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American Youth Film Festival

American Youth Film Festival

American Youth Film Festival

The American Youth Film Festival™ is an opportunity for the youth to showcase their movie making skills. Many young people regularly produce films that are then posted on websites such as YouTube. We want to capture that interest and channel it to understand the “love of film or film making” through the eyes of youth filmmakers.

Festival: June 9 – 11, 2016
Submission Deadlines: May 29, 2015 to May 14, 2016

Lights. Camera. Action! For the Love of Film

Who Can Participate?
The American Youth Film Festival™ is open to ALL YOUTH regardless of race, creed, or national origin that are currently enrolled in middle school, high school or college. Suggested submissions and entry fees will be in one of three categories, middle school ($30.00), high school ($35.00), or college ($40.00). Films must be works directed and/or produced by middle school, high school or college students. Adult supervision must be limited to an advisory capacity only.

All films (national and international) may be submitted into only one category, however, film makers may submit additional entries with separate forms and entry fees. All entries have specific time limits including titles and credits unless otherwise noted. The American Youth Film Festival is a family event therefore, no entries may contain excessive violence, profanity or nudity.

All films must be in the following format:
a. HD Videos: H.264 - 1080p 29.97
b. SD Videos: Windows Media - NTSC Widescreen or Quicktime - NTSC Widescreen
c. Films chosen for screening will be required to to mail (2) DVD copies of their video for viewing during the festival screening. Submitter will also receive 2 All-Access festival passes.

Animation – any animated movie, not more than 10 minutes
Comedy - any comedy film, not more than 10 minutes
Commercials – any 30 second commercial of local businesses*
Documentary – any documentary not more than 15 minutes
Feature – any narrative film not more than 10 minutes
Music Video – any music video not more than 4 minutes
Public Service Announcements – any 30 second PSA*
Science Fiction – any sci-fi film not more than 10 minutes
Short – any narrative short film not more than 7 minutes

*NOTE: The AYFF suggests that all filmmakers submitting in the Commercial & Public Service Announcement categories partner with a local business or a non-profit entity to produce their submission. In cities and towns across America there are small businesses or groups that will support student filmmakers in exchange for a 30 second commercial. Additionally, it is strongly suggested that filmmakers research people, places, monuments and special-interest causes in their local area and consider subjects with historical significance for documentary submissions.

NOTE: Film trailers are not eligible for consideration in any category.

The American Youth Film Festival Movie Poster Contest:
NEW FOR 2016! The American Youth Film Festival is adding a movie poster contest to the film festival. This contest is open to all middle school, high school and college students in two divisions, Film Division and Non-Film Division.

Film Division: Movie posters based on an official American Youth Film Festival entry. Photographers, graphic designers, animators, multimedia artists, etc...partner with student film maker to create a movie poster based on the film maker's AYFF submission. The poster may be based on movie stills or may be a caricature design.

Non-Film Division: Movie posters created by photographers, graphic designers, animators, multimedia artists, etc...not based on an AYFF movie submission. The poster may be based on photos or may be a caricature design.

Each American Youth Film Festival Movie Poster entry must be:
1. Digital submission only.
2. 1275 x 1800 pixels (17 in. x 24 in.) with one half inch white border.
3. Saved as .jpg (JPEG) in RBG format not to exceed 3MB.

All American Youth Film Festival Movie Poster submissions will be displayed in a slideshow on the American Youth Film Festival website. A select number of posters will selected for exhibition and featured in a separate exhibit at the American Youth Film Festival.

Remember to "Be creative, use props and let your imagination run wild, but most of all have fun!"

Awards & Prizes

Film Categories:

Best in Show
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Commercial
Best Documentary
Best Feature
Best Music Video
Best Soundtrack
Best Sci-Fi
Best Post-production
Best Screenplay
Best Director
Best Set-design
Best Cinematography
Most Inspirational
Best Short

Movie Poster Categories:

Film Division - (Middle School, High School, College)
Best Overall Design
Most Original Design

Non-Film Division - (Middle School, High School, College)
Best Overall Design
Most Original Design

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Rules & Terms

Films and/or movie posters must be submitted via, by the specified deadline.

Submissions will be screened by a qualified panel of judges. If your entry is chosen for screening or an award, we will contact you.

More than one film or movie poster may be submitted in the appropriate category, however, each film or movie poster must be entered with a separate submission form and entry fee.

All films and/or movie posters will be accepted for review.

This is a family event and the use of nudity, profanity and violence is strictly prohibited.

Participation in the festival, including the submission of films and/or movie posters via, implies acceptance of all festival rules and regulations.

All submission fees are non-refundable. You can't alter your entries after the payment. Please review your work carefully before finalizing payment

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