YoungFilmmakers is a student based film festival that focuses on showing films by upcoming students in Middle, High School, and College.

Why YoungFilmmakers?

We screen in a REAL Theater: Anthology Film Archives in New York City
We screen on a REAL Screen (French Glass screen to be exact)
We screen DCPs from a REAL cinema projector
We screen MORE FILMS each year than any other film festival!

YoungFilmmakers is a sister festival of Year Round Bi-Coastal Film Festival NewFilmmakers. All films accepted and screened are ELIGIBLE for the NewFilmmakers AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS!

Check out for pictures from all of our ongoing screenings!

"Audience Choice award" granted on a quarterly basis.

NewFilmmakers New York (“AltFest” “YoungFilmmakers” henceforth “sections”) are hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless NewFilmmakers New York and its sections from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting your film to NewFilmmakers NY or its sections you commit to a possible public screening of your film with NewFilmmakers NY. Films submitted may be moved, at the programmer’s discretion, within sections

NewFilmmakers and its sections are not liable for the return of films which have been submitted for screening or adjudication.

NewFilmmakers and its sections do not pay screening fees.

NewFilmmakers and its sections reserve the right to cancel and/or change screening dates without prior contact.

All submission fees to the festival and/or sections are nonrefundable. Filmmaker understands that submitting to multiple sections does not improve their chances of screening.

By being accepted into the NewFilmmakers or one of the section programs you agree to send a Digital screener within the stipulated deadline or forfeit your screening date. NewFilmmakers and its sections are not responsible for rescheduling films which have been pulled from consideration by the submitting party or have not furnished an accompanying digital screener within reasonable time.

NewFilmmakers and its sections are not responsible for the costs of receiving or shipping DCPs and all DCPs must be accompanied by a digital screener.

Overall Rating
  • Luz Emma Canas

    The venue alone should be an impetus for any filmmaker to submit to YoungFilmmakers and Newfilmmakers Film Festivals. Anthology Film Archives is an iconic cultural institutions instrumental in the preservation and presentation of classic and emerging international cinema. Just to be screened in the same place that houses and shows so many films that have inspired our film journey was a blessing and an honor. I highly recommend this film festival. Everything from communication, to reception of Official Selection laurels to the screening were stellar. Thank you for including our short film, Stolen Moments in 2017.

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being a part of YoungFilmmakers!!

  • Wonderful learning and networking experience. Thrilled to have my film selected and screened. Communication is excellent especially the assistance and coordination on networking. Thanks for the opportunity.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Cheers! Networking is one of the most important parts of being a filmmaker.

  • Timothy Collins

    This is a quality festival that really cares about showcasing and encouraging young, up-and-coming filmmakers. We got to go to NYC and have our film screened at an awesome, landmark venue - Anthology Film Archives. We also got to participate in a live-streamed Q&A about our film. Overall it was a very positive experience. I would recommend for any young filmmakers or student filmmakers to submit to this festival!

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Timothy!

  • Kinovyr FFD

    We are thankful for festival to be selected for screening! Unfortunately we were not able to participate festival, but communication with team was very good. Wish this event to grow!!!

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We wish to grow as well :-)

  • If you want your film, whether made in school, college or out in the world, to appear the best way possible on the screen, this is the festival you want to be at! You get to screen your film on the big screen in the comfortable screening room of Anthology Film Archives, and get to connect with the other filmmakers, even industry professionals! This festival also isn't just yearly, it's weekly, with new films and premieres taking place each week during its Spring and Winter seasons. I highly recommend this festival for all these reasons.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Max!