The DIFF High School Student Showcase, part of the annual Dallas International Film Festival, is a student showcase for emerging youth filmmakers. Open to high school filmmakers anywhere, the Showcase highlights current creative works from today's top talent among high school filmmakers.

Current high school students are invited to submit their film(s) through FilmFreeway for DIFF committee review. As a bonus, If you or your high school are aligned with Dallas Film's High School Film Labs or DIFF High School Day, please use your school's discount code to waive the entry fee (film teachers can confirm your school's current registration status by emailing "")

****You must include detail and image of your current school ID with your submission for your work to be considered.

If you are NOT a current student attending an approved high school, please submit your film on the Dallas International Film Festival submission page.

The high school showcase is competitive. Selected student films will be screened at the Dallas International Film Festival. Laurels will be allowed for selected films. Selected student filmmakers will receive one DIFF Student Pass to the entire festival in addition to walking the Red Carpet as directed.

- Student submissions are $10.00 per film
- Maximum running time is 10 minutes per film, films exceeding 10min will not be reviewed
- High School students submitting film(s) to the Showcase must include an image of their current student ID along with certain specific details supporting qualified, current high school students (ex: your film teacher's contact information and your school district name, city and state are required).
-Schools are permitted to submit multiple films (there are no quantity limits for schools), however, film teachers should make a quality assessment of each film prior to approving any student's submission for the competition.
-Student Films selected for the Showcase must have a festival quality, high resolution format file uploaded to FilmFreeway link by the final deadline.

Overall Rating
  • Brandon Isensee

    Great festival and wonderful people to work with!

    June 2020
  • Overall a great experience! Some technical issues aside, it went very smoothly and played some really nice films!

    May 2019
  • The Dallas International Film Festival has always been one of our favorite events. DIFF just keeps getting better and better each year. The atmosphere is awesome and everyone is congenial. They have a vast selection of films, the venues are clean, and the festival is well organized.

    April 2019