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 2020 festival, we will be offering all new on-site contests the week of the festival (including a 76 hour challenge), adding a new Central Film Festival: Film Camp, along with other exciting opportunities that will be announced 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 2019-March 2020 by students who were attending high school when the film was created.

-Most entries must not exceed 15 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
  • 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!

  • Jared Goudsmit

    I was able to attend this festival. Very positive, very interactive, and a great community for young filmmakers! Central Film Festival is a fantastic resource.

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jared! We loved having you and also seeing your work at All American. Looking forward to having you back this year!

  • Great Festival, grateful to be chosen as a winner in this festival. Just a little note : the don't give prizes to international winners but they'll send you a PDF of it (the certificate) ;) <3 It really makes me happy when i know there are festivals like this that would give young film makers a chance to show themselves to the world.

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Armin! Great job on your film and it was an honor to screen your hard work! We'll look for your films this year.

  • Brendan Hickey

    I unfortunately couldn't attend this years festival, but I can without a hesitation give this festival a positive review, as I'm just so incredibly thankful and happy that this fest is giving young filmmakers a chance to screen their films and get their work out here into he world. I think it's extremely cool what these folks are doing to support youth artists and I'll hopefully be able to attend next year :)

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words! We hope to have you come this year and let us know if there is anything that we can do to make it easier!