When and where will the festival be held?

The festival will be held at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring on Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm. We will post times for the individual category screenings closer to the date of the Festival.

Who can participate?

All middle school and high school students living or attending school in Montgomery County.

What can I submit?

You can submit video, photography or visual art to the festival. If you’re submitting a video, the genres we’re accepting are narrative/original screenplay, documentary, and environmental. All videos and media must be produced after May 2017. Media created before May 2017 will not be accepted. 

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. For more info on format of submissions, read our submissions guidelines ( )


When will I hear back about my submissions?

Participants will be notified of acceptance two weeks prior to the festival. If you have not heard from us by April 12, 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. Middle school winners will receive $50 and high school winners will receive $200 in each genre. Middle school runners-up will receive $25, and high school runners-up will receive $50. In addition, this year we are adding Audience Choice Awards; the audience will vote on their favorite piece in each category, and the winners will receive $200. The biggest prize is having your work screened for the public, at the illustrious AFI Silver Theatre!


If you have additional questions, please contact


Good Luck!


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