Students will win $150 if their film is one of the three Grand Prize winners. Now in its fourth year, Cinema Ed’s Young Filmmakers Track, is open to high school students in the United States and around the world. All films will be juried by professional filmmakers and those selected will be screened during the SOMA Film Festival on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at The Woodland. "Set in the bucolic and artistically rich enclaves of Maplewood and South Orange, NJ, just thirty minutes from Manhattan, the festival has the warmth and spirit of a small town mixed with the creative force of a big city." (SOMA FF website). The first three years of the Young Filmmaker’s Track have been a huge success, as winners watched their films screen to sold out audiences before receiving award certificates. Submit your films early! Finalists will get one VIP pass per film and all members of the production team receive a free pass to the Young Filmmakers screening event.

Jury prizes from the Cinema Ed Young Filmmakers Track at the 4th SOMA Film Festival will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Short Narrative - Live Action
Best Short Narrative - Animated
Best Short Documentary

Young Filmmaker Finalists will get one VIP pass per film (good for the entire SOMA FF) and each member of the finalist film's production team will receive a free pass to the Young Filmmakers screening event on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at The Woodland. at The Woodland. The Grand Prize Winner in each category will be announced at the screening, and each winner will receive a $150 check.


Any narrative (live action or animation) or documentary film up to 15 minutes in length.

Current enrollment in high school or equivalent level is required.

Premiere status is not required.

You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted.

Do not submit your film until it is complete.

Films must have been completed after January 2017.

While we acknowledge that teachers offer assistance with the creation of many of the films, we do require that the film actually be written and directed by a high school student or students. We sometimes receive submissions which were written and/or directed by the teacher and filmed with the help of the students. While these films do not qualify for the YF student filmmaker competition itself, we are happy to accept them in a special “Teacher/Student Category” which judges the films according to those parameters and provides separate acknowledgment. They are not eligible for prize money.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

All films submitted and information about the filmmaker may be used in Cinema Ed communications, website or other materials and/or for marketing Cinema Ed's Young Filmmakers Track.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for the Honorable Mention for my film and thanks for communicating the information throughout the whole process.

    April 2018
  • javad daraei

    I am very happy and welcome every year to participate in your festival and thank you for this fine festival.

    March 2018

    Great showcase for kids. Can’t wait to try again next year

    March 2018