Kidz Shortz

Submission Deadline Extended to Wednesday, January 22, 2014!

Calling all young screenwriters, directors and producers! Montclair Film Festival’s 3rd Annual Kidz Shortz Competition wants your film and the time to register to enter the competition is now!

The Montclair Film Festival (MFF), in partnership with Montclair Art Museum and Barista Kids, today announced the launch of the third annual “Kidz Shortz” filmmaking competition. Registration opens on October 15, and submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2014 Wednesday, January 22, 2014 .Winners will be announced on the MFF website on February 3, with the Kidz Shortz Awards Ceremony held on February 27, 2014.

Winning entries will once again screen at the 2014 Montclair Film Festival, held April 28-May 4, 2014.  Last year’s filmmakers participated in a Q&A session after a sold-out screening.

Last year’s competition was a great success in keeping with MFF’s mission of nurturing and showcasing talented filmmakers from around the world while creating a cultural focal point for the Township of Montclair and its neighboring communities. The 2013 Kidz Shortz received over 59 submissions from 27 different NJ communities, seven states, and four countries, including cities as far away as Charleston, SC and Leeds, England.

Kidz Shortz is open to students from any community entering 4th through 12th grade in September 2013. Students may submit a short “G” rated film on this year’s theme “The Future…The Way I See It.” Films must submitted on DVD and be no longer than 6 minutes in length. A blind jury of filmmaking professionals and educators will determine competition winners based on story, theme, creativity, direction, editing, cinematography and overall filmmaking competence. The awards will be given in the following age groups:

  • Cinemaniacs: enrolled in grades 4-6
  • Storytellers: enrolled in grades 7-9
  • Visionaries: enrolled in grades 10-12

For registration and detailed information on submission requirements click here.

All participants will be invited to a free workshop at the Montclair Art Museum’s digital filmmaking lab, designed to help entrants through the filmmaking process. Details for this year’s workshop will be posted on the website.

Said Kidz Shortz Chairperson Michelle Anderson, “Kidz Shorts is a highlight of the Montclair Film Festival’s year-round activities. We’re always blown away by the creative storytelling and visual talent on display; these young filmmakers have exciting futures ahead of them.”