12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival


Date, Location & Time

Call for Entries!

It’s Teen Film Fest time again! The 12th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival is looking for the best teen-produced and directed films.

Three expert judges will award prizes for best film, best animation, best experimental film, best documentary, best short film (under three minutes), best technical merit, best music video, and judges’ choice.

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The Teen Filmmaker Festival is coming up and it’s not too late to give your film the final polish it deserves! Learn about the craft of digital film editing in the Hub, KPL’s digital creation lab. John Wagner from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will show you what you need to get started editing your masterpiece.

Submissions and Screening

Submit films and entry forms to the Teen Services Desk at Central Library by 5 PM on Saturday, January 17, 2015. You must fill out an individual entry form for each film submitted to the Festival.

A jury will screen every film entered and select the finalists for screening at the Festival. Filmmakers will be notified if their film is selected the week of February 1. Not every film submitted to the Festival will be selected for screening at the public event.

Official Rules

Films must be produced by teens, ages 12-19, who reside in the state of Michigan. More than one teen my work on a film. Adults may be talent in a film, but should perform no other duty in the actual creation of the film. Films may not be more than 10 minutes long. Teens may submit more than one film. Films submitted to the festival will not be returned.

A panel of judges will select the winners in each category except the People's Choice Award, which will be chosen at the Teen Filmmaker Festival by the audience members.

Format Requirements

Films should be submitted as full-quality Quicktime/MOV files on USB flash drive. DVDs may be submitted instead, but USB drives are preferred. All other formats (including VHS, Windows Media files, low-quality Quicktime files, etc.) will be automatically disqualified. If submitting on DVD, entries must be formatted for Region 1 (North America) and labeled with the film's title, running time, and director(s) name(s). Please double-check that your DVD plays in its entirety on standard consumer DVD players.

Tips, Tricks, and Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering how to make a film that looks as good as the pros? Does your cousin from Florida want to be in your film and you’re not sure if that’s allowed? Can’t decide between a horror film or a comedy? Take a look at our list of resources for first-time filmmakers, and don’t miss our list of Frequently Asked Questions for more answers!

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