Show your talent and enhance your film portfolio in Southern California’s leading festival for high school students.

The Annual TVT Southern California High School Film Festival aims to provide a platform for young filmmakers to showcase their work, receive feedback and inspire others. The Advanced Institute of Art and Writing at TarbutV'Torah (TVT) in Irvine is putting on this festival as a way of bringing together the many excellent high school film programs in the area. The TVT Southern California High School Film Festival strives to provide a larger audience, more immediate feedback, and a culture of creativity in the Orange County area for devoted young artists.

We are honored to have Javier Reyna as our featured judge for this year’s festival. Reyna’s films include: Legwork, and Junk Drawer, and his most recent award winning film Regionrat. Reyna directed and adapted the script from the Richard Laskowski book of the same name. Regionrat recently won awards at: The Chandler International Film Festival, Barcelona Planet, Festigioius International Film Festival, and London Independent Awards. These awards include Best Picture and Best Actor.
Reyna isn’t just a filmmaker but a mentor as well. While living in Indianapolis he created the Digital Film Project, an organization that produced short films with aspiring filmmakers. This project gave young creators hands-on experience and supervision by industry professionals during the making of their films. Reyna has also recently created a podcast entitled The Grimster available on iTunes. In it he describes his personal experiences during the development of film projects. He says it’s a “how-not-to-make-a-film kind of podcast.” Reyna is currently developing his next feature, The Room Above. Inspired by the novel Therese Raquin by French writer Emile Zola.
Tickets for the Los Angeles Premiere of Regionrat in early March are available here:
Link to official website for Regionrat:
Link to Grimster Pictures:

The TVT Film Festival is an outgrowth of a film program that got its start 13 years ago under the inspired direction of Kim Hays, Film Studies, Digital Media, and Technology Teacher. Tarbut V'Torah has put on a festival every year featuring the films made by the students in both the film program and the Jewish Studies program. As the popularity, intensity, and seriousness of the films and those who participated in the making of these films grew so has the scope of the festival. This is the fourth year it has been open to the community at large.

Gift cards to B&H Photo:
1st Place • $500
2nd Place • $300
3rd Place • $200

This festival is intended to showcase High School student work. Films must be created by amateur students in association with a film class or on their own. The film must be made while the student currently attends high school or made during the time the film maker was in High School. 1-25 minute original content entries only, all genres welcome PG-13 rating or lower. Film maker or makers must be present or have a representative present at the screening in order to receive their prize. Submission fee is FREE!

Overall Rating
  • Austin Coombs-Perez

    This festival was a lot of fun! The event was outdoors with a theatre sized screen, and a professional projector. The image was great. Before it was dark enough to screen films, the school music program performed and that was cool. The tickets are $10 at the door but every film gets 4 free tickets. The director of every film receives an awesome trophy, and they gave out $1k in B&H gift cards!

    May 2018
  • Brandon Layman

    Such a fun festival!! Awesome venue and the people are great!

    May 2018
  • MilkMoostacheMovies .

    I wasn't able to attend the festival, but for the opportunity this festival gave me and other young filmmakers to get their work seen and featured, I am so extremely thankful. I think its super cool that these folks put on this fest for youth filmmakers and hopefully I'll be able to attend next year

    April 2017
  • Jack Andreas

    Great festival! Awesome venue and very nice people!

    February 2017
  • Koby Park

    Loved it! Thanks for the BandH gift card!

    September 2016