Submission & Formatting Rules

This page is important and must be reviewed prior to your final submission of any coursework unit.

Failure to follow these rules may, result in you being awarded a zero, for some elements of your IB Film!

What Needs to be Submitted?

Textual Analysis
  1. A 1,750 word (maximum) essay
  2. A list of all sources used must submitted as the final page of the essay
Comparative Video Essay
  1. A 10 minute (maximum) video file
  2. A separate document of sources used in the video essay.
Film Portfolio
  1. A film reel (9 minutes maximum: 3 minutes maximum per film production role, including one completed film).
  2. Portfolio Pages (9 pages maximum: 3 pages maximum per film production role)
    • The portfolio pages should contain a table of contents and a list of the clips submitted to evidence each specific film production role (providing the timecode and a brief description for each clip on the film reel). These are excluded from the overall page count, as is the list of all sources used.
    • A list of all sources used, must submitted as the final (separate) page.
Collaborative Film Project
  1. A completed film (7 minutes maximum).
  2. A project report (2,000 words maximum) and a list of all sources used.

Plagiarism & Copyright

Copyright Materials in Film Work

Particular problems with sound!

‘However, where submitted work contains unattributed audio-visual materials or materials that have not been created by students in the school, the work will be awarded a mark of zero within the criteria.’

“As such, it is imperative that students clearly identify in their written work how they obtained their materials for each specific film production role. Regardless of which role they are submitting the work in.”

Academic honesty and in-text citation
  • All sources must be acknowledged following the protocol of the referencing style chosen by the school. (Harvard).
  • If a student uses work, ideas or images belonging to another person, the student must acknowledge the source as an in-text citation.
    • This means quotes must be attributed to a named source in the body of the work
  • Students must also submit a separate list of these sources using a standard style of referencing in a consistent manner.
    • The page of sources will be submitted as (listed above):
      • The final page on your portfolio pages, collaborative report and textual analysis essay
      • A separate page along with your comparative video essay

A student’s failure to appropriately acknowledge a source will be investigated by the IB as a potential breach of regulations that may result in a penalty imposed by the IB final award committee.

Formatting Rules

Video submissions must be preceded by a BLACK SLATE.

The Film Portfolio

The film reel, which is submitted as one single video file, must contain three chapters (one for each discrete film production role) and be structured as follows:

Reel Structure

Before each  section of your portfolio reel you must create a 10 second black slate, excluded from the 3 minutes for each section:

Portfolio Section Black Slate
Comparative Video Essay

The comparative study must begin with a 10-second black slate (included in the total time limit) that clearly states the chosen task components using on-screen text. The student’s recorded commentary, which begins simultaneously with the black slate, should address the justification of these task components.

Video Essay Black Slate
Collaborative Project

The completed film must include a 10-second black slate (placed before the film and excluded from the total time limit) to enable the assessor to identify the title of the film, the logline (articulated in 50 words or less) and the one film production role taken by the student.

Collaborative Project Black Slate


Your name must not be written or spoken anywhere within the work you submit.

Document format

All written reports, essays or portfolio pages should be written on an A4 document and be typed in a legible sans serif 12-point font.

Video format

Video files must not exceed 500mb in size and must be submitted as an MP4.

File Names

Submit your work using the following file names:
‘Your Name (Unit Title)’

For example…

  1. Edward Gregson (Portfolio Reel)
  2. Edward Gregson (Collaborative Project Report)
  3. Edward Gregson (Comparative Video Sources)

Who will do the final uploads?

  • All your work must be submitted via Google Classroom
  • The school will complete the final upload of your videos and documents to IB