13th Annual Teen Filmmaker Fest - Deadline to Apply: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Oct 19, 2015 10:59:35 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Teen Filmmaker Festival is celebrating its 13th year (finally a teenager!). We are looking for the best teen-produced and directed films. If you think you have what it takes to become the next Spike Lee or Sofia Coppola, then write your script, cast your talent, gather your camera gear and get recording - Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Enter your films in the 13th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival, the best film festival for teens in Michigan. Expert judges will award prizes for the best films in eight categories, plus a grand prize. Audience members will vote for the People's Choice. Deadline to apply is Saturday, January 30th by 5 pm EST to Teen Services Desk at Central Library. Participants must be age 12-19, and residents of Michigan to enter.

Award Categories


  • Grand Prize for Best Film
  • Best Animation
  • Best Experimental Film
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Technical Merit
  • Judge's Choice
  • People's Choice

The 13th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival will be held on Saturday, February 20, at 2:30 pm at Chenery Auditorium.  

Submissions and Screening

You must attach an entry form to each film you enter in the Teen Filmmaker Festival. Only one film per form. Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, January 30. A jury will screen every film entered and select the finalists for screening at the Festival. Filmmakers will be notified via email by Monday, February 8,2016, if their film is selected. Not every film submitted to the Festival will be selected for screening at the public event. Titles of selected films will also be posted on the Facebook page

For official rules, submission requirements and more, please visit kpl.gov/teenfilmfest.

Want to see who won last year to get an idea of what type of films makes the cut? Watch the 2015 winning films here

The 13th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival is sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Public Media Network and Campaign Pictures. 

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