Pre-College Resources

Top Teen & Youth Film Festivals

SOCAPA's list of the top Film Festivals in the world that feature shorts from High School students,
Youth or Teen Filmmakers.

High School, Teen & Youth Film Festivals


ALL AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL (New York City)
Festival is held in early November and programs films made by youth filmmakers.

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FESTIVAL (Somerville, MA)
Festival is held in early November and programs films made by youth filmmakers.

BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Boulder, CO)
BIFF's Teen Short Film Competition Deadline (ages 12-18): Late December.
Festival is held in late February.

BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles County Student Filmmakers Award
Standard Deadline: February 28th
Students must attend school in LA County. Festival is held in September.

CineYouth Festival
Deadline: February 26th. Festival is held in Chicago in April

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL (Indianapolis, IN)
High School Film Competition Shorts Deadline (12 mins or less): Early April

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
Young Filmmakers Competition Deadline (ages 18 and under): Early December

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Newport Beach, CA)
Youth Film Showcase Shorts Deadline (10 mins or less): Late January
Festival is held in April.

NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) (Seattle, WA)
Festival is held in late April. Deadline (ages 24 and under): Early March

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FutureWave Shorts Deadline (age 18 and under filmmakers): Early March

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL (Austin, TX)
Texas High School Film Competition Shorts Deadline (5 mins or less): Late October
Filmmaker must be enrolled in a Texas High School