Submissions are open to high schoolers, 14 to 19 years of age. Only secondary roles (such as talent) may be outside this range. Adults may provide assistance and advise in the production of submissions, but their help must be minimal.
All music copyright, talent, and location releases must be submitted with each entry.
Accurate and complete credits are required on-screen and on-file. Films should be at/under 12 minutes, and screenplays should be at most 15-20 pages long.
PHYFF is a student-run event dedicated to helping teenage creatives find their voice in a rapidly expanding community of young filmmakers. We seek to create an environment where our peers could have their work recognized without massive budgets or extensive training. We have received submissions from Philadelphia schools and ones across the world.
This festival is a great opportunity to show off work and get critiques, as well as to network with peers from the area and make connections. Filmmaking experts will judge and rank submitted films in four categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, and screenplay. At each festival, we offer several workshops on a variety of common and niche filmmaking focuses.
The Festival is open to high school students in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond with free participation for all students, and it includes an awards ceremony for the winning films.
1st Have You Ever Been In Love? Kaya Trefz
2nd Welcomer Sam Gualtieri & Jalen Ramseur-Williams
3rd The Guitar Brianna Quimby
1st iRony Radheya Jegatheva
2nd Fictional Characters Ivana Noa
3rd Journey Radheya Jegatheva
1st Maya Rajkishore Mohapatra
2nd The Island of Music Lily Annenberg
3rd We Are Now Carlos Escobar, Kimberly Gonzalez-Ramirez, Verite Igiraneza, Yohannes Gezahegn, Merry Hailegeorgies
1st Gone Fishing Noah Eisenstein
2nd Hearing Aid Juliana Santamauro
3rd Have You Ever Been In Love? Kaya Trefz