This festival creates opportunities for young filmmakers and dancers. Submissions are open to middle & high school youth as well as college students up to 23 years of age.

Each category within the festival will host a juried competition for "Best of...".

Additionally, an executive committee will award a "Best of Show" award annually to recognize a work with high artistic and informational value. Additional awards may be given within each category at the judgment of the jury (i.e. best cinematographer, editing, sound, etc.).

Filmmakers who have their films selected for the festival will receive an admissions package to the festival.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Filmmakers and artist must be authorized to submit their films to Rethink Dance YOUTH Film Festival, and have appropriate permissions and clearances for their films or art pieces.

Once selected as a part of the official festival, a film may not pull out of the festival or withdraw its submission