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Teens of LA Film Fest

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Lights, camera, action! It’s time to get in the filmmaking game, and we are inviting young filmmakers to show us their talent, enthusiasm and creative spirit.

If you are between the ages of 11 and 18, send us your short film in any of the categories below to be entered into the Teens of LA Film Fest. Submissions are free and must be received between May 18 and June 19.

We’re accepting films in the following categories:

  • Book Trailer (30-90 seconds)
  • Public Service Announcement (30-90 seconds)
  • Experimental (1-5 minutes)
  • Short Film (3-8 minutes)
  • Documentary (3-8 minutes)
  • Oral History (2-5 minutes)

The top three films in each category will be posted on LAPL's YouTube channel. Help us choose the winner of the Audience Award by voting for your favorite! Winners in each category will be announced in late July.

Submitting Your Film

  • Make sure you have read and understand the submission guidelines.
  • If you are under 18, please have a parent or guardian with you before clicking the button to submit.
  • All submissions must be received by June 19 at 11:59PM.

Note: you must use the link above and complete the release survey before entering your film. If you have completed the release, you may go directly to FilmFreeway to work on your submission.

Filmmaking During COVID-19

Making a film is a collaborative process. However, in this unprecedented time, we ask that you respect local orders for physical distancing in order to keep yourself, and all Angelenos, safe and healthy.

We also believe that creativity is essential in difficult times. We encourage you to use library resources to explore and make your art–please see below for some recommended books, videos, and online classes related to filmmaking, storytelling, and animation.

We know you’ll create work that reflects our times. Please contact us if we can help in any way.

Filmmaking Resources


Videos and Online Classes

View the finalists and winners of the 2019 festival here.