2023 Youth 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 staff, SLO Film Fest board members, and guest judges. Films selected for screening at the April 2023 SLO International Film Festival will compete for cash prizes in the following categories:

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Best Documentary Film
Best Narrative Film
Best International Film
Best Animated Film
Best SLO County Film

Competition Rules
This competition is open to students still attending elementary, middle, or high school from all over the world. Students currently attending college and college student films are not accepted into this competition. All entries must include a copy of school identification.

San Luis Obispo County residents are eligible for the Best SLO County Film award. 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.

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Submissions in all categories must be received by November 30th, 2022. There is an entry fee for K-12 Student Film entries. Films can be submitted directly to the SLO Film Fest through the link HERE.

Films can be stories told with photographs, animation, live action, music videos, documentaries…anything goes. The subject matter is limited to your imagination. Films in the elementary-middle school category should be able to be rated G or PG, but high school films can be PG-13.

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

The SLO Film Fest reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted. All films submitted must have a completion date after March 1st, 2020.

Submission Deadlines And Fees:
Earlybird Deadline: August 31, 2022 – $5
Regular Deadline: October 25, 2022 – $5
Late Deadline: November 22, 2022 – $5
Extended Deadline: November 30, 2022 – $5

Please contact info@slofilmfest.org for any questions or to request a discount waiver (not guaranteed).


Movies selected for screening at the Festival will be notified no later than February 1, 2023. All individual student filmmakers with films screening at the festival will be given 3 regular screening passes to the 2022 SLO Film Fest. Groups of students will be given 2 regular screening passes per student. If you have any questions regarding film submissions, please email info@slofilmfest.org.

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


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