THIS IS A STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL. The Festival is open to students enrolled in grades 6-12 during the 2016-2017 school year and who attend a school in Southern California.

The Malibu Teen Film Festival is an outlet for young talented film makers to share their passion for film making with the Malibu community and network with other film makers including professionals.

The Malibu Teen Film Festival was created by the Malibu Youth Commission and supported by the Malibu City Council as a form of creative expression for students who make films. Selected entries will be exhibited on a large screen at the Malibu Civic Theater for a general audience.

An educational approach will be given to students (Frades 6-12) by providing an opportunity for them to attend film workshops on Saturdays, September 17, September 24 and October 1 in Malibu. Students will be able to learn about directing, cinematography, screen writing, editing and producing from professionals in the business. RSVP required by visiting the festival's website. Space is very limited.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall.

Official Selection will take place December 2016; all Official Selection films will be recognized.

The top three films will be selected January 4, 2017. If your film is selected you must be present at the screening January 13, 2017 to receive your prize.

*Please note for group submissions there will be one prize.

Content must be appropriate for all audiences of all ages.

All submissions must be accompanied by an official entry form at

Submissions open to students who are currently in grades 6-12 during the 2016-2017 school year and who attend a school in Southern California. Proof of student status may be required.

All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed.

Films may not be more than 10 minutes in length.

Filmmakers must reside in Southern California.

Filmmakers must be in Middle School or High School (Grades 6-12).

*Priority will be given to Filmmakers who are able to attend the Film Festival on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Overall Rating
  • Marian Rivera

    not a overall fair competition, but a great first time experience and it help me have hope in further festivals. Thank you

    February 2017
  • Malibu Teen Film Festival was a good experience for my students and their parents. We were the only purely animated film of the evening, program leaned more to documentaries. A number of them quite good. Not sure why we were picked? But glad we were. Three out of my six animators did manage to attend with their parents. I liked that the program was run by high school students. Event was too short, one night only. Could have used with some panels. But grateful for what they did manage to do.

    January 2017