OPEN CALL  Teen Short Film Competition



The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) is currently accepting entries of short films made by teens (ages 12-18) for the Boulder International Film Festival Youth Pavilion Feb. 13th - 15th.

Please submit a copy of your film on a DVD. Films will not be returned to you.

  • Your film must be no longer than 15 minutes .
  • It should be acceptable to PG-13 audiences.
  • The first 5 seconds of your film must be a black screen.
  • Please do not use menus or anything similar before your film. It is preferable if your film starts playing automatically.

If your film is selected to be screened, you will be contacted by our programmer.

International Film Festival, or Mara Giulini BIFF Youth Advisory Council Intern.

If selected, your film will be screened at the Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder CO 80302, on February 15th, 2014.

You are welcome to invite friends and family to the screening.

Please know that if you submit a film you must be available to attend the awards ceremony on February 15th, 2014.

Please drop your disk off at
2338 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
You may drop the disk off between 11am and 5pm.

Tell them that it is a submission for the Youth Pavilion Shorts Competition
Please contact Mara at if you have any questions.

You can also find information about the Boulder International Film Festival Youth Pavilion at

Early submissions due January 17th.  Download an application here.

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“Great storytelling is the oldest of all arts, the glue that holds together our culture and ourselves.” Robin Beeck, Executive Director, Boulder International Film Festival



To use film as a visual form for great storytelling — an effective way to open student eyes to the world outside their communities, and help them gain an understanding of critical issues facing our society. Additionally, to use film like literature to develop critical analysis skills and to reach a non-traveling student population with information on other cultures and societies. Finally, to encourage students to see film as an important avenue of expression, in addition to a potential career path.


Youth Advisory Council

In keeping with its commitment to bringing independent films to a wider audience the Festival formed a Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The Council, formed in 2008, is made up of 12-15 local film enthusiasts in grades 8-12. It represents a youth voice at the Festival by assisting in the selection of films for the festival's FREE student film program and promoting the films to students in Boulder County.

The Council writes, produces, directs and edits several of its own films and assists in other film making projects.

Applications are available through our website in the spring for openings in the fall. Questions about the Youth Advisory Council can be directed to