A = “A” quality audiovisual works
FilmTeens = teenagers and children shooting films
Fest = great online Festival!!!

It is an international online festival of audiovisual works made by the youngest generation, aged 7 to 21, from around the world. It takes place on the platform www.afilmteensfest.com - for the first time in this version! The project started in December 2019 in the Světozor art cinema in Prague as Teenfilmfest.cz, and in 2020 continued with online screenings for schools because of Covid pandemic.

Films from abroad and the Czech Republic will compete together. The year of production of the work is not important. The following topics have priority for us: Love (in various forms), Family and relationships, Nature and climate changes, Cyberworld, Christian values, themes against racism, bullying, violence, discrimination, etc. Works with other subjects can be accepted as well. But videos supporting addictive substances and any type of violence, racism, nudity and other inappropriate themes will be excluded.

The selection and awards of films will be decided by an international jury of professionals from the world of film and media (in 2019, the jury was composed of famous personalities, such as the documentary filmmaker Vít Klusák, the writer and screenwriter Emil Hakl, the director and screenwriter Olga Dabrowská and other representatives of the youngest artistic generation in the Czech Republic).

The works will be available online in approximately 40 - 45 min. sections. The sections of the audiovisual works will be drawn up according to the spectators’ ages: up to 8 years, 9 - 11 years, 12 - 14 years, 15 - 17 years, 18 - 21 years. If the proposals of films will allow it, we will form the sections for each of these age groups related to their topics. The films will have optional English, Czech and probably Spanish subtitles.

The festival program will be complemented by workshops, talk shows and a Q&A - and they will be mediated to international audience via an online transmission. The Q&A events, always with the main creators of the five to eight films whose work will be thematically and age-related, will be announced in advance. The themes of workshops will be announced. Topics of talk shows will be: Presentation of the 5 most successful incoming artists from all over the world aged 12 to 17, Distributional use and screening possibilities of the works made by children and youth (festivals, etc.), Abuse of youth on the Internet. Project "Windows to the World" (film workshops for children from Czech children's homes) will also be presented.

If the situation regarding the Covid pandemic allows, the award ceremony will take place in the Prague cinema „Pilotů“ on Saturday, December 4th. It will be moderated by Czech celebrity. On December 5th, the most successful award-winning films will be particularly screened online during the whole day.

We want to support creativity, media literacy, the development of mind and aesthetics, moral and social perception, as well as the critical thinking of today’s children and young people. Our objectives are cultural enjoyment and entertainment, but also the upbringing of nowadays youth, as well as alternative education. It is important for us to inspire teachers and help them to develop film and media education, we want to promote this. Our intention is to develop the quality and originality of the works made by teenagers through attractive, easy-to-use and constantly-improving techniques, which should lead to the elaboration of own original themes with minimal budgets.

The festival program, access to the film blocks and other information will be gradually published on www.afilmteensfest.com.

Twenty basic prizes will be awarded: in each of the 5 main categories 4 prizes will be given, according to the 4 age subcategories of the creators (up to 10 years, 11 - 14 years, 15 - 17 years, 18 - 21 years). The most interesting works will receive the following 8 awards: the Ben Barenholtz Award, the Vojtěch Jasný Award, Best International Film, Best Czech Out-of-school Film, Best Czech School Film and three Audience Awards (one of them will be the prize of a non-professional jury composed of 12- to 16-year-olds). If necessary, there will be seven additional honorable mentions. The winners will receive graphically-processed hand written diplomas and prize packages from festival sponsors (as technique, cosmetics, clothes, books, T-shirts etc.).

You can apply your works via FilmFreeway or www.afilmteensfest.com (on this web page please read closely the festival regulations). The year of production is unimportant. If you need to wave or discount your fee, write us e-mail, we are open to it.

audiovisual work in original language and with English (and possibly Spanish) subtitles, a brief description (synopsis) of the work, the bio and filmography of the main creators, the circumstances of the origin of the work, any complementary info about the creation of the work that are essential, photographs of main authors and from the film (1 MB), dialogue or title list of the work in English. Optional are: key art/key photo of the work (ideally 5 MB), show reel and its dialogue/subtitle list in English and original language, dialogue/subtitle list of the film in the original language.

VIDEO FORMATS (for the works and show reels)
Please deliver in MP4 format, we will convert all other formats to it.
Video: AVC - H.264 codec (other formats will be converted to it), min. bitrate 5Mbps,
distinction of min. fullHD (1020x1080), in other cases letterbox
Audio: AAC codec, min. bitrate 192kbs, stereo - number of channels

If you have versions of the work and show reel with English or Spanish subtitles (one of them could also be in your mother tongue), send them to us. Otherwise, we will produce subtitles in English and probably in Spanish. If you have dialogue lists of the audiovisual work and show reel in your mother tongue and perhaps also in English and Spanish, send them to us.

The best way is to record your work in the original language, and if possible, also with English and Spanish subtitles in the above-mentioned format, and all the other materials (photos, key art/poster, dialogue lists of the work in your original language and also in English and Spanish, show reel in the original version and if possible with English and Spanish subtitles) to this CLOUD SPACE: https://upload.afilmteensfest.com. If for some reason you cannot upload the materials here, send them via WeTransfer, etc. and let us know.

DECLARATION of the creators of the work and/or their legal representatives:

1. The main creators and authors of the work are children and young people from all over the world between the ages of 7 and 21. Adults should cooperate on no more than 40% of the work, the majority should be done by the creators (under the age of 21) themselves.
2.The creators and/or their legal representatives declare that they are entitled to register the work at A-FilmTeensFest (hereinafter the "organizer" or "festival") and to grant all the permits described below that are related to its use and distribution. They declare that they give the organizer permission to use all the submitted materials for festival promotional and organizational purposes, and to give the organizer and any other third party cooperating with the organizer the right to shoot and photograph the appearance and voice of the creators for the promotional reasons of the festival and the work.
3. The creators and/or their legal representatives declare that they have, and are handling, all copyright, screening, and other rights related to the production and distribution of the work and are fully responsible for this. The creators of work submitted and selected for the festival have the right to use the name and logo of the festival in their promotional and personal materials (portfolio, etc.). The creators and/or their legal representatives agree to be added to the list of e-mail contacts of the organizer. Their names and e-mails may also be shared with third-party partners for the purpose of promoting the festival, with other international festivals, etc. If they do not agree, they will notify the organizer who is obliged to take this into account and not to use their names and contacts.
4. If the work is accepted for the festival, the creators and/or their legal representatives grant the organizer the non-exclusive rights to screen, promote and distribute the work, including online screenings, and in full as the organizer plans. In case of disagreement with this, they will send to the organizer in writing and in time a prohibition on the use of the work. They agree that the organizer may use the work within other distribution opportunities of the festival, and they will not receive any compensation from the organizer for the use of the work in accordance with the stated regulations and conditions. They also accept that the organizer can ask them to sign further distribution agreements, which they have free will to accept or reject. The organizer hereby does not hold/acquire any copyright or ownership rights to the work.
5. If the creators are under the age of 18, their legal representatives must agree with all the stated rules and conditions. Where relevant, the legal representatives of the underage creators understand and acknowledge that they agree to all the rules and conditions set forth herein for the creators of whom they are the legal representatives. The creators and/or their legal representatives acknowledge that the proper submission of the application to the organizer constitutes the agreement regarding the described use of the work between the organizer and the creators and/or their legal representatives and so their approval to the stated regulations and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for making my daughter (age 10) feel so welcome in your festival. She's thrilled to have won an award, but also very much enjoyed being interviewed, and listening to the other director interviews. Bryn wants to be an animator and it's special experiences like this that really make a difference. Thank you again!

    December 2021
  • Katherine Johnson

    Stellar communication. Great festival with an appreciated focus on young people.

    December 2021

    Lovely festival. Kind hosts and good communication.

    December 2021
  • Liam Butler

    It was such a blast to be included in this festival, with the other amazing films in our category! We were notified of the festival, and able to share with friends and family. Congratulations to the winners and thanks again for including us!

    December 2021