The YellowHammer Film Festival is a free, enriching, and interactive experience for high school and college students. The fest will consist of workshops, a keynote speaker, a student film exhibition, and an awards ceremony.

Please do not enter the exhibition unless you are a high school or college student in the United States.

Awards will be given in the following categories for both HS and College Students:

Best of Show
Best Writing / Storytelling
Best Directing
Best Producing
Best Cinematography
Best Audio/Score
Best Acting
Best Editing
Best Animation
Best Visual Effects
and the YellowHammerAward - a $500 cash prize

And New This Year:
Best Movie Poster
(So make sure you upload your movie poster when you upload your film!)

The YHFF reserves the right to not award and/or change award names at its discretion.


You may only submit films uploaded to FilmFreeway, YouTube, or Vimeo. All films must be set to downloadable.

All film entries must have been created in the past 3 years - nothing prior to November 1, 2020.

The entrant must be either the writer, director, or producer of the production.

The film must have been created while you were in either high school or college - even if you are not there now.

All entries are completely free.

You do not have to attend the conference to enter the exhibition - although we'd love to have you do both.

All submissions are due by October 1st for judging purposes.

All entries must be less than 10 minutes long including credits.

All genres are allowed.

You must have the legal right or approval to enter this work.

Examples of productions you may consider entering are: Short Films, Commercials, Promos, Social Media Videos, Animations, Kinetic Type, Music Videos, etc. We are very liberal on acceptable medium.

At this time we are only accepting submissions from college and high school students studying in the United States.

YellowHammer Film Festival reserves the right of full discretion as it applies to the acceptance or rejection of any films based on content and messaging.

Overall Rating
  • Asher Anantham

    Thank you for choosing my film, "Vaping".

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Asher - We loved your doc, keep making!

  • Lev Ettinger

    Great film festival! Great insight from some talented people and real reviews from professionals in the industry. I highly recommend that high-school and college students apply. Honored that my film “1986” won an honorable mention!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Lev! Not only was 1986 awesome, but there was also another film, Monster Boars VIII, that some of our staff is dying to see the first seven of! Hilarious.

  • Very fun festival for college students! It was great they had an online screening as well for the one's that couldn't make it in person! Thank you for officially selecting my film, "Tail Lights!"

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Lauren! We loved your film, Tail Lights, if I remember correctly it was a one-shot film - so hard to do! Keep making films! We need more filmmakers like you who are willing to take risks and push the bounds!

  • Hosted by awesome people and really great communication all the way through!

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the review! Sorry our internet crapped out at the end! We look forward to having you back next time!

  • This was a great time. Usually I can't really rate or review the festivals I get accepted into because they're either hidden behind a pay wall or they're held in person in a place I'm not able to visit, so this was such a wonderful surprise in that not only was I able to attend virtually, but I got to have some interaction with the people running the whole thing as well. There were some things I'd personally change next time, with the presentations running a bit long, and some of the shorts on the livestream being a bit hurt by bad internet, but the host always handled things with grace and made sure that everyone got their chance to shine. Highly recommend submitting for anyone interested, as I didn't think I'd even get accepted and I ended up walking away with my first film festival award! Thanks everybody at YellowHammer and I can't wait to submit again next year!

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Mr. Tables you're welcome at any YellowHammer fest in the future as a special guest! Thank you for your honesty and glowing review. We appreciate your films, keep up the good work! Proud to say YellowHammer is your first win - there will be many more, I'm sure!