The EDU Film Festival is Minnesota's premier film festival for high school students. Each year students from schools across the state attend the festival to view each other's work, take part in panel discussions, network with high school and professional filmmakers, and compete for Best-in-Fest awards.

While concentrating on films and filmmakers in Minnesota and from across the northern states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and the Dakotas, This year, EDU will accept entries from both US and foreign youth filmmakers

The EDU Film Festival is held in May in Minneapolis and the event is free to the public. In addition, EDU is the youth component of the North Star Story Summit in October in Duluth, Minnesota. All Film Freeway entries will be considered for both events.

Best in Fest
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Narrative
Best Music Video
Best Micro-Film
Best Animation
Best Cinematography
Minnesota Women in Film and TV Emerging Filmmaker Award
Twin Cities Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker of Color Award

The EDU Film Festival will not condone nor accept entries which:

Glamorize and/or graphically depict acts of violence

Glamorize any act of selling, consuming, or distributing drugs or alcohol

Glamorize any act of theft

Glamorize or emphasize any sexual act whether implied or directly stated

Make any direct or indirect threat to an individual, group, or entity

Harass and/or bully an individual, group, or entity

Are performed while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or any other intoxicating substance

Contain profane or obscene language

Videos should not contain unauthorized copyrighted material. The EDU Film Festival is not responsible for confirming copyright permissions and any illegal use of copyrighted materials is the responsibility of the entrant. For more information about obtaining rights to copyrighted material visit

Overall Rating
  • Thank you very much for selection of "Adult", for the great communication and for your support of Ukraine!

    May 2024
  • Phobophobia None

    A super great first experience with a film festival! I will definitely be returning next year.

    May 2024