We are very proud to offer a youth component to the NIFF for youth 19 years or younger. The youth festival will be included in the Newark International Film Festival body but will be governed by a separate group, to ensure that the youth are treated fairly and have the same opportunities available to the professional filmmakers in the Newark IFF. We accept works from filmmakers aged 19 or younger for the Youth Festival component. Youth filmmakers may submit both to the Youth Festival and to the main Newark International Film Festival competition.

Submissions must be made by filmmakers 19 years old or younger at the time of the creation of the film, series or screenplay and created in 2015 or later. Submissions may include but are not limited to:

--narrative films
--series episodes
--music videos

Teachers submitting student work are expected to follow their District's guidelines and rules for legal releases and subject matter related to minors.

Overall Rating
  • Dasani Nunez

    I have followed Newark International Film Festival since it began 5 years ago. Every year I look forward to this festival.
    I’ve met countless of amazing people. From local starts to big screen stars. Actors, Singer, Models and
    Sad that this year had to be virtual but it was still entertaining.
    I give Newark International Film Festival two big thumbs up!

    September 2020
  • Maddie O'Connell

    The festival was good but they were not great at communicating with me about the questions that I had.

    September 2020
  • Roxana Baloiu

    Great festival! Happy that our film, Mancacioasa, was screened at the festival! Hope to make in person next time!

    September 2020
  • Chase Bolnick

    Newark IFF Youth Festival was online due to Covid. They did a nice job. Hope to attend in person next time around.

    September 2020
  • Great festival! honoured that our films created by children and youth from India, screened at Newark IFF 2020

    September 2020