10th Annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

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Thank you to the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability & The Environment for sponsoring our WithoutaBox account allowing us to do paperless submissions and have a GREEN Film Festival!



The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is open to all Filmmakers 12-18 years old. We accept any film in any genre from 60 seconds to 30 minutes in length. As always it is absolutely FREE to submit your film and FREE to attend the festival screenings. Prizes include the public screening, gift certificates, trophies, meetings with industry professionals and this year, thanks to our Sponsor, we are offering a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to the Relativity School of Film, Media and Performing Arts 3 week Summer Intensive in Los Angeles to the overall Festival winner.

Submissions season is now open and we will be accepting entires until March 6th, 2015.

Selected Filmmakers will be notifed by April 13th, 2015. Multiple submissions are allowed!

To submit a film you must use WITHOUT A BOX. (A FREE service - Link Below)

  • Visit www.withoutabox.com/login/6028, create a free account, upload your film and apply online (PREFERRED).
  • You must have a Without A Box account but it is FREE - just fill out the registration form and you're in!
  • OR Download an entry form, read the guidelines, and print/submit by mail or in person.
  • It's that EASY!
  • For more information about the festival or about submissions, please e-mail Festival Director Justin Yoffe at  MilesPlayhouse@SMGov.Net.

The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is an interdepartmental initiative between the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, the Santa Monica Public Library, the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center, Office of Sustainability & Environment and City TV. Its purpose is to showcase and provide an outlet for the creative talents of teen filmmakers, as well as encourage youth to use the art of filmmaking as a form of creative expression and commentary on the world in which they live. Although the festival is open to films by teens from around the globe, the public screenings take place in Santa Monica. You do not need to be present at screenings to win an award.

Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is excited to continue its relationship with Relativity School of Film, Media & Performing Arts, who is offering a full scholarship to the winner of the festival to their 3 week Summer filmmaking intensive in Los Angeles. 


Relativity School of Film, Media and Performing Arts is the only school of its kind created with a motion picture studio. Relativity Media has produced such films as Safe Haven, Mirror Mirror, Immortals, Act of Valor and many others. In addition to teaching the skills needed to be a successful filmmaker, Relativity School trains students to embrace the possibilities of the digital world by building out their online "distribution" channels in an organized and effective way. The school's programs are built around the idea that storytelling is fun and collaborative. Summer 2015 camps begin July 15! 



Here is a complete list of winners of our 9th Annual International Teen Film Festival

BEST OF FESTIVAL - "The Talk" by, Hadley Hillel - Washingon

BEST LIVE ACTION FILM - "The Talk" by, Hadley Hillel - Washington

2nd Place BEST LIVE ACTION - "Punch" by, Kendra McCulty, Kyle Plunkett, Niamh Brennan & Rachel Carvill - United Kingdom / Cinemagic Youth Program

BEST DOCUMENTARY - "Freedom From Fear" by, Alana Feldman - Santa Monica

BEST ANIMATION - "Screenwriters Block" by, James Tralie - Pennsylvania

2nd Place BEST ANIMATION - "Feed the Mind" by, Tiana Marsh - Santa Monica

BEST MUSIC VIDEO / EXPERIMENTAL - "Left on the Tracks" by, Kris Theorin - Penn.

BEST ECO-FILM - "Plan It for the Planet" by, Emily Eldridge Hall - Washington D.C.

SANTA MONICA BUDDING FILMMAKER - "Freedom From Fear" by, Alana Feldman 

AUDIENCE CHOICE - Screening #1 - "Hope For Our Own" by, Riley Beres & Jimmy Deshler - Los Angeles

AUDIENCE CHOICE - Screening #2 - "Diminishing Returns" by, Christian Rolsales, Charlie Greco, Sam Chester & Hana Kraus - Santa Monica

AUDIENCE CHOICE - Screening #3 - "Lea's Family" by, Freddy MacDonald - Santa Monica

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This Year's Screenings

Past  Winners  


Prizes include a public screening, gift certificates & trophies. Best Local Film will win the coveted "Santa Monica Budding Filmmaker Award". Best overall film will receive a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to the Relativity Workshops. A 3 week filmmaking intensive in Los Angeles provided by the Relativity School of Film, Media and the Performing Arts. (Value $3,500!)


  • Best of Festival
  • Best Live Action
  • Best Experimental / Music Video
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Animation
  • Santa Monica Budding Filmmaker (for most promising filmmaker going to school or residing in Santa Monica)
  • Eco Film Award (for a film that best represents the spirit of Environmentalism)
  • Audience Choice Award, each screening

Click on the map below to get directions to screening locations

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