The 4th Annual NYC DOE/MOME Public School Film Festival (NYCPSFF) is open to all NYC Department of Education middle and high school students. A panel of educators and media professionals will select approximately 20 films for recognition. Each film selected will receive a certificate of official selection.

The filmmakers will be invited to special screening days May 20 & 21, 2022*, followed by panel discussion with industry professionals.

Submissions will be accepted between Dec 7 and Mar 25, 2022. Films will be selected and notification given by early May 2022.

*Dates subject to change and will be confirmed in early 2022.

Please review Rules carefully. Failure to comply will result in film disqualification.

Films must be 5 minutes or less in any of these categories:
Short Feature/Narrative
Public Service Announcement (P.S.A.)/Advocacy


Films will be accepted starting Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022.
Notice of selected films will be made by email in May 2022.
Selected films will be listed on the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s webpage ( by June 30, 2022.


Filmmakers must comply with all rules as follows:

1- Filmmakers must be presently enrolled in a New York City public school.
2- Student filmmakers must play the major creative role on the production of the submitted films—as directors, writers, and/or editors.
3- Films must be 5 minutes or less and in .mp4 or .mov format.
4- Films must have been completed after March 17, 2021 and have not been previously submitted to the NYC Public School Film Festival.
5- All scripts and stories must be original work made by the student. (See below for music.)
6- If music is used, the filmmaker must submit a completed Music Use Form. All music must be either composed by the filmmaker or from an NYCPSFF-approved source, listed on this website ( Filmmakers must follow rules about using another person’s music (for example, listing the composer’s name properly in the credits).
7- Films may not contain nudity, profanity/swear words, or violence.
8- Films may not promote or advertise any commercial product or service.
9- Non-English language films must have English subtitles at the time of submission.
10- Filmmakers must inform their NYCDOE teacher or administrator and include that teacher/administrator’s name on their NYC Public School Film Festival application.
11- Filmmakers under the age of 18 must have an adult submit an NYC Public School Film Festival application.
12- Filmmakers must submit a filmmaker release form and on-camera release forms for all persons appearing in their film. The filmmaker release forms and the on-camera release forms must be completed by a parent/guardian if the person is under 18 (
13- Employees of the City of New York as well as any sponsor or judge of the NYCPSFF are not eligible to enter.


Entries must include all of the following:

1- Completed NYC Public School Film Festival application
2- The film (submit to
3- Completed Filmmaker Release Form ( for the filmmaker
4- A parent/guardian must complete the form if the student is under 18
5- Completed On-Camera Release Form for all persons appearing in the film
6- If a person appearing in the film is under 18, their parent/guardian must complete the form.
7- Completed music list (if music is used in the film)
8- If the teacher is submitting on behalf of a student under age 18, the teacher must certify that all persons participating in the film submitted a Release and Consent Form or an On-Camera Release Form, as applicable.


There is no entry fee.


An entry may be disqualified if the student:
1- Broke a festival rule;
2- Failed to submit all entry materials by the deadline; or
3- Submitted incomplete or incorrect information.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Bridenstine

    A great Festival that is still young, but getting better every year. As a parent, educator and storyteller myself, I know firsthand the potential this Film Festival has to establish itself as a premiere destination for top-notch up and coming young filmmakers. Proud to play a very small part in it!

    May 2021