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

$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

* All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway.
* Works in progress are not accepted.
* Films must be completed after January 1, 2020.
* To qualify for submission the Director and most team members must be registered in a high school in Southwestern Ontario at the time of submission.
* We accept and celebrate the diversity of our country and encourage submissions in English, French, newcomer, and/or Indigenous languages (Submission must include English subtitles)
* 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 duration, 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.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must agree to the terms of the Filmmaker/Guardian Release on your behalf.

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 Youth Film Festival newsletter and may opt out 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 that they not be posted publicly online during that time.

Films that are official selections are not permitted to withdraw from the festival after September 15. FCYFF reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.

Please DO NOT use school email accounts to submit if at all possible as most communications with finalists occur during the summer period.

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