Submissions close 11/5/2020

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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.

A valid high school ID of the most recent/current year you attended high school must be attached with your submission.




You! The Fest is free and open to all high-school students. Whether you make films or just like watching them we'd love to see you at the Fest.


The Fest features a keynote speaker, workshops with local professionals, and screenings/awards for the best submissions!


The Fest is hosted on the campus of Germantown Friends School, in the Sharpless building.


The Fest will take place on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020.


The Fest is a great opportunity to make connections or just chat with local filmmakers and similarly passionate students. You might also have a chance to show off your film on the big-screen!


  • Style & Substance - documentary
    with Gage Johnston

  • How to be a Student Entrepreneur in the Film Industry
    with Alex Favin

  • Essentials of Post Production Work Flow
    with Paul Bastin

  • Scene Analysis 101
    with Jacob Mazer

  • Producing Television for Broadcast TV!
    with Victor C. Reyes

  • Screenwriting 101
    with Kathy Van Cleve

  • Lighting Tips for Student Filmmakers
    with Emory Van Cleve

  • Can I Use This YouTube Video In My Documentary?
    with Frauke Levin

  • Making a Feature Film as a High Schooler: It's Possible - Here's How
    with Caden Hollander


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.


Check out our highlight reel!


Shame by Taylor Richardson

The Garden Store by Rose Knopper

ÅÅO by Miles C. McCrudden


Nocturnal Minds by Fred Schachinger

Nursery Crimes by Anna Ploegman

A FUGUE by Charles Jimenez


I Am Hitkoak by Aiden Atatahak and Tabitha Stirretta

Left Behind by Maddie Ding

Poleski by Brendan Hickey, Owen Russell, and Ransom Miller


For a Few ATMs More by Tadgh Quill-Manley

Book Club by Liza Gandhi

Shakespeare’s Survivors Club by Brenden Dahl

Derailed by Jared Goudsmit


TOMMY VICTOR is a senior, and a co-director of PHYFF. He's interested in botany and event planning. On campus, Tommy is involved with the aquaponic farm and the beehive. Tommy got his filmmaking start with parody action movies and rap videos, and has made documentaries too.
BEN ROSIN is a senior, and an administrator of PHYFF. He enjoys running for the school track team and editing the campus literary magazine, Polyphony. Ben helps manage the planning committee’s meetings and relationships. His interests especially include outreach and marketing, but he's eager to do whatever it takes to host the Philly Film Fest at GFS!
HENRY FARNHAM is a senior, and head of publicity/media/grant writer at PHYFF. After making his first movie in his backyard, his love of film grew. In 2017, his documentary on Vernon Park was acknowledged by the Bridge Film Festival and the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival. Henry is interested in politics and is a flutist in the GFS Orchestra, a Baritone in the GFS choir, and a witness on the Mock Trial team.
LEO KASTENBERG is a senior, and logistics coordinator at PHYFF. He enjoys learning about math and computer science. He is a leader of Germantown Friends' Data Science club, and is an avid fencer. He listens to a wide range of music from jazz to heavy metal.
WILL HAGELE is a senior, and the web administrator of PHYFF. Will looks for ways to apply his passion for electronics and computer programming to real-world situations. Will leads the Web Team for PHYFF, runs the Tinkering/Makerspace club at GFS, works for the Philadelphia Children's Foundation, and plays bass guitar.
SEAN PARK is a junior, and the submissions coordinator of PHYFF. Some of his hobbies and outside-school pursuits are jazz/rock drums, squash, and filmmaking. Sean is also involved with “Philly Reading Coaches” which aids young and underprivileged kids in basic educational skills. He hopes to pursue his dream in a career in neuroscience in the future.
SONGQI (STEVEN) PU is the Co-Director of the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival. He has been working on the Philadelphia Youth Film festival for two years. He has directed his own film project The Model Minority and is on tour with the screening workshop. Songqi is very interested in discovering similarities and differences between cultures and identities. He has also participated in many intercultural/border programs in the past year.
BEN RAUFER is a senior, and an event coordinator at PHYFF. When it comes to filmmaking, he is one of the three creators of the popular comedic B-Dawg movie and song series, and the feature length film “Darren Johnson: Full Time High Schooler, Part Time Ninja,” but is also looking into making more serious movie projects. His other non-film interests include drawing, painting, writing, and running.
GRACE RAUFER is a sophomore, and she is in charge of social media at PHYFF. She loves all things arts and has always loved making videos and music since she was a little kid. She records and writes songs and has participated in school musicals.
THOMAS SHAW is a senior, and the design/branding leader of PHYFF. He enjoys computer science, music, and film related avenues. He is one of the creators of the B-Dawg The Rapper film series as well as the Darren Johnson feature film. He was a major part in the creation of the PHYFF website, and has moved on to take charge of PHYFF branding.
NOAH EISENSTEIN is a junior and a young filmmaker and screenwriter. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies and playing tennis. He also sings with the GFS choir and a cappella groups. Two of of his screenplays were award winners at Philadelphia Youth Film Festival. To stay up to date with Noah’s films, check out his youtube channel at NKE Films.
MAX MARLOWE is a senior and graphic designer at PHYFF. He is a Coffeehouse Leader, and is the creator of Will and the Bagels, the greatest cover band to exist. He enjoys helping with Graphic Design for PHYFF. He enjoys listening to Rush, Weezer, Radiohead, and The Beach Boys.