The Flint Youth Film Festival is an event that recognizes the work of young filmmakers 13-25 in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, and/or the United States.

Our Festival is held in-person and online during the month of July. Audiences will be able to view the selected films on our website and YouTube channel for the entire month. Viewers will be able to vote for which film they think should win the Audience Choice Award which will be given at our Closing Gala. All of our in-person events will be happening in Flint/Genesee County. Our awards ceremony will premiere live on our YouTube channel.

The Flint Youth Film Festival is sponsored by the Flint Institute of Arts, iMichigan Productions, the Michigan Arts & Culture Council, the National Endowment of the Arts, the James A. Welch Foundation, the A.G. Bishop Charitable Trust, the Charles Mott Foundation, and Share Arts Genesee.

The accepted 13-15 entrants receive Achievement Awards.

All other awards are given to the runner-up and first place in each category. In addition to our main awards, we have craft awards in Directing, Writing, and Cinematography for filmmakers 16-25.

Additional Select Awards Determined by Judges:
The Heart Award: Given to a film that connects deeply with a subject and allows the audience in.
Audience Choice Award: Chosen by the viewers of the Festival on our website
Industry Award: Given by a select group of industry professionals that pick a standout film from all entrants.

All awards will be announced during our online Awards Ceremony in July with the top three announced in person at our Closing Gala in Flint, Michigan at the end of the month.

1. Eligibility –
a. Any person between 13-25 and living in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, and/or the United States may enter a film. Entrants must have been in this age range when the film was made and completed.

b. Any and all submissions from outside of the United States will not be considered.

c. For 2024 we are accepting films made in the last two years. Group projects, as well as individual works, are acceptable. All submissions must be produced by entrants.

d. Adult guidance and instruction are permissible, but the primary hands-on creative work and point-of-view must be by the entrant(s). If you are submitting for a student or other multiple individuals please make sure you note it when you submit.

2. Submission
a. The Submission deadline is Sunday, March 10, 2024, 11:59 PM EST (postmarked, electronic dating).

b. Each submission will cost a small fee. If under the age of 18 or submitting for multiple people as an organization/school please contact us for a waiver code.

c. Multiple category submissions are acceptable. Only one film per entrant will be accepted.

d. Entrants may submit as individuals, teams, or classes. If you are submitting for a group of students/entrants please contact us at

e. Minors must receive guardian/parental consent to enter the competition.

3. Rules
a. Only original work may be submitted. The FYFF board reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any submission.

b. Ratings Apply - We are a family-friendly festival. No nudity. Limited offensive language/cursing and violence are permitted. The FYFF uses the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) film rating system for submissions. Participants should follow the guidelines. We reserve the right to make minor edits for screening purposes.

c. Language Requirement - All films must be in English and/or subtitled in English.

d. Disqualification - Any international entries are automatically disqualified. Additional disqualification may result from but is not limited to language/content and/or copyright infringement.

e. Copyright - If copyright-protected sources are used, you must obtain the necessary permissions and include them with this application. If using material under Creative Commons (Fair Use Doctrine), make sure the necessary requirements are met in order to submit your work to a third party. For more information on copyrighted material and what constitutes fair use material, please visit:

There are many options for copyright-free music. One option is:

The FYFF is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on these websites. Please do your research and try to find material that is royalty/license-free and/or falls under Creative Commons. Copyright is a complicated issue. When in doubt, do not use material you did not create. We are interested in what you can create, not what you can borrow.

f. Film Running Time Limits
Age 13-15: 5 min. max
Age 16-18: 10 min. max
Age 19-21: 15 min. max
Age 22-25: 15 min. max

g. Entry Categories
Age 13-15: Achievement
Age 16-18: Fiction or Non-Fiction
Age 19-21: Fiction or Non-Fiction
Age 22-25: Fiction or Non-Fiction

All ages (13-25): Animation

All ages (13-25): Experimental
h. The Flint Youth Film Festival reserves the right to copy and distribute the works submitted for exhibition and promotional purposes only.

i. Jury Process - A jury panel of media professionals will select entries for recognition in all categories. Criteria for selection include:
Quality of Overall Production
Freshness & Originality
Persuasive Point of View
Emotional Impact
Technical Proficiency

Overall Rating
  • Danielle Browne

    What a wonderful festival showcasing talented, young filmmakers and encouraging them to continue pursuing the art. I hope it continues on for many years to come!

    August 2023
  • Pauline Angelina

    Thank you FYFF 2022 Team for the amazing online festival! The staffs were communicative, which I really appreciate with all my heart. I feel honored to be a part of this festival. I truly recommend young filmmakers to join this festival, because there's absolutely no submission fee and they will also give feedback for the submission.

    August 2022
  • Michael DeFranco

    Excellent small online festival with no submission fees. I appreciated the efficient communication and updates. Ended off with a fun live-streamed awards show. I was thrilled to be selected and awarded at this festival and will hopefully submit again next year.

    August 2022
  • An amazing festival! I am so thankful that my short film "Silence" was accepted. The festival coordinators were amazing at communicating. Any time I had a question or a problem occurred, I was contacted almost immediately. Great festival to be a part of.

    August 2021
  • Adam Burns

    Great festival! Learned about it from another school and wish we knew of it earlier. Great communication, awards, everything. Hope to be in person next year!

    July 2020