The 30UNDER30 FILM FESTIVAL aims to discover emerging storytellers and give them the opportunity to present their fresh perspectives to audiences in New York City. We understand that it’s easy to be overshadowed by popular film festivals, that’s why we strive to highlight directors under 30 and certify their talents so they can stand out in the film industry.

In 2017, our missionwas to shift awareness to the U.N. 17 Sustainable Goals, spotlighting goal #5 Gender Equality.

We are young storytellers united, agents of change. Using film to inspire social change & connecting creatives for the future; we're a resource. Millennials changing the world with positive impact.

This year, sections will focus on Gender Equality, stories about achieving equality and empowering all women and girls. There will be a special spotlight on Female Directors, as well as films about Gender Equality by male or female directors.

This 3-day event in New York City is full of screenings, panels, and networking opportunities with filmmakers and other industry leaders.

We will be screening SHORTS (narrative/doc/experimental) & FEATURES (doc/narrative/experimental) of any and all genres.


All types of film and media is acceptable, we know there are millions of ways to tell stories.

There will be categories in narrative and documentary, as well as experimental and new technology storytelling like VR and AR.

We're particularly interested in films spotlighting the 17 Sustainability Goals:

Premiere status is irrelevant to us, we're about telling good stories.

If selected, please be ready to share a Quicktime Pro Res 422 file on a shuttle drive or downloadable link , and/or a bluray + dvd backup for screenings.

Overall Rating
  • Giulia Gandini

    30under30 Film Festival was an incredible experience! Inspiring selection of work, amazing jurors and sponsors, incredible screening locations and outstanding attendance! Networking is highly well promoted as well. I would recommend it to any young filmmaker! A shout-out to the amazing Sebastian Rea, Courtney Baxter and Maria Morano from 30under30 for making my festival experience in the US so memorable.

    December 2017
  • Bryan Fitzgerald

    30Under30 felt like how all festivals should aspire to be. Inspiring films, incredible networking, worldly and informative panel discussions, and all organized by great people. I met people that I am honored to consider myself in company with. It was a weekend I'll remember for a long time. I look forward to the next editions!

    April 2017
  • Namrata Desai

    A wonderful festival to be a part of! Great communication and goals for an organization to have! Highly recommend 30Under30 and honored to have been involved

    February 2017