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 either High School students, Youth or Teen Filmmakers. Be sure to check out the submission dates and submit early to save on submission fees.

 
all american highschool film festival

ALL AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL

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


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

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FESTIVAL

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FESTIVAL

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


Location: Somerville, MA
Festival Dates early November
Submission Deadline: ???
http://bikff.org

BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BIFF's Teen Short Film Competition Deadline (ages 12-18): Late December. Festival is held in late February.


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

BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Festival Date: September
Submission Deadline: February 28th
https://filmfreeway.com

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL


Location: Indianapolis, IN
Festival Date: ???
Submission Deadline: Early April
http://heartlandfilm.org

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

Young Filmmakers Competition (ages 18 and under)


Location: Nashville, TN
Festival Date: ???
Submission Deadline: Early December
https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

Younth Shorts (10 mins or less)


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

National Film Festival for Talented Youth

NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth)

Ages 24 and under


Location: Seattle, WA
Festival Date: Late April
Submission Deadline: Early March
https://www.nffty.org/

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FutureWave Shorts - filmmakers agse 18 and under.


Location: Seattle, WA
Festival Date: ???
Submission Deadline: Early March
https://www.siff.net/education/youth/at-the-festival

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

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


Location: Austin, TX
Festival Date: ???
Submission Deadline: Late October
https://www.sxsw.com/

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