14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival - Submissions Due January 20, 2017

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Calling all filmmakers age 12 - 19! Write those scripts and get your cameras rolling, it's time to get ready for the 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival! Submissions are due January 20, 2017. 

A jury will screen every film entered and select the finalists for screening at the Festival. Filmmakers will be notified via email 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 be posted on the Teen Filmmaker Festival Facebook page.

Award Categories

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

The Event

The 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival will be on Saturday, March 4, 12 pm at Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI.

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 perform no other duty in the actual creation of the film. Films may not be more than 10 minutes long. No bloopers, please. 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 audience members.

Format Requirements

Films should be submitted as full-quality QuickTime/MOV files. All other formats (including DVD, VHS, Windows Media files, low-quality QuickTime files, etc.) will be automatically disqualified. 

New this year! Submit your films electronically via FilmFreeway. We strongly encourage online submissions. If you cannont submit electronically from home, submissions may be made via USB flash drive at the Central Library Teen Desk. If you need help, please contact the Teen Department or The Hub, KPL's digital lab. 

Public Media Network, (PMN) will cover the Teen Filmmaker Festival and will broadcast the event. Check kpl.gov/teenfilmfest for broadcast dates and times. DVDs of festival coverage and interviews will be presented to award winners and available to purchase. 

For legal disclaimers, tips, tricks and frequently asked questions, visit kpl.gov/teenfilmfest

The 14th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival is presented by, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Public Media Network and Campaign Pictures. 

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