Film Studies Video Essay Submission

Required Portfolio Video Essay

At Art Center, we believe that communicating the motivation and process behind your work can be as important as the final piece itself. So we ask you to share with us the story behind one of your pieces of work in a video essay format.

Address the following questions in your essay:

  • Why did you choose to create this piece?
  • How did you approach the making of this piece?
  • What aspects of this piece satisfied your intentions?
  • What, if anything, might you change about your piece?


  • Select one piece from your portfolio.
  • Identify the title and date of the piece.
  • Make sure to list the title of the piece in Slideroom so that we can reference the correct piece.
  • Length of your video essay should not exceed 2 minutes total.
  • Upload the video essay to Slideroom along with the rest of your portfolio. (For Film applicants only, include your video essay with your portfolio submission to Upload the video to Vimeo and submit the link.)

Please Note:

  • While it is okay to plan your thoughts before recording the video, we prefer that you do not write out an essay and read it aloud.
  • While a visual component is required, if you would prefer not to appear in the video, you do not have to. You are welcome to create whatever visuals best support your presentation.
  • It is the content of your submission that we are interested in. Don’t be concerned about production quality. Use the technology and resources that are readily available to you. Feel free to use your phone, for instance, to create your video.

Cinema Journal is published by University of Texas Press and is always interested in exciting new work in the fields of cinema and media studies. To submit a manuscript for consideration please read the following guidelines and proceed to our submission portal at


Submission Guidelines

  • To be considered for review, manuscripts should be at least 8,000 words long and no longer than 12,000 words. Word count includes endnotes.
  • Submissions must include an abstract of approximately 100 words and approximately six key words or terms (such as African Cinema, audience, Adorno) that will help us to ensure they are reviewed by an expert in the appropriate area.
  • Submissions should follow the format specified by the Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition). All bibliographic information should be in endnotes, and submissions should not include an additional bibliography. View the Cinema Journal Style Guide for more specific guidelines.
  • Cinema Journal receives a high volume of submissions, and each submission that meets our minimum requirements is sent out for expert, anonymous peer review. Because accepted articles are published in the order in which they are submitted, we cannot accommodate requests to accelerate publication for job market or promotion cases. However, the editors are happy to write a letter for authors affirming that the article is accepted and is in queue or in press.

    For more information about Cinema Journal’s editorial procedures, please see the Cinema Journal editorial wiki.
  • Once a piece is accepted, it is sent to the author for revisions, and scheduled for publication according to the date when it was submitted. When the scheduled date approaches, three members of the editorial team edit the article, send it back to the author for final revisions, review review the final revisions, and send it for typesetting.
  • Frame enlargements or other illustrative materials must be supplied by authors, who are responsible for obtaining permission to publish them in cases where Fair Use does not apply. Illustrations should be a minimum of 1,500 pixels wide or tall (or at least 3-4 inches when saved at 300dpi) and have a minimum resolution of 250-300 dpi. Uncompressed TIFF files are best, but other common formats are also acceptable. Do not save your images with compression.
  • Cinema Journal ONLY accepts electronic submissions. If for some reason you cannot submit electronically, please contact the editor directly. Please note that Cinema Journal does NOT accept manuscripts in PDF format. 

    For questions regarding manuscripts submitted to Cinema Journal for review, please consult the information in the Cinema Journal editorial wiki.
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