Sheila Malkind is the Founder and Executive Director of the Legacy Film Festival on Aging. Our mission: To present a film festival to inspire, educate, and entertain intergenerational audiences about the issues of Aging.

The 2nd Virtual, 11th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging will be presented Friday, Jan 6 - Sunday, Jan 15, 2023.

The festival celebrates the aging process as profound and meaningful, often challenging, and always courageous. We seek submissions from filmmakers that portray the full range of later life in all its humanity, complexities, challenges, richness.
Every day in America, 10,000 men and women are turning 65. There are similar statistics world-wide. AGING IS ‘IN’, we say. No longer unacceptable are the words such as ‘seniors’, elders’, or ‘older adults’. What’s wrong with ‘old’ and ‘elderly?’ Our filmmakers have portrayed this unique, ever-changing experience honestly and artfully, and always with compassion and love for their subjects.

Moviegoers’ written evaluations of our festivals are overwhelmingly positive:

“The films are impactful. They are soul- stirring, and so intensely poignant and beautiful.”

“Eye-opening, Exquisite.” “The world needs this; A privilege to watch.” “Changed my life.”

Please see our website for more information:


All filmmakers whose films have been accepted and screened at the 10th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging will receive a laurel logo.

All screened films will be eligible for a $100 award in the following three categories:
* Best Short
* Best Narrative
* Best Documentary


. We require that all English-speaking films have closed captions.

• Film must portray people 55+ years of age and older.

• Intergenerational stories with one key subject 55 + years are welcomed.

• Both foreign and American short and feature-length narrative, documentary, experimental and animation films are welcome.

• Films should dispel stereotypes about aging and older adults, and educate viewers
about aging in an entertaining and compelling manner.

• All foreign language films must have English subtitles, including their songs, that are clearly and boldly differentiated from the background.
• All English- language films require closed captions.


File size: 1920 x 1080p H.264 @ 10 Mbps

Recommended size is under 10 GB (a 90 minute film is approximately 5GB)

File type: .mp4 and/or .mov

DCPs and ProRes files are not accepted

Audio Channels: Stereo AAC

5.1 surround is not accepted. Learn more about audio specs here.

Please provide closed captions: .SRT and/or .VTT files

For trailers please provide link to video on YouTube or Vimeo. Trailer should include Closed Captioning. Otherwise please provide a trailer file and accompanying SRT or VTT file for closed captioning. Video should be compliant with the YouTube specs here:

Note: We won't be able to accept any downloading DCP file from link.
• All entries will be notified before or by September 1, 2022.

• If chosen, final film must be sent by October 1.

• Final film format: See specs above under "SUBMISSION FORMATS ACCEPTED".

• Films may be eligible for future Legacy Film Series and distribution: see


- JPGS will be requested for reproduction on website and in program book. Resolution requirements: for website resolution, 72ppi; for print, program and flyers 300ppi.

- Trailers will be required as well (See note above in SUBMISSION FORMATS ACCEPTED).

Every care will be taken to safeguard films and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the Festival. However, if loss or damage occurs, the Festival cannot accept or assume responsibility.

- If student, please send proof of student i.d.

We look forward to seeing your films, and thank you for submitting to the Legacy Film Festival on Aging.

If you have any questions, you can email us at:

Overall Rating
  • Steven Kovacs

    It was an honor to have my film HIGH AS A KITE included in the festival.
    I enjoyed the wide variety of films, particularly TRADITION, about the making of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. An excellent film.
    This festival fills a very important function. I was happy that it was extended a week.

    Steve Kovacs

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    So glad. Thank you. What else do you have for us?
    Sheila Malkind,
    Founder & Executive Director
    Legacy Film Festival on Aging