Aspiring Minds Film Festival presents a showcase of student work from Diablo Valley College and around the world!

This semester we are celebrating our 23rd Festival in a different way. Due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold the festival as a live event during the Spring semester. But, that will not be stopping us this semester.

* Films are due by May 21st @ 11:59 PM
* Accepted Filmmakers will be Notified by Sunday, May 23rd
* Accepted Films will all STREAM on a single Vimeo Link as a Showcase from Monday, May 24th until Saturday, May 29th (It will then be deleted)
* A Live Q&A and Awards Ceremony will take place on Zoom, Saturday, May 29th from 6-9 PM

In a continued effort to celebrate the filmmakers, awards in the form of laurels will be presented for...

*Best Comedic Performance
*Best Dramatic Performance
*Best Writing
*Best Cinematography
*Best Sound Design
*Best Editing
*Best Directing
*Best in Festival
*Audience Choice Award (taken from online votes)

One submission per director will be accepted. Twelve (12) minute maximum length. Credits included in that time.

***By Submitting Your Film, You Are Giving Permission For It Stream Online From Monday, May 24th until Saturday, May 29th. After That, The Link Will Be Taken Down***

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