When and where will the festival be held?

The 2020 Montgomery County Youth Media Festival will take place from June 22-27, 2020. The festival will be held in various venues in downtown Silver Spring. A complete schedule with exact locations will be released in Spring 2020.

Who can participate?

This year, we have categories for middle school students, high school students, and young adults (ages 18-25). All entrants must be based in Montgomery County, Maryland (or attend school in Montgomery County).

What can I submit?

Here is a list of our 2020 categories, divided by age group:


Middle School:

Documentaries, Public Service Announcements, Photography, Digital Art, Fine Arts


High School:

Documentaries, narrative films, social justice films (narrative or doc), “Utopia Films”, music videos, photography, digital art, fine arts


Young Adults (ages 18-25):

Documentaries, narrative films, social justice films (narrative or doc), “Utopia Films”, music videos, photography, digital art, fine arts


All videos and media must be produced after April 2019. Media created before April 2019 will not be accepted. 

What is the “Utopia Film” category?

As a special category this year (for high schoolers and young adults), we are calling for submissions of “Utopia Films”. This means any short film, either documentary or narrative, that conveys or deals with a positive vision for the future. As poet Lucille Clifton said, “we cannot create what we can’t imagine”, so we invite young filmmakers to imagine a radically peaceful, beautiful, just vision for the future. Feel free to interpret this theme however you’d like!


I made ten videos that I would like to screen. Can I submit them all?

Unfortunately individuals can only submit up to two videos.


How many visual art pieces can I submit?

Individuals can submit only one piece of visual art or photography.


How long can the video be?

The maximum length for video is eight minutes.


When will I hear back about my submissions?

Participants will be notified of acceptance around the end of May or the first week of June. If you are concerned that you haven’t heard from us, please contact

Are there any prizes?

Yes! There will be a winner and a runner up in each category, determined by our panel of judges. There will be cash prizes awarded, too!


If you have additional questions, please contact


Good Luck!

The Promoters

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