2018 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 2018 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
  • Best Wildlife Film – Sponsored by Pacific Wildlife Care – please click this link for more information: SLOIFF and PWC Youth Film Award

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 Wednesday January 10, 2018. There is no entry fee for K-12 Student Film entries. Films can be submitted directly to the SLO Film Fest through the link at the bottom of this page, or via Film Freeway by clicking on the button below.

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 January 1, 2017. We prefer to receive screening copies as online links – preferably Vimeo or YouTube. Please add the URL to your submission form.

Movies selected for screening at the Festival will be notified no later than February 15, 2018. All individual student filmmakers with films screening at the festival will be given one Movie Fanatic (six-film) pass, worth $80, to the 2018 SLO Film Fest, which can be used by two people. Groups of students will be given Fanatic passes to share. If you have any questions regarding film submissions, please email

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

To submit directly: Click on the Filmmaker of Tomorrow Film Application 2018 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!