1. Eligibility – Any person between 13-25 and living in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, and/or the United States may enter a film. For 2022 we are accepting films made in the last two years.  Group projects, as well as individual works, are acceptable. All submissions must be produced by entrants. Adult guidance and instruction are permissible, but the primary hands-on creative work and point-of-view must be by the entrant(s).

2. The Submission deadline is May 15th, 2022 (postmarked, electronic dating). Free.

a. Minors must receive guardian/parental consent to enter the competition.

b. Entrants may submit as individuals, teams, or classes.


3. Rules

a. Only original work may be submitted. The FYFF board reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any submission.

b. Ratings Apply - We are a family friendly festival. No nudity. Limited offensive language/cursing and violence are permitted. The FYFF uses the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) film rating system for submissions. Participants should follow the guidelines.

c. Language Requirement - All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

d. Copyright - If copyright-protected sources are used, you must obtain the necessary permissions and include them with this application. If using material under creative commons (fair use doctrine), make sure the necessary requirements are met in order to submit your work to a third party. For more information on copyrighted material and what constitutes fair use material, please visit:


There are many options for copyright-free music. One option is:

The FYFF is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on these websites. Please do your research and try to find material that is royalty/license-free and/or falls under creative commons. Copyright is a complicated issue. When in doubt, do not use material you did not create. We are interested in what you can create, not what you can borrow.


e. Film Running Time Limits

Age 13-15: 5 min. max

Age 16-18: 10 min. max

Age 19-21: 15 min. max

Age 22-25: 20 min. max

f. Entry Categories

Age 13-15: Achievement

Age 16-18: Fiction or Non-Fiction

Age 19-21: Fiction, Non-Fiiction, or Experimental

Age 22-25: Fiction, Non-Fiiction, or Experimental


All ages (13-25): Animation

g. Screenplay Details

All ages (13-25): 10 pages max

h. The Flint Youth Film Festival reserves the right to copy and distribute the works submitted for exhibition and promotional purposes only.

i. Jury Process - A jury panel of media professionals will select entries for recognition in all categories.

Criteria for selection includes:


Quality of Overall Production

Freshness & Originality

Persuasive Point of View

Emotional Impact

Technical Proficiency



The 13-15 entrants receive Achievement Awards. All other awards are given to the runner-up and first place in each category. In addition to our main awards, we have craft awards in Directing, Writing, and Cinematography for filmmakers 16-25.

Additional Select Awards Determined by Judges:

The Heart Award: Given to a film that connects deeply with a subject and allows the audience in.

Audience Choice Award: Chosen by the viewers of the Festival on our website

Best of Festival: Given to a specific film that is voted on by a panel of media professionals from across the country.

All awards will be presented during our Awards Ceremony in July. It will either be in-person in Flint, Michigan or online at our website/YouTube channel depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.