Aspiring Minds Film Festival presents a showcase of student work from Diablo Valley College and other films from the California Bay Area!

This semester we are celebrating our 27th Festival as an IN-PERSON EVENT!

The screening will be held at Diablo Valley College (321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523), in the Forum (under the library, near parking lot 3).

The event will take place Thursday, December 8th, 6–9 pm.

* Films are due by Friday, December 2nd @ 11:59 pm
* As long as you make the deadline with a mostly finished version, and if your film is accepted into the Festival, you can still resubmit a final version by Monday, December 5th. However, judges will be viewing your original submission.
* Accepted Filmmakers will be Notified by Sunday, December 4th
* A Live Q&A and Awards Ceremony will take place following the Screening.

In a continued effort to celebrate the filmmakers, trophies will be presented for...

*Best Comedic Performance
*Best Dramatic Performance
*Best Writing
*Best Cinematography
*Best Sound Design
*Best Editing
*Best Directing
*Best in Festival
*Best Alumni Film
*Audience Choice Award

Considering this is a California Bay Area Student Festival, awards will only be presented to students in the bay area. This could be High School, Community College, or College.

Non-student films are still eligible to screen at the event, but can not compete for awards. They will still receive an Official Selection Laurel.

Trophies will NOT be mailed at the expense of the festival.

1) Submissions may be no longer than 12 minutes.

2) Any genre will be considered for screening.

3) Submitting a film does not guarantee acceptance into the screening. All submitting filmmakers will be notified of their status by Sunday, December 4th.

4) Submissions must be suitable for a general audience. No extreme gore or sexual content.

5) Submission fee is $10

6) To enter as a student, the submission must have been created while attending school (college or high school.) It does not need to have been made for a school assignment. The filmmaker can currently be graduated, as long as the film was created while they were a student.

7) Filmmakers can submit multiple projects, but only one film per director will be selected to screen. Projects can share producers, cast, or other crew.

9) There will be no refunds on submission fees.

10) The Awards for each category will be voted on by our judges before the event, except for the Audience Choice, which the festival attendees will choose.

Overall Rating
  • This festival was great. it was a fun festival to be part of.

    September 2020
  • Andy Chen

    Super stoked that they selected our film to screen at this festival! The whole process was smooth and communication was great! We even won the audience choice award!! Great experience!

    January 2020
  • Connor Reid Cooper

    Awesome festival with an awesome venue and an even more awesome group of filmmakers. Quality festival that showcases a ton of great films.

    June 2019
  • This is a wonderfully manageable film festival for those in the area. It’s great for DVC students hoping to get their work out onto the screen, and good for anyone in the community who wants to see some locally-made shorts. Lots of diversity in the film projects being produced. It’s large enough that there are a lot of good and vastly different films and directors to hear from, but small enough that it doesn’t get overwhelming.

    June 2019
  • Mike Milazo

    This has been my most favorite festival so far. Mostly because it's the hardest to win because there are so many great film makers that submit here. I was happy to be selected. Even though I was disappointed I didn't win any awards I was still very proud to sit amongst many other aspiring film makers and know I competed amongst them.

    October 2017