Longest running festival of its kind, the Christian Youth Film Festival encourages young people to create excellent movies integrating the Christian faith. The gala screening includes young filmmakers all dressed up, arriving in limos, and walking the red carpet. Exclusive VIP dinner is a highlight for filmmakers from each accepted entry. Industry professionals serve as judges both before and during the screening. Past celebrities have included: Dean Batali (That 70's Show); Jenn Gotzon (Doonby, Alone Yet Not Alone), Bobby Downes (Like Dandelion Dust, Time Changer), Coleman Luck (Equalizer, Burning Zone, Otherworld), Chuck Konzleman and Cary Solomon (God's Not Dead, Do You Believe), and others.
Awards & Prizes
"Best of" Trophies; such as "Best Actor", "Best Screenplay", "Best Application of Scripture"
Giant Checks (cash)
* Best of College Division: about $750
* First place Teen Division: nearly $800
* Second place Teen Division: close to $700
* Third place Teen Division: well over $500
Prizes such as free acting lessons, "on set" intern opportunities, etc...
Each entry receives written critique from judges, a flash drive with movies from 2018, two really cool lanyards, and two awesome VIP passes into the exclusive backstage dinner with judges, directors, and producers. (value over $120)
Rules & Terms
1. The contest is open to youth ages 12-22, with complete disregard to geographical location, race, hair, religion, creed, sex, ancestry, disabilities, DNA, or military service.
2. Two divisions: Teen (Middle school / High school; generally 12-18yrs.); and College; (generally 18-22yrs). Teams that span both age groups should probably enter the division based on age of your director. Please contact us if you need further clarification.
3. All movies must have begun principle production after March 5, 2017. Writing and pre-production may be earlier.
4. Primary positions for talent and crew must be within the specified age range. Only supporting roles may be from outside the age brackets. Writing, crew, and post production must be done by those of age within their division. If any crew or talent are outside the division age bracket, the individual will be inelligible for award consideration, and movie may be disqualified.
5. Minimal adult help is allowed and encouraged. This means adults may advise or demonstrate with the goal of teaching. Adults may drive, help secure equipment and locations, or provide the pizza. Adults should strive to help kids be better filmmakers, learn new skills, and develop hidden talents.
6. Movies must be wholesome and compatible with a Biblical Christian worldview. TEEN division entries must also be age-appropriate and family friendly for screening to younger audiences.
7. All music copyright, talent, and location releases must be provided with each entry. Best Original Score award will only be considered for original musical scores written specifically for this entry.
8. Running time is limited to ten minutes, not including credits. Accurate and complete credits are required on-screen and on file. Credits and outtakes might not be screened at discretion of the CYFF.