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MMTM Festival Application

The MMTM Project Is Designed To:

  • Support young filmmakers in developing the craft of movie-making
  • Promote equity and access through the use of smartphone technology and expert instruction provided at no cost to participating schools/organizations
  • Breathe life into a new generation of entertainment industry professionals
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting arts education in our K-16 community which has been decimated in recent years

MMTM Festival Project Numbers to Date (2016-18)

  • Over 100 sponsored public and private K-16 schools and institutions
  • Over 4,000 participants from throughout the Northwest San Fernando Valley who write, edit, direct, act or work on the respective film crews
  • Over 500 short films produced thus far
  • Gender Demographics: 55% female/45% male
  • Over 60% of the participants qualify for TITLE I Funding
  • Past participants have also Included: LAPD Devonshire PALS, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, New Horizons (Developmentally Disabled Adults) and Alternative High Schools Serving Foster Youth


The purpose of the MMTM Film Festival is not simply to invite young filmmakers to participate in the MMTM Youth Short Film Festival, but also to make the process as effortless and seamless as possible.

Understanding that arts education funding in the K-16 community has plummeted in recent years, a commitment was made to provide a completely cost-free experience for the participants. Reflecting that, the project includes:

  • 30-40 hours of expert instruction from artists-in-residence (AIR) from California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) Community Arts Partnership and other film-making institutions
  • When appropriate, complimentary Apple smartphone bundles, including an iPhone, external microphone, tripod, lens attachments, Gimbal and other equipment
  • iPhone training at participating Los Angeles Apple stores
  • A project website to share successes, post photos, ask questions and register for special events
  • Charter bus transportation to and from culminating event
  • Free admission to a red carpet gala at the Soraya Performing Arts Center on the CSUN Campus
  • Ancillary materials such as software, project t-shirts, phone cases, and other materials