Calling all Teens! Enter Your Films for the 2014 Teen Filmmaker Festival

Oct 25, 2013 04:29:46 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Friday, October 25, 2013. Calling all Michigan teens ages 12 -19! Are you the next Judd Apatow, Sofia Coppola, Spike Lee or Sam Rami?  Enter your films in the 11th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival, the best film festival for teens in Michigan! Expert judges will award prizes for the best films in nine categories: Best Animation, Best Experimental Film, Best Music Video, Best Short Film, Best Technical Merit, Best Cinematic Merit, Judge’s Choice, People’s Choice and Grand Prize for Best Film. People’s Choice will be chosen at the Teen Filmmaker Festival by the audience members.

The 2014 Teen Filmmaker Festival will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2:30 pm at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo. To view last year’s winning videos, click here.

Official Rules
Films must be produced by teens, ages 12-19 who reside in the state of Michigan. More than one teen may work on a film. Adults may be talent in a film, but should not perform any other duty in the actual creation of the film. Films may not be longer than 10 minutes. No bloopers please. Teens may submit more than one film, an entry form is required for each film submitted. Films submitted to the festival will not be returned. Forms may be downloaded from All films must be submitted to Teen Services, Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose Street, 49007 by 5 pm, Saturday, January 18, 2014.

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 NTSC 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 your entire film on standard consumer DVD players.


• Films due by 5 pm, Saturday, January 18, 2014: A jury will review every film entered and select festival finalists.  Not every film submitted will be selected for screening at the festival. Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, January 18.

• Email Notification by Monday, February 3, 2014: Filmmakers will be notified if their film has been selected by email. Titles of selected films will also be posted to the Facebook page,

• Teen Filmmaker Festival is on Sunday, February 23, 2:30 pm: Festival finalists will be screened at The State Theatre. 

For legal disclaimers and more information about the 2014 Teen Filmmaker Festival, visit or call (269) 553-7807 or (269) 349-7775 ext. 3162.

The 2014 Teen Filmmaker Festival is sponsored by: Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, State Theatre, PMN and Campaign Pictures.


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