Calling all youth filmmakers

The Westport Youth Film Festival is a teen-run film festival that features film submissions from youth filmmakers high school age and under. Every year, WYFF showcases high school student films in a professional setting, and provides filmmakers and movie fans with a chance to learn from industry professionals through panel discussions, professional development opportunities, and filmmaker roundtables. Since its inception in 2003, WYFF has showcased over 600 high school student films at the festival, and has received over 2,000 submissions from around the world, including China, Indonesia, India and Israel.

WYFF is now accepting film submissions for its spring festival, and is seeking entries that fall into any one of the following categories: drama, comedy, animation, experimental, documentary and music video. In addition, all films produced in the state of a Connecticut will be automatically entered into a special, “Connecticut Category.”

The early deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 20th; each entry submitted on and before this deadline will cost $15. The regular deadline for entry is Tuesday, March 1st at a cost of $20 per entry, and a late deadline for entry is Tuesday, March 15th at a cost of $25 per entry. For those seeking financial aid, scholarships are readily available for filmmakers submitting one or more films. All are eligible to apply for a scholarship so that they may submit their films free of charge. To apply, please call WYFF Program Director Kate Lupo at 203-222-7070 x112.

WYFF’s new, state-of-the-art online submission platform is now open to all submissions; to submit your film online, please go to, click on the “Submit A Film” tab, create an account, pay the fee by credit card for the respective deadline, and upload your film.

To submit your entry by mail, please send your film as a DVD to INDEE.TV with attention to WYFF 2011 Submissions at 1750 Montgomery St. Suite 150, San Francisco, CA. 94111.

Team WYFF will screen all submissions; those selected to appear in the festival will be judged in their category by an industry professional. The winner of each category will receive a crystal award designed by Tiffany & Co., as well as a $250 cash prize (courtesy of the Broadcast Film Critics Association). Additionally, all entries will be considered for a “Social Action” award, for which the winner will receive a Tiffany & Co. award and a $500 cash prize, sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary.