Do It Your Damn Self (DIYDS) National Youth Film Festival is the longest running youth-produced festival in the country, drawing over 800 youth and adults to public screenings every year.

Founded in 1996 by six Cambridge teens who felt misrepresented in the media and wanted to do something about it, the festival is a champion of social justice in focus youth filmmakers who want to see change and make it happen.

DIYDS!! is a product of the Community Art Center’s Teen Media Program. The Teen Media Program youth understood that, “if you want something done, you gotta do it your damn self.”

Festival Information:

After-School Screening
Venue: Hibernian Hall
Date: March 19th, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

School Day Screening
Venue: The Institute of Contemporary Art
Date: March 20th, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Premiere Screening
Venue: MIT Media Lab
Date: March 21st, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 11 PM

Looking for, but not limited to, entries in the following categories:

• Social Justice (politics, diversity, activism, LGBTQ+, gender and race equity, etc.)
• Youth Perspectives (leadership, teen violence, relationships, family, education, etc.)
• Experimental Films that are abstract in nature but feature a perspective or voice not commonly heard from


• Films playtime under 13 minutes made by teens aged 13-19 (DIYDS!!) or Films made by or with children aged 6-12 (DIYDS!! Jr)
• The preferred format is an electronic submission uploaded as a high definition video on Vimeo or Dropbox with downloadable links
• A maximum of 5 videos may be submitted by any one organization or program; only one film per group can be selected.
• Filmmakers must live in the US

Preference may be given to:

• Groups or filmmakers that can attend the film festival (March 19-21, 2020 in Boston & Cambridge, MA)
• Groups or filmmakers that have not been featured at DIYDS!! before
• Groups or filmmakers from low-income backgrounds or minority groups (youth of color, LBGTQ, disabled, etc.)

We provide financial aid for any filmmakers that can attend the film festival if their film makes it to our top 10 picks. If you have any question or concerns please feel free to email our team at or visit us

Community Art Center
119 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA 02139