The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 10th annual festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2015.
The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival accepts any film made by youth 12-18, from anywhere in the world, in any genre between 60 seconds to 30 minutes in length. Submission is free. Multiple submissions are accepted.
There are two ways to submit a film:
1) On-line at “Without A Box” – www.withoutabox.com/login/6028 – You can create a free account and upload your film (preferred method).
2) Download an entry form, read the guidelines, and submit by mail or in person. Entry form and guidelines can be found at www.santamonicateenfilmfestival.com.
Submissions will be accepted through 5 pm on Friday, March 6, 2015. Selected filmmakers will be informed by Monday, April 13, 2015.
Last year 40 films were screened from a pool of over 300 short films submitted from around the globe. Eighteen of the 40 selected were from young filmmakers in Santa Monica and surrounding cities.
Award categories include “Best of the Fest”, “Best Documentary”, “Best Animation”, “Best Music Video”, “Best Live Action,” and the “Green Choice Award,” which recognizes the film that best portrays the spirit of environmentalism.
There is also a Santa Monica Budding Filmmaker award, which goes to the local teen who displays the most talent and passion for a future filmmaking career. Prizes include gift certificates, trophies and networking with industry professionals.
In addition, the overall festival winner will receive a full scholarship to Relativity Workshops, a 3-week summer intensive in downtown Los Angeles created by a major Hollywood studio (www.relativityworkshops.org). Workshops take place in downtown Los Angeles from June to August 2015.
The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is an interdepartmental initiative between the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, the Santa Monica Public Library, City TV, the Office of Sustainability and the Environment and the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center.
Its purpose is to showcase the creative talents of teen filmmakers, as well as encourage youth to use the art of filmmaking as a form of creative expression and commentary on the world in which they live.
For more information about the film festival, or to make a reservation, e-mail Milesplayhouse@smgov.net or call Justin Yoffe at 310.458.8634.