The iGen Film Festival (formerly the Elijah Wells Youth Indie Film Festival) will take place October 29-Nov 1,2020 in Historic Overtown. The mission of the iGen Film Festival is to provide a platform for emerging filmmakers ages 16-25, around the world to reach the broadest possible audience and to generate international dialogue through cinema. The festival looks to celebrate and inspire the youth to develop their technical and creative skills.

We are delighted that every year we draw packed houses as our community shows its support for essential films and aids us in maintaining our success as a promoter of arts, culture, and education.

The iGen Film Festival looks to promote a new generation of emerging youth film filmmakers who are enriching the artistic landscape of film. This year’s festival will include engaging and thought-provoking films, expert speakers and audience interaction.

The festival will provide a platform for film creatives to find their voice in a rapidly expanding landscape.

The creative force behind the festival is Elijah Wells, President, and CEO of Elijah Wells Films produces the festival. The company has become a staple brand in the film industry, specializing in documentary and filmmaking.

Elijah produced the short film “The Gift,” which was the American Black Film Festival’s 2012 Community Short Film Showcase winner. Key industry leaders and celebrities which include; Jeff Friday, Founder of American Black Film Festival, Robert Townsend, Spike Lee, Omari Hardwick, and Joann have supported Elijah in the past. The Miami Times classified Elijah Wells as “one of our very own indie filmmaker”. Therefore, we welcome and appreciate your contributions to this event as it will not only help build awareness around emerging filmmakers but also help put a spotlight on film, arts, and culture.

Short Film $250.00
Short Web $200.00
Documentary $150.00

The iGen Youth Film Festival will take place October 29- Nov 1st, 2020 at The Urban Miami. This event is for students ages 16-25.

This year's categories are Short Film, Short Web, or Documentary, each no longer than 20 minutes.

File Formats: MP4, AVI or Quicktime.
HD Resolution: 1280x720 (720p, 16:9 aspect ratio), or 1920x1080 (1080p, 16x9 aspect ratio).


The deadline for receiving entries is October 18 , 2020 at 11:59pm.

By submitting your entry, the applicant

(a) certifies that the exhibition of the submitted entry will in no way violate any copyright laws or any other rights of any person, film, or corporation and
(b) accepts all responsibility relating to – and indemnifies and holds harmless Elijah Wells Films, and all other sponsors and their representatives from – any and all disputes and liabilities arising from any such claims by a third party.

In addition to agreeing that the material is clear of all copyright concerns, you are granting iGEN FILM FESTIVAL the rights to show your video or images from your video, in part or in their entirety, during the iGEN FILM FESTIVAL and for use in promotional materials related to the contest in print, electronic, or digital form at any time, before, during and after the contest.

Unless you specifically direct Elijah Wells Films not to do so, by entering your work in the contest you are granting permission for your video to be included as part of a compilation video showcasing contest entries.. If you do not wish your entry to be included in the compilation video, you must provide a written affidavit with your video entry upon submission.

Applicants who do not follow these rules and regulations will have their entry returned and be disqualified from the competition.
The laws, rules, regulations, award amounts, amount of awardees, eligibility criteria, funding per program, etc. are subject to change at any point prior to, during or after application through the iGEN FILM FESTIVAL Short Film Competition.

Overall Rating
  • I really appreciate the attention the IGen pays to documentary films. This segment is often slept on and IGenFF selected some truly great pieces.

    November 2019