Gold Coast International Film Festival & the world-class film department at Hofstra University present YOUTH FILM DAY - a FREE event for students in grades 7 – 12 who are aspiring filmmakers and/or considering careers in Film or TV.

March 6, 2021

The day will include:
• VIRTUAL filmmaking workshops in Cinematography, Experimental Filmmaking, Special FX Makeup, Directing, Low Budget Special Effects and more!

• The opportunity to submit your short film for awards consideration!

All workshops will be taught by film industry professionals, GCIFF staff and Hofstra faculty.

This event is FREE but you MUST register in advance at


*All films (incl. credits) must be no more than five (5) minutes in length

*All films must be PG in content.

*We will accept films of all genres, including, but not limited to:

- Documentary

- Narrative (must tell a story or have some narrative structure)

- PSA or TV Commercial (maximum length – 2 minutes)

- Animation

- Music Videos (of original music only)

NOTE: all content must be original and/or used with permission

Overall Rating
  • Patrick Weaver

    Great workshops! Thank you for everything.

    March 2021
  • We were delighted that three of our films; Side EFX, MONSTER MAYHEM and MR. GRUMPLEDUMP’S SONG were finalist films of the 2021 Youth Film Day (a segment of GCIFF)
    Awaiting our certificates :)

    March 2021
  • Nobin Kurian

    Indeed a pleasant experience. Our short film 'Look @ window" was the semi-finalist and feels happy for that.

    March 2021
  • Zahra Ebadi

    This was such a great honor for me as a student to be included in this amazing festival .thank you so much

    March 2021
  • Liam Weinberger

    i had a tremendous time while at this event

    March 2020