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14th Annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

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Festival Dates: 

Screening 1: Saturday, June 22nd 

Screening 2: Sunday, June 23rd 

Award Ceremony will be held immediately following Screening 2 



The city of Santa Monica and Studio Enterprise have partnered to present the 14th annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival June 22-23, 2019. Entering its fourteenth year, the festival showcases the creative talents of teen filmmakers and encourages youth to use filmmaking as a form of expression and commentary on the world in which they live.


Open to filmmakers ages 13-18 only, the festival takes submissions from teens worldwide; entries in the past were from the U.S., Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, France, Germany, Peru and New Zealand among others. Films in the festival range in length from 60 seconds to 15 minutes and cover a wide range of genres including Live Action, Documentary, and Animation. Submissions will be accepted until March 11, 2019 and filmmakers will be notified of acceptance on May 3, 2019. Submissions can be made online here:


Although the festival is open to films by teens from around the globe, the public screenings take place in Santa Monica. Entrants do not need to be present at screenings to win an award.


Awards and Prizes

Studio School will award a college-bound teen who wins Best Overall Film a $40,000 tuition scholarship for students enrolling in the Studio School BFA Film & Digital Content Program. The festival also gives the Santa Monica Next Gen Filmmaker Award to the best local submission.



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BEST OF FESTIVAL - “Heaven & Earth”  - Directed by, Jonas Leonard Steinacker - Germany

BEST LIVE ACTION - “CYCLE” - Directed by, Caleb Wild - Florida

2nd PLACE LIVE ACTION - “Pupils” - Nick Ward - Australia

BEST DOCUMENTARY - “Running For Her Life" - Directed by, Kinley McCaffrey -Los Angeles

BEST ANIMATION - "Heaven & Earth" - Directed by, Jonas Leonard Steinacker - Germany

2nd Place ANIMATION - "Chop Chop" - Directed by, Tay Yi Chong (Singapore)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO / EXPERIMENTAL - “Elsewhere" - Directed by, Harrison Milton - Los Angeles

2nd Place MUSIC VIDEO / EXPERIMENTAL - “FUNK” - Directed by, Hudson Klass - Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA BUDDING FILMMAKER - "FUNK"  - Directed by, Hudson Klass - Santa Monica

ADIENCE CHOICE SCREENING 1 - “Recycle" - Directed by, Sean Temple, Jesse Finney, Paul Levine - Santa Monica

AUDIENCE CHOICE SCREENING 2 - "The Fixer" - Directed by, Spencer Karber, Rose Morris, Tessa Smigla, Rebecca Whitaker



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 ecouraging us to do paperless submissions and have a GREEN Film Festival!


Studio School

Studio School of Film, Media and Performing Arts is the only school of its kind created with a motion picture studio. 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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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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