Students will win $200 if their film is one of the three Grand Prize winners. Now in its third 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 18, 2018 from 9 am to noon at Bow Tie Cinemas in South Orange, NJ, located just a short train ride from NYC. The first two 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! Your submission will entitle you to free admission to the screening!

Jury prizes from the Cinema Ed Young Filmmakers Track at the 3rd SOMA Film Festival will be awarded in the following categories:

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

All students who submit a film via FilmFreeway will receive a free ticket to the Young Filmmakers screening and awards ceremony on Sunday, March 18th. All accepted finalists will be awarded a free VIP Badge to the entire SOMA Film Festival, March 16-18. The Grand Prize Winner in each category will receive a $200 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 2016.

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/or 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
  • Will Nordstrom

    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