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 young producers. Industry professionals serve as judges both before and during the screening. Past celebrities have included: Dean Batali, Karen Covell, Jim Schmidt, Jenn Gotzon, Bobby Downes, Coleman Luck, Chuck Konzleman, Cary Solomon, Mitchell Callisch, Brenda Lorena Garcia, Jim Covell, Daniel Florin, and many others.

"Best of..." Trophies; such as "Best Actor", "Best Screenplay", "Best Application of Scripture", "Best Cinematography", "Best Production Value", "Best Director", and more.

Giant Checks (cash)
* Best of College Division: approximately $623
* Best of High School Division: nearly $615
* Best of Junior High/Middle School: about $395

Prizes such as free acting lessons, "on set" opportunities, etc...
Each entry receives written critique from judges, two really cool lanyards, and two awesome VIP all-access passes including all seminars and mixers with judges, directors, and producers. (value over $140)

1. The contest is open to youth ages 12-24, with complete disregard to geographical location, race, hair, religion, creed, sex, ancestry, disabilities, DNA, or military service.
2. All movies must have begun principle production after March 7, 2021. Writing and pre-production may be earlier.
3. Primary positions for talent and crew must be within the specified age bracket. Supporting roles may be from outside the age brackets but not eligible for award consideration.
4. 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.
5. Movies must be wholesome and compatible with a Biblical Christian worldview. Content must also be age-appropriate and family friendly for screening to younger audiences, especially for the Jr. High/MS Division screenings.
6. All music copyright, talent, and location releases must be uploaded with entry.
7. Running time is limited to a maximum of 11 minutes including credits and titles.
8. Accurate and complete credits are required.

Overall Rating
  • Bethany Reinstedt

    The CYFF is an incredible opportunity to meet people who can help you and who truly care about your success. It's largely because of the CYFS that I am pursuing a career in filmmaking.

    March 2022
  • The festival was very well organized and inviting to new filmmakers!

    I was the only filmmaker from Canada in the college division and was sent a Festival in a Box for the night of! It was a great time.

    Excited to enter in another short film next year.

    May 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sarah! Looking forward to your next entry!

  • Absolutely Amazing had a blast this year, and I hope to get an award next time will definitely be coming back next year to win... the judges were amazing I talked to them and they were very kind and they definitely knew what they were talking about.
    Thank You, Joe Brown

    May 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Carson!

  • Adam Whitney

    For the past three years, I have submitted films to the Christian Youth Film Festival, and each year I am reminded of what a gift the festival is. The CYFF allows younger filmmakers to display their stories and grow in their filmmaking. With the help of professionals and guest judges, the participants are not only given critiques, but advice, and encouragement. I would recommend this festival to any young filmmaker who wants to tell their story, surrounded by amazing Christian filmmakers.

    May 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Adam!

  • Nicolas Uribe

    Super great festival. Every time I would ask a question, they answered in less than a day.

    May 2021