2018 Submission Deadline:

  • TBD

Submissions uploaded to [https://mmtmfilmfestival.submittable.com/submit]

Special Note:  The “Making Movies that Matter” 2nd Annual Council District 12 Short Film Festival Artist-in-Residence Program is not responsible for the streaming quality of the submitted file.

Important Information

* To be considered for an award in regular categories, films must be shot on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Films may be edited on any device or hardware using any software.

* To be considered for an award in the Advanced category, films may be shot on any camera and edited with any software. Filmmakers must clearly label the software and camera-type on their submissions.


Eligibility Requirements                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Film submissions may be no longer than 3 minutes in length.
  • Films must be shot on a mobile smartphone device (iPhone or iPad)
  • Entries must be made by youth who are current residents of the San Fernando Valley.
  • Films must be submitted as Quicktime files (i.e. .mov files)
  • A one sentence synopsis/logline of the film and a 150-word synopsis of the film must be included.
  • One photo still from the film must be included in the online submission (resolution size should be no larger than 480 pixels)
  • Films must be completed between January – May 2017 to be considered.
  • Filmmakers must be youth of elementary, middle school, high school or college age.

Submission Categories

  • Documentary
  • Fictional Short
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Animated Short


All submissions must:

  • Identify the age group of the filmmaker(s):
    •       Elementary
    •       Middle School
    •       High School
    •       College
  • Include the contact information for the school and/or each member of the team, including, but not limited to: physical address, phone number and email address.
  • Include the name of the Artist-in-Residence who advised or supervised the project, if applicable.

Festival Awards

Awards will be made in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Documentary (Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Open) 
  • Outstanding Fictional Short (Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Open) 
  • Outstanding Public Service Announcement (Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Open) 
  • Outstanding Animated Short (Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Open) 
  • Three Grand Prize Awards For Winning Elementary, Middle and High-School and Open-Category plus an overall Grand Prize Winner.

General Requirements

Shorts exhibited previously, either theatrically, at another local festival or via television or Internet broadcast are not eligible to apply. Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed. However, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible. Winners will be announced at the culminating event on May 24, 2017.


In the spirit of social action and civic engagement, it is our goal that this project be the spark that ignites the passion in our participants that launches them toward a trajectory of finding a purpose and calling bigger than they could have imagined – a cause perhaps bigger than themselves.

For one it might be to take on issues such as bullying and the sometimes negative challenges of social media; for another it might be to tell the story of an individual or group who is making a difference with others on a daily basis.

There is no question that changing the world is a daunting task. The truth is, youth are often an untapped source for creative change-making ideas. When these young change-agents have the support they need at every step of the process, we may be surprised with what they can accomplish—on their campuses, in their communities, and beyond.

Download RFP: (2018) Click Here To Open