2021 Guidelines

Guidelines for the 2021 Ocean County
Teen Arts Festival

 Below please find general guidelines and category specific guidelines for the 2021 festival.

General Guidelines

Participation is for students ages 13-19 who reside in Ocean County, NJ.

All Festival components will take place virtually. There will be no in-person events.

School registration for the NJ State Teen Arts Festival is separate from the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival.  Schools will be notified in a timely manner after adjudication if they have been selected to showcase in the State Festival.  Please note that details regarding the annual state festival have not been released at this time.  This information will be shared as soon as it is made available.

Adjudication Guidelines

Performance Categories (Dance, Instrumental, Musical Theater, Drama/Theater, and Vocal)
Group sizes remain the same (Large = 16+, Small = 1-15)
Submission via an Unlisted YouTube link on Entry Form
Large Group Categories:
Max 5 Groups per school per category
Max 1 submission per Group
Max length 10 min
Small Group Categories:
Max 20 Entries per school per category
Max 1 submission per soloist (soloist may appear a second time in a small group)
Max length 5 min

All performance submissions will be adjudicated on content, not video production quality. Landscape recording recommended.

Creative Writing
Max 8 entries per school
Prose limit is 4 pages
Poetry limit is 4 poems or 4 pages, whichever is greater
Each page should contain the student’s: Name, School, Grade/Age, and page number
Accepted formats: .doc or .pdf
Max file size: 1MB
Entries attached to Entry Form

Video
Max 3 entries per school
Max length 10 minutes per entry
Entries may be worked on by individuals or groups
Submission via an Unlisted YouTube link

Visual Arts
2D:
Max 20 2D entries per school
May submit 2 images per entry: once close up, and one distance view
Accepted formats: .jpg or .png
File names should be the student’s Name (example: johnsmith1.jpg, johnsmith2.jpg)
Max file size: 1MB per image
Entries attached to Entry Form
3D:
Max 5 3D entries per school
May submit 2 images per entry OR 1 360 walk-around video per entry. Please choose one format or the other.
Video submissions via YouTube Link only. Our database cannot support video file attachments. No commentary in video submissions. Max time: 1 minute
Accepted formats: .jpg or .png or unlisted YouTube link
File names should be the student’s Name (example: johnsmith1.jpg, johnsmith2.jpg)
Max file size: 1MB per image
Entries attached to Entry Form

Adjudication Conversations
Adjudications conversations are not guaranteed, however we will do our best to fulfill all requests. Conversations with the adjudicators will be limited to:
Large Group Performance Categories:
10 minutes per category with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school
Small Group Performance Categories:
20 minutes per category with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submission from your school
Creative Writing:
10 minutes with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school
Video:
10 minutes with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school
Visual Arts:
30 minutes with the adjudicator, divided amongst all submissions from your school
Adjudication Conversation scheduling, whether in 1 block or separated, will be at the discretion and availability of the adjudicator.

Workshop Guidelines

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