The third annual New York City Public School Film Festival is open for entries for middle and high schoolers learning in one the city’s public schools.

The films must be five minutes or less and be categorized as an animation, short feature/narrative, documentary, experimental or P.S.A/advocacy film.

A panel of educators and media professionals will select 20 films for the festival, which will run in May. Students can submit their films until March 16.

The selected filmmakers will be invited to a special online screening day on May 6, followed by panel discussion with industry professionals.

The festival is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the OASP and Magic Box Productions.

Last year, the daylong event screened 21 student films from 13 different schools and programs. Over 15,000 students, families and teachers viewed the films, and many participated in virtual paired learning activities over spring break that reinforced film concepts.

Films must be in an .mp4 or .mov format, use original or public domain music and be submitted by a parent or guardian

For more information on the festival and submitting a film, click here.


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