The Josiah Media Festival is URBAN-15’s annual, worldwide youth-film festival!

This film festival is exclusively for filmmakers age 21 and younger! However, filmmakers over 21 years old can still enter any film that they made when they were 21 or under going back two years (2016). Filmmakers interested in submitting their work should be born on or after June 1st, 1997 unless they are entering a film made while they were 21 or younger.

It is completely FREE to submit your short film and filmmakers can enter as many films as they choose! Films must be no longer than 20 minutes total-running-time.

With $1850 in prizes awarded to winning filmmakers, excellent international participation, and no entry fees, you have nothing to lose by entering your film!

PLEASE NOTE!:
Though we can accept your film(s) via FilmFreeway, we still require all filmmakers to complete our Entry & Release forms before we can accept your submission(s) - any films submitted without a completed entry AND release form will NOT be accepted into the competition! You can download these forms at our website, josiahmediafestival.com or via the following address:

https://urbanfifteen.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/jmf-2017-guidelines-entry-forms.pdf

Once you have completed these two forms, please email them to us at josiahfestival@urban15.org.

The Josiah Media Festival is named after Josiah Miles Neundorf, a talented filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas who passed away in 2006 as a result of osteosarcoma. Despite his short twenty years with us, Josiah expanded the lives of those around him through his brilliance, joy, and determination to create outstanding works in the midst of the physical ravages from this disease. In honor of this artist, his parents, Marcus and Nancy Neundorf, and the URBAN-15 Group created the Josiah Media Festival, an annual film festival designed to showcase outstanding works by young film, video, and media artists.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 filmmakers in each of the four film categories with an additional prize awarded to the "Best of Show" winner - 13 prizes total!

Prizes will be awarded in the form of gift cards to B&H Photo and Video. Using these cards, winners can order anything they choose from B&H's enormous variety of film, audio, lighting & storage equipment. We hope that through this purchase at B&H, making your next film will be a little bit easier!

First-place Winners - $250 B&H Gift Card
Second-place Winners - $100 B&H Gift Card
Third-place Winners - $50 B&H Gift Card
Best of Show Winner - An additional $250 B&H Gift Card ($500 total!)

The Josiah Media Festival is open to filmmakers 21 years old or younger around the world! Filmmakers must have been born on or after June 1, 1997 or must have been 21 years old or younger at the time the submitted film was made.

All key contributors on the submitted film - director, writer, editor, director of photography - must have been 21 years old or younger at the time the submitted film was made (this does not include actors, producers, or any other crew members not listed above).

Films must not exceed 20 minutes total-run-time (TRT includes all credit sequences within the film).

All films that are not in English must be subtitled or dubbed in English or they will not be accepted into the competition.

All music and other copyright material within the submitted film must be used with permission of the composers and/or copyright holders.

All films entered must use a Stereo audio mix/format - no 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound mixes allowed.

All films submitted must have been completed within two years of the June 1, 2018 submission deadline.

All film submissions MUST be accompanied with a completed Entry Form AND a signed Filmmaker’s Release Form. These forms can be filled in digitally, but please include your real signature! Or, if you prefer, you can print, fill out, and scan the forms as well.

Entry and release forms should be completed in full and emailed as PDFs to josiahfestival@urban15.org. You can also mail your forms to Josiah Media Festival, 2500 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210.

Please write LEGIBLY and fill in ALL applicable areas of the Entry Form and the Filmmaker’s Release Form; all requested information is necessary for submission and must be provided.

Primary festival correspondence will be exchanged through the email address provided in the Entry Form. Each filmmaker MUST provide their own current email address and check regularly for festival updates and awards announcements. Faculty/Mentor email is not solely sufficient; please note that filmmakers may not be eligible for prizes if they do not provide their own email address.

All LOCAL (San Antonio-based) filmmakers MUST be in attendance at the Josiah Media Festival Awards Ceremony in order to receive their awards and prizes. Awards and prizes will not be mailed or delivered to LOCAL filmmakers. LOCAL filmmakers understand that they forfeit their award and prize(s) if they are not in attendance at the awards ceremony.

All winning-filmmakers outside of San Antonio, Texas are greatly encouraged to accept their awards and prizes via Skype. Awards and prizes will be mailed out to all non-local filmmakers immediately following the Awards Ceremony. Filmmakers MUST email josiahfestival@urban15.org if they are unable to attend the ceremony or if they would like to Skype to accept their award.

The URBAN-15 Group reserves the right to withhold or retract any cash prizes awarded.

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  • Guillermina Zabala

    Well organized festival. Amazing films. Very inspiring for youth filmmakers.

    December 2017
  • Vincenzo Imbimbo

    Excelent Film Festival! Thanks for the prize!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Vincenzo! It was our pleasure to screen your film and you both deserved and earned your prize :-) Best of luck to you in the future.

  • Dafne De Vinatea

    These guys were amazingly nice to me. I wish I could've phisically attended the festival :(

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot, Dafne! It was our pleasure to screen your film and it is our hope that someday we will be able to fly every filmmaker that we feature in to attend our festival, in-person :-)

  • Ash Sumpter

    I've been through already a few festivals, but this one was the best I have experienced so far.. honestly. Here are some reasons why: from the time when my short film "The Trees Will Remember" has been accepted festival immediately contacted me and started to take care of me and my film. They gave me all the information before I've asked, they were very willing to asnwer all my addition questions and very welcoming. Since my film won the 1st price in Narrative category, they were interesting in doing with my live interview via Skype for Award ceremony since I'm from Europe and there wasn't a chance to attend. Everything went very smoothly, they took a good care of all (like doing video tests before..). I felt very friendly atmosfere, hospitality and supporting in all specs from their side. I can't be more proud to be a part of this festival and I hope that I will have a chance to submit again. Awesome experience for me as a young filmmaker, I'm recommending to all of you to submit. Great job, guys, this is how great festival should act and look like. Keep up the good work.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback, Ash! It was really great to screen and award your film and it was very cool to Skype with you during the awards ceremony :-) Good luck with your next film and we hope to hear from you again when our 2018 call for entries begins next year!

  • Had an amazing time! I have been to film festivals before but this was my first time as a filmmaker featured in a festival. I brought my mom and she was in awe with what all went on. Not just films shown but workshops done as well. I did not get to stay too long but I wish I could have! Hope to go again.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Justin! It was a pleasure to screen your film and we were glad that you and your mom could attend the festival! The workshops were a great success for us and the presenters and we were very happy that so many filmmakers and their families were able to attend and enjoy them :-) The San Antonio Film Commission was one of the sponsors that made the workshops possible, so if you enjoyed them, please let our local film commission know! Hope to see you again at next year's Josiah Media Festival