12th Annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

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Submissions now OPEN for 2017!


The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for our 12th Annual festival scheduled for July 8th & 9th, 2017.

You MUST be between the ages of 12-19 to submit a film. Please include proof of age w/ submission or your film will not be considered.


We accept any film in any genre between 1 - 30 minutes in length. Categories listed on the right. Prizes include trophies, Amazon gift cards and for the overall winner a FREE SCHOLARSHIP to the Relativity School of Media and Fine Arts 3 Week Summer intensive filmmaking program (Value over $3,000)



Congratulations! Out of over 400 eligible films from across the world we have selected 38 to screen and 10 for Honorable Mention. Here is a complete list of winning films.

Best of Festival - "Salad" - Ethan Hoffman-Sadka - NYC

Best Live Action - "Salad" - Ethan Hoffman-Sadka - NYC

 Best Documentary - "Fragile" - Nilo Batke - San Francisco, CA.

Best Animation - "Desordre" - Johanna Rousseau - Paris, France.

Best Music Video / Exp. - "Astro, Naut" - Katie Speare & Sacha Lin - Los Angeles, CA.

Sustainability Award - "Full Circle" - Tiffany Lin - Oakland, CA.

2nd Place - Live Action - "Ellie" - Morgana MzKenzie - Ontario, Canada.

2nd Place - Documentary - "The Story of Three Rings: A Memorir of Dana Schwartz - Dora Schoenberg, Elly Hong, Felix Audelo-Ruiz & Carolina Martinez - Los Angeles, CA.

Audience Choice Award Screening 1 - "Shia LaBeouf: A Musical Epic - Dylan DeVol - Los Angeles, CA.

Audience Choice Award Screening 2 - "Street Performers on the 3rd Street Promenade" - Tessa Smigla, Rose Morris, Becca Whitaker, Anna Cooper, Kira Prudente & Chloe Smigla - Santa Monica, CA.

Santa Monica Budding Filmmaker Award - "Street Performers on the 3rd Street Promenade" - Tessa Smigla, Rose Morris, Becca Whitaker, Anna Cooper, Kira Prudente & Chloe Smigla - Santa Monica, CA. 

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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!



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 2017 camps begin in July! 



Here is a complete list of winners of our 10th Annual International Teen Film Festival

BEST OF FESTIVAL - "The Rhythm of Healing" by, Imani Cook-Gist

BEST LIVE ACTION FILM - "Below the Surface" by, Nemma Sedeghi & Rona Ahdout

2nd Place BEST LIVE ACTION - "Over the Mountain By the Sea" by, Alex Herz

BEST DOCUMENTARY - "The Rhythm of Healing" by, Imani Cook-Gist

2nd Place BEST DOCUMENTARY - "Searching for Green" by, Max Kessler

BEST ANIMATION - "Tick Tock" by, Tiffany Shin

BEST MUSIC VIDEO / EXPERIMENTAL - "We All Go The Same" by, Morgana McKenzie

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD - "Searching for Green" by, Max Kessler

SANTA MONICA BUDDING FILMMAKER - "Bee Eff Eff's" by, Tiana Marsh 

AUDIENCE CHOICE - Screening #1 - "In Due Time" by, Dylan DeVol

AUDIENCE CHOICE - Screening #2 - "S-Halls" by, Hunter Aarnioski & Matthew Gibson


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

Saturday July 9th, 2016: Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads High School. 3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA. 90404 - 7PM-9PM
(age 13 & up)

Sunday July 10th, 2016: Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at Main Public Library - 601 Santa Monica BLVD. Santa Monica 90403. 2PM-4PM
(all ages)

Admission to SCREENINGS is FREE! RSVP with Name, #of seats, Date & Phone to MilesPlayhouse@SMGov.Net

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

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