration reserve the right to disqualify submissions if they break social distancing standards. This includes but is not limited to:
      • Not standing six feet apart
      • Not wearing face masks if closer than six feet
      • Travelling for unessential purposes
      • Meeting in an area or space that has been closed to the public
      • Gathering in groups larger than 10 or gathering unsafely with any group.
    • Collaboration with household members with whom one has been quarantined with is allowed.
  • Submitting
    • All submissions should be in the highest sound and/or video quality that can be submitted. For help rendering or submitting a video, send an email to
    • Submissions should be submitted online here.

Film Submission Guidelines

  • Genre
    • Any genre of short film is allowed as long as it meets the general guidelines. Genres can be (but are not limited to):
      • Narrative short film that tells a story
      • Documentary with newly or previously filmed footage
      • Animation in any form (stop motion, 2D, 3D, etc.)


Song Submission Guidelines

  • Genre
    • Any genre of music is allowed as long as it meets the general guidelines. Genres can be (but are not limited to):
      • Instrumental songs without lyrics
      • Songs with original lyrics
  • Format
    • All submissions should be in the highest sound quality that can be submitted. Submissions can be:
      • Audio files without video
      • Audio files with accompanying video, such as a live video of you playing the song or an edited music video

Podcast Submission Guidelines

  • Genre
    • Any genre of podcast is allowed as long as it meets the general guidelines. Genres can be one of or a combination of the following (but are not limited to the ones listed below):
      • Interviews
      • History or musings about a subject
      • Narrative storytelling