John Wayne Film Festival Youth Film Contest Rules 2015

The John Wayne Film Festival (JWFF) will be in Dallas, Texas on September 24-27, 2015. JWFF will be located at Highland Park Village and Look Cinemas. The JWFF includes screenings of multiple John Wayne movies, a Youth Film Contest, an art walk and many other activities.

One of the key goals of the JWFF event is to grow the John Wayne legacy by introducing the next generation of film makers to John Wayne. John Wayne is America’s favorite movie star of all time so it is natural to include a John Wayne themed youth film contest to grow the legacy.

An example of John Wayne’s popularity is that he was voted #2 on the Harris Poll for America’s favorite actor in 2014 and he is the only actor to appear on the poll since it started, for 20 consecutive years. To read a recent article about John Wayne’s popularity please visit:

Youth Film Contest Description:
• Make a short film about contemporary life that is inspired by a specific John Wayne movie character or character trait
• Duration of the short film must be 5 minutes or less. This is a strict requirement and films that are longer than 5 minutes will not be considered

The JWFF review panel will select one winner of the JWFF Youth Film Contest for the category Best Short Film.

Best Short Film Winner Prizes:
The winner of the best short film category will be awarded the following prizes:
• $2,500 cash grant for winning student film maker
• Award presentation to winning student at John Wayne Film Festival (JWFF) in September 2015
• John Wayne Cancer Foundation will promote winning student and their film on social media
• One custom JWCF Schwinn Bike

Eligibility: Contest open to High School Film Students, specifically students who are enrolled in the 2014/2015 school year.

Entry Fee: $35.

The winning contestant is required to provide their film on a Blue Ray disc that is compatible with the Highland Park Village Theater in order to screen the film at JWFF.

Film Submission due date: Friday July 31, 2015
Winning student will be notified: Friday August 28, 2015
Winning film due in Blu-ray file format (in order to be viewed at Highland Park Village): Friday September 11, 2015
Screening of winning film at JWFF at Highland Park Village: Friday September 25, 2015

In order for your video to be considered, you must carefully read and agree to the terms of the Release and License for Video By and/or Including Minors, which will be sent to you via email after we receive your registration. We encourage you to consult with a lawyer concerning its meaning and effect. All entrants must sign and return, either via mail or email via scanned attachment, the Release and License for Video By and/or Including Minors in the form provided by JWCF or be eliminated from consideration in the JWFF Contest and declared ineligible to win any prize. The Release will include, among other things, a statement that the video was the exclusive property of the entrant(s) at the time they were submitted.
Releases must be obtained from all identifiable persons depicted, seen or heard in the videos, as well as the person(s) who recorded (created) the video. A parent or legal guardian must sign the Release forms for minors (aged 17 or under).

Following moderation, you understand that submitted videos will be publicly visible on social media sites, including but not limited to, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, as well as

Participants shall submit no more than one (1) video.

Participants should not use copyrighted music. Participants should use only products/music that is in the public domain. Participants also must have talent releases for all people involved in the film/video.

By registering you hereby acknowledge that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions of the contest.

About John Wayne Cancer Foundation
John Wayne beat lung cancer in 1964. He died 15 years later after a struggle with cancer of the stomach. During this difficult period, he became passionate about helping others fight this terrible disease. To honor his memory, his family created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) with the mission to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. JWCF funds novel and innovative programs that improve cancer patients’ outcomes and save lives through research, education, awareness and support. JWCF established the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA and their research has led to groundbreaking procedures and treatments. JWCF also funds an innovative skin cancer awareness and prevention program for youth called Block the Blaze.

For more information about John Wayne Film Festival and John Wayne Cancer Foundation please visit or call 949-631-8400.