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 (2018). Filmmakers interested in submitting their work should be born on or after June 1st, 1999 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 cash prizes awarded to first-place 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/2020/01/jmf-2020-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 first-place winners in each of the four film categories! Award certificates and letters will be awarded to the first, second and third-place winners in each of the four film categories with an additional prize awarded to the “Best of Show” winner!

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 will be asked to accept their awards and prizes via Skype or a pre-taped acceptance video. 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 your award. The URBAN-15 Group reserves the right to withhold or retract any cash prizes awarded.

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, 1999 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 (SRT files that have not been embedded are not acceptable).

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, 2020 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 or a pre-taped acceptance video. 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.

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  • Great communication from the committee, thorough programming. As a winner in the festival, my work felt very appreciated and cared for. Can't recommend enough!

    November 2019
  • Lauren Loesberg

    Amazing festival, very honored to have been a part of it! Cannot recommend highly enough.

    November 2019
  • The festival was awesome! Everything was perfect! Thank you so much for all festival crew...

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Mert,

    Thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure to screen and award your film! And thanks again for taking the time to Skype in to our awards ceremony, it was very much appreciated by our festival committee and audience.

  • This was my second year attending and first year screening. I recommend all film lovers in the area to attend this festival. The staff was so friendly and the screenings were excellent. Thank you to Urban-15 and Josiah Media Festival Staff for putting off a great festival!

    November 2018
  • Guillermina Zabala

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

    December 2017