The Best Film Festivals for High School Teens, Youth & Kids

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Top Teen & Youth Film Festivals


SOCAPA's picks for the ten best teen and youth film festivals in the USA to get your films seen and you noticed. Each of these festivals showcase short films by High School students, Youth or Teen Filmmakers. Submission deadlines are subject to change from one year to the next, be sure to check out the submission dates and submit early to save on submission fees. Many festivals allow students to submit work for free if you do so early!

 
all american highschool film festival

ALL AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL

Festival is held in October and features films made by youth filmmakers.


Location: New York City
Festival Date: October
Submission Deadline: rolling
www.hsfilmfest.com

National Film Festival for Talented Youth

NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth)

For filmmakers ages 24 and under. High School teams can also participate in the 48-Hour Film Off in early October. These films are all screened as part of the festival lineup!


Location: Seattle, WA
Festival Date: Late October
Submission Deadline: Mid July
https://www.nffty.org/

BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BIFF's Teen Short Film Competition for ages 12-18.


Location: Boulder, CO
Festival Date: Late February
Submission Deadline: Late December
https://biff1.com

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FESTIVAL

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FESTIVAL

Festival is held in early November and features films made by youth filmmakers.


Location: Somerville, MA
Festival Date: Early November
Submission Deadline: End of July
http://bikff.org

BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Please note that you must attend school in LA County to be eligible for this Festival. But if you are, it's totally worth it!


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Festival Date: September
Submission Deadline: End of February
https://www.burbankfilmfest.org/

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FutureWave Shorts - for filmmakers ages 18 and under.


Location: Seattle, WA
Festival Date: Late May - Early June
Submission Deadline: Early December
https://www.siff.net/education/youth/at-the-festival

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

The High School Film Competition is part of Indy Shorts.


Location: Indianapolis, IN
Festival Date: Late July
Submission Deadline: Mid March
https://heartlandfilm.org/high-school-film-competition/

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

Young Filmmakers Competition for college and youth filmmakers.


Location: Nashville, TN
Festival Date: Early October
Submission Deadline: End of February
https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

Youth Shorts (films must be 10 minutes or less)


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Festival Date: April
Submission Deadline: Late January
https://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

Texas High School Film Competition Shorts (5 minutes or less)
Filmmaker must be enrolled in a Texas High School.


Location: Austin, TX
Festival Date: Mid March
Submission Deadline: Mid September
https://www.sxsw.com/

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