The Fayette Youth Film Festival will celebrate and embrace all we admire in our youth’s creativity, individuality, and talent. This event will showcase young filmmakers that have a positive message or unique viewpoint through this year’s theme, My Reality. Through short films made by youth, we aim to educate and inspire our audience.

Our festival will showcase short films made by youth in animation, live-action, and documentary. Local filmmakers will have a special category. The festival will not only showcase amazing films, but it will also offer filmmaking workshops, and drop-in activities as well as a chance to interact with industry professionals. Youth will learn about directing, cinematography, screen writing, and the industry at large. Space for these events in limited. All finalist filmmakers will have the full Red Carpet Experience.

Most importantly, this is a non-for-profit event, with all proceeds going to fund the I Am Foundation, an organization aimed at empowering girls and guys to become leaders.

Films can be about anything, as long as they are made by youth. As a special feature, we will also showcase those short films that exemplify #myreality. These films can be full of humor and fantasy, but we are looking for unique viewpoints from young adults. Documentaries are welcome, but not the only way to tackle this topic. We love films that are humorous, adventurous, and down-right entertaining. So get filming!

The Best Films chosen by the professional judging panel will receive an I AM Award, the Red Carpet Experience, including an all-access VIP pass and seating, private styling session, and prizes in excess of $1,000 in these categories:
I AM Mini: Elementary age student or younger
I AM Junior: Student in 6-8th grade
I AM Senior: Student in 9-12th grade (or 1st year college)
I AM Local (limited to Fayette County residents)

Special recognition will also be given in these categories:
Best animation
Best documentary
Best actor
People’s Choice

Prizes are subjected to change and updates will be posted on our website at Screeners reserve the right to withhold any awards in a category where one is not warranted. INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES use waiver code FYFF2731.

Productions must have been completed after January 2016. A separate entry application and entry fee must be submitted for each entry. Discounts will be given for those submitting more than 1 film for consideration.
To be considered, films must adhere to these rules:
1. Film directors must be 21 or younger at the time of filming and adhere to the following categories:
a. Junior – elementary or younger
b. Middle – 8th grade or younger, less than 15 years of age at the time of filming.
c. Senior – 21 or younger and attending high school or 1st year college.
2. Film must be created after January 2016.
3. Film may be no longer than 8 minutes. Films longer than 8 minutes will be disqualified.
4. All work is expected to be done by the youth. It should be written, directed, produced, and technically executed entirely by the students within the defined category. Editing assistance can be done by an adult with strict youth direction. Filmmakers may have older or younger actors in their films.
5. All films must be in English. No subtitles allowed.
6. All films must have appropriate, family-friendly content approximating a ‘G’ or ‘PG’ rating. Films containing profanity, nudity, drug use, drinking, or gratuitous depictions of violent acts will be disqualified. Films should focus on positive messages.
7. Films must be in the following format:
a. HD Videos : H.264 - 1080p 29.97
b. SD Videos : Windows Media - NTSC Widescreen or Quicktime – NTSC Widescreen
c. Films chosen for viewing will be required to mail a CD version of their video for viewing the night of the event.
8. All films must be submitted under one of the following categories: live action narrative, documentary, or animation. Please do not submit sponsored works (those produced to promote a specific company or product).
a. Narrative Film: tells a fictional story, event, or narrative. Uses narrative as its primary motivation, involves characters, conflict, and some degree resolution. May be wholly imaginary or based on true occurrences.
b. Documentary Film: non-fiction filmmaking that documents reality and tells a truthful story in a straightforward way. Usually has a strong point-of-view with real people depicting events or providing interviews on specific message they want to portray to their audience.
c. Animated Film: filmmaking that depicts a story through animation – individual drawings, painting, or illustrations photographed frame by frame. Usually each one differs giving the illusion of movement.
9. Filmmakers may not promote individual films prior or during the event. No individual posters, banners, or audience swaying will be allowed.
10. All music and copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed.
a. By entering the festival you are declaring that all material in your production is either entirely original, or you have obtained proper, legal permission to use copyrighted material. You must be granted permission from the artist to use original music.
b. Material available on the Internet is not considered to be in the public domain.
d. While the work remains the property of the creating artist, the Fayette Youth Film Festival reserves the right to use any submitted footage or stills to promote the festival at any time. Filmmaker also permits the use of images or video of him or her taken at the festival.

Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release
By entering my film for consideration into the Fayette Film Festival, I authorize that my work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

I acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this film to Fayette Film Festival and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution. I shall indemnify and hold harmless the Fayette Film Festival from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to screening videos entered.

I grant permission to Fayette Film Festival to use film clips or stills for any promotional use. I allow any third parties at the Fayette Film Festival the right to film or photograph my appearance and voice for any and all marketing and promotion of the festival.

If this film is accepted, I grant Fayette Film Festival the non-exclusive right to right to show, distribute and market my film in its entirety as they see fit, including but not limited to sponsorship deals and other business related deals. This also includes presenting films at other film festivals and other screenings, showcases or distribution with 3rd party partners.

Submitting a film to Fayette Film Festival constitutes an agreement by and between the filmmaker/representative, and/or applicable Parent/Guardian of a minor aged Filmmaker, and Fayette Film Festival. By submitting, I agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. I acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. I also acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation for the use of my film in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

I understand and acknowledge that, if I am under 18 years of age, my parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on my behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker if applicable, I understand and acknowledge that I am agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of my child or a child for whom I am a legally designated Guardian.