3rd Annual New York City Public School Film Festival – Submissions From Jan 5 – March 16, 2021

The DOE is delighted to announce the 3rd Annual New York City Public School Film Festival presented by NYC DOE and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment! The Festival will open for submissions from NYC Dept. of Education students January 5 through March 16, 2021. Films will be selected for the Festival by a panel of educators and media professionals. Building on the immense success of last year’s virtual screening – including over 15,000 views of the 2020 selected student films, highlighted in the 2019-20 Annual Arts in Schools Report released yesterday – we are thrilled to screen the films virtually on May 6, 2021. And following the May 6thvirtual screening, student filmmakers will be invited to virtual discussions with industry professionals.

Submitted films must be 5 minutes or less, and in .mp4 or .mov format. Films must use only original or public domain music. No nudity, profanity or violent acts are permitted. Youth filmmakers must play the major creative role on the production of the submitted works — as directors, writers, and/or editors. Teacher directed, produced or generated works will not be considered. Submission categories are:

  • Animation
  • Short feature/narrative
  • Documentary
  • Experimental
  • P.S.A./Advocacy

Films will be selected and notification given by mid-April 2021. Online resources will be posted in the new year to support filmmakers with the technical and storytelling aspects. For full rules and regulation information, please go to: filmfreeway.com/NYCPublicSchoolFilmFestival