The 25 Under 25 Film Fest is a two-day film festival in San Luis Obispo that is dedicated to giving young California filmmakers a platform to show their work. The festival will highlight filmmakers under the age of 25 that are making films less than 25 minutes long. We aim to produce an environment that encourages youth art, innovative ideas, and lasting connections between young filmmakers. The filmmakers all will be staying together in log cabins at a local beachside campground, fostering an environment full of meaningful connections and beautiful views.

If your film is selected, you will receive 2 nights accommodation, up to 2 filmmakers per film. Housing and food will be provided throughout the weekend. Each filmmakers will also receive 2 two-day passes to the festival and one VIP all-access pass to the event. Grand jury will be giving away $2,500 total in cash prizes to the top 3 films of the festival.

Must be a California resident or student going to school in California to enter. Must be 25 years of age or under.

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  • Agazi Desta

    It was a great experience, and incredibly well organized. The hospitality couldn't have been more accommodating. The general atmosphere of the program felt welcoming, supportive, and engaging. Also, an amazing opportunity for young filmmakers to connect.

    May 2018
  • Katie Theel

    An incredible festival experience! Accommodations were excellent, festival attendees were excited and engaged, and all of the selections were high-quality. The nature of the festival really fostered bonding and networking between the filmmakers in attendance and created an environment that was supportive and fun. Awesome to get to attend such a successful first-year festival!

    May 2018
  • 10/10 best festival I've been to. Hospitality was incredible, (lodging at a cool campsite, meals, VIP Event was all provided for) the venue was the perfect size, with each of the 4 sessions being almost sold out. Everybody was super excited to watch films, and the filmmakers got to get up after their film was shown to engage the audience with q and a.

    This was also the debut year for this festival, and I'm very excited to see where the organizers take it in the following years!

    Well done. Some of the most fun I've ever had.

    May 2018