2017 Young Filmmakers of Tomorrow Competition

This Film Competition is made up of three categories: High School (9-12), Middle School (7-8), and K-6 (Primary). Student films will be judged by a panel of teachers, students, parents and SLO Film Fest board members. Films selected for screening at the March 2017 SLO International Film Festival will compete for cash prizes in the following categories:

Filmmakers of Tomorrow (35 of 58)All Age Levels (High School, Middle & Primary):

  • Best Film made by an individual
  • Best Film made by a group
  • Best SLO County Film*
  • Best Animated Film

There are often also special jury awards given each year.

Competition Rules

This competition is open to elementary through high school students from all over the world. College student films are not accepted in this competition. *San Luis Obispo County residents are eligible for the Best SLO County Film award in three age levels. To win the filmmaker must be a student in a school in San Luis Obispo County or a home school student residing in SLO County, and all entries must include a copy of school identification.

Filmmakers of Tomorrow (39 of 58)Submissions in all categories must be received by January 6, 2017. There is no entry fee for K-12 Student Film entries. Films should be submitted directly to the SLOIFF through the link at the bottom of this page.

Films can be stories told with photographs, animation, live action, music videos, documentaries…anything goes. The subject matter is open to your imagination but please…keep it clean. Films should be able to be rated G or PG.

All films must be a maximum of 10 minutes. Longer films will not be considered for screening at the SLOIFF. All music used should be fully credited at the end of the film.

The SLOIFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted. All films submitted must have a completion date after January 1, 2016. We prefer to receive screening copies as online links – preferably Vimeo or YouTube. Please add the URL to your submission form.

Films selected for screening at the Festival will be notified by February 6, 2017 (due to an increase in submissions). All individual student filmmakers with films screening at the festival will be given one Movie Fanatic (six-film) pass, worth $65, to the 2017 SLOIFF. Groups of students will be given Fanatic passes to share. If you have any questions regarding film submissions, please email the Artistic Director.

Important: Don’t forget to include your student ID! This competition is for youth filmmakers only!

There are two ways to submit! Use Film Freeway (makes it easy to apply to a lot of other festivals too) or submit directly to us by following the instructions below.


To submit directly: Click on the SLO Film Fest Youth Film Application 2017 that can be filled in and emailed back to us with a link to your film!

Thank you for submitting – we look forward to watching your film!