A film festival for teenaged filmmakers open to all students registered in high school in Southwestern Ontario. A great place to learn and grow, the Forest City Youth Film Festival celebrates, inspires, and promotes the future storytellers of Southwestern Ontario.

$300 to the top film in each category, $200 to the runner-up.
$500 for Best Overall Film
$500 for Best Youth Performance
$500 for Most Enterprising Young Filmmaker

* We accept and celebrate the diversity of our country and encourage submissions in English, French, newcomer, and/or Indigenous languages.
* All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway. Please don't send discs or any downloadable files directly to us.
* Works in progress are not accepted.
* Films must be completed after January 1, 2019.
* Entry fees are non-refundable.
* To qualify for submission the Director and all team members must be registered in a high school in Southwestern Ontario at the time of submission.
* The decision of the Judges and Selection Committee is final.

Terms and Conditions:
By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival.

All Films selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selected and notified.

By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted and by submitting a work for consideration (a Work), entrant hereby grants the Festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights to use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the Work's director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media.

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.

The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives. The Festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film.

All submitters will be automatically subscribed to the Forest City Film Festival newsletter and may opt out at their option at any time.

Films that are posted publicly on YouTube or other public video sites cannot be screened in competition at our festival. We ask that films submitted not screen in the London region between August 15 and October 28 outside of the festival and not be posted publicly online.

Films that are official selections are not permitted to withdraw from the festival after September 15th.

FCYFF reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.

Please do not use school emails to submit if at all possible. It makes it very difficult for us to communicate with you to tell you if you've been accepted as an official selection.

Overall Rating
  • Xavier Wehrli

    A well coordinated and extremely supportive festival for emerging filmmakers!

    November 2020
  • Ethan Hickey

    Incredible inaugural year for this festival!

    January 2020