Attention all young filmmakers (grades K-12)! Do you want your film to appear on the big screen in a movie theatre in front of a live film festival audience? This Fall, on our Sixth Anniversary, The 2016 Gold Coast International Film Festival Young Filmmakers Program will give you that chance! We will showcase the best in youth filmmaking, and there is no fee to submit your film. Here are the submission guidelines:
All films (incl. credits) must be no more than five (5) minutes in length and be PG in content.
We will accept films of all genres, including, but not limited to:
* Narrative (must tell a story or have some narrative structure) * PSA or TV Commercial
(maximum length – 2 minutes)
* Music Videos (of original music only)
NOTE: all content must be original and/or used with permission
Films will be judged in 3 categories:
(1) Students in grades K-6; (2) Students in grades 7-9 and (3) Students in grades 10-12.
Judging & Awards
All films will be judged by a panel of filmmaking professionals that will include Directors, Screenwriters, Producers, Film Professors from Long Island University and/or Film Festival Programmers. Winning films will be shown on the big screen during our 2016 Festival and may also air on NHTV (the North Hempstead TV Station). Awards Ceremony will be held during the 2016 Gold Coast International Film Festival.
Films can be shot on any format (smart phone, video, digital video etc…)
Production values should be as high as possible, including sound and picture.
Video must be high resolution format, 1920×1080
When you are ready to submit your film:
* Fill out our Young Filmmaker Submission Form
* Follow the instructions for how to send us your film (uploading it to our FilmFreeway
account, sending us a vimeo link, or delivering us a playable DVD, with sound)
The deadline for film submissions is
More About the Gold Coast Film Festival:
Located on the “Gold Coast” in the Town of North Hempstead, the Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Year-round festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.
During the annual seven-day festival, area residents, visitors, members of the business and film communities, public officials, students and academics come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema in the charming and historic towns and villages of Long Island’s Gold Coast. In addition to the Fall festival, GCIFF also presents dozens of preview screenings and filmmaker Q&As throughout the year at their year-round Furman and Douglas Elliman Film Series.
The Gold Coast is just a short ride from New York City, and is easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1993 and dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.