The Art Effect's annual PKX Art & Film Festival (fka Reel Exposure) in Poughkeepsie, NY is open for submissions! This year’s festival features youth-produced short films – narrative, animation, experimental and documentary – created by talented young artists from across the world. The annual PKX Festival, hosted by The Art Effect, plays a pivotal role in advancing the development of the Youth Arts Empowerment Zone (YAEZ) centered in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery.

The YAEZ is a long-term initiative that fosters youth-driven place-keeping through artistic expression, empowering the existing community within this space. This three-day festival features music, public art installations, family-oriented activities, film showcase, teen art exhibition, and more! The PKX Festival is a platform for youth artistry, embracing both emerging and accomplished young artists. Carefully curated films take the spotlight in a compelling showcase, while selected 2-D and 3-D artworks grace the walls of The Trolley Barn Gallery. (If you have 2-D or 3-D work that you would like to submit, click this link )

The success of The PKX Festival is the culmination of the dedicated efforts of The Art Effect’s workforce programs, which include YAEZ Liaisons, the Trolley Barn Curatorial Team, MADLab, and Spark Studios. These programs work to oversee the range of festival elements, ranging from reviewing art submissions and the conceptualization of themes, to the precise curation of the exhibition, the crafting of promotional content, the selection of performers, the coordination of community activities, and the creation of striking public artworks.

This year's festival will take place in person on April 18 - 20, 2024, but will still allow international attendees to join us for the festival online with a virtual gallery and an online screening of the film showcase. The PKX Festival is a symbol of community, unity, while celebrating the creativity and talent residing in Poughkeepsie, NY. It is This event is truly created by youth, FOR EVERYONE.

" A very big thank you for supporting young filmmakers. I’m truly honored with this special prize and it is already spent making my next short film!!"~ Ava Bounds, director of Players, 2021 Film Grand Prize Winner

Film Grand Prize, trophies for 1st Place Grand Prize, Second Place, and Third Place.
Audience Choice Awards will be announced in the week after the festival showcase and awards ceremony

Film Terms:
-Must be produced youth-produced (ages 13-19 at the time of production).
-Any Genre of short film Under 10 Minutes in Length.
-Must be appropriate for a teen (PG-13) audience.
-Must be produced within the previous 18 months to the submission deadline.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for selecting In The Trees for 2nd Place!
    I appreciate it and I am really glad that you liked my film.

    September 2018