Central Film Festival is one of the only student-led, High School film festivals in the country, hosted in beautiful Springfield, Missouri.

For the upcoming 2023 festival, we will be offering an in-person festival once again! Details on attendance are coming soon.

Attendees can continue to enjoy the characteristics that have always made the festival unique, like industry-professional judging, screenings of every official selection, and free film submissions.

Awards for the top film in each categories.

-Films must have been made between April 2022-March 2023 by students who were attending high school when the film was created.

-Most entries must not exceed 20 minutes in length, but shorter films might be given preferential treatment due to time limits. See each category for specific length requirements.

-Submissions must be 100% original and student-created: no blatant parodies of existing works and no help from advisors or professional individuals outside of the classroom (excluding actors).

-Any filmmaker that does not verify their age through their submission will be disqualified.

-Student-Appropriate Content Only: No excessive strong language, blatant sexuality, pointless violence, pointless drug/alcohol/tobacco use (i.e. glorifying destructive behaviors), nudity, child peril, etc.

-The use of copy-written material of any kind (Music, video, images, etc.) will result in your film being removed from the festival.

-As this is a film festival, only films should be submitted; student video projects--such as news stories, music videos, sports team promotional videos, etc.--will not be shown or accepted.

-Submission does not guarantee a place in our festival. Various factors such as quality, time constraints, appropriateness or mis-submissions (entering the film in the wrong category) will result in your film being dismissed from inclusion into the festival.

Central Film Festival reserves the right to remove any film from the festival due to time constraints or that they feel contradicts the rules of entry stated above.

Overall Rating
  • Excellent festival, especially under the circumstances of being online this year. I was honored to be awarded "Best International Short Film".

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Weston! We loved you film and cannot wait to see your next project.

  • Amazing online festival under the circumstances, and my film, One Minute to Midnight, was honored with best Sci-fi film—I cannot wait until next years festival!

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks James! We cannot wait either; we have some really great stuff on the way this year.

  • Amazing festival! I was lucky to be selected as a winning entry for my film FORTE.

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ella! We loved your film at All American and were honored to see it in our festival. Congrats!

  • Max Shoham

    It's an honour and a privilege to tell stories. I was lucky to have 3 of my films screen at this year's Central Film Festival. Thank you so much for this!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Max! It was wonderful to see your work at our festival (and in NYC at All American). Keep up the good work.

  • My film All That Remains was nominated for the festival it didn't win an award and i felt they should have sent an email letting me know the status of the film it was my 1st film iv'e ever made and im looking to take 1st place for horror this year ;) still an awesome festival that i recommend

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the kind words and feedback! We will do our best to communicate all film rankings in a timely manner. Looking forward to seeing what you bring this year!