4th Annual Young Filmmakers Program

The Gold Coast International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions from filmmakers in grades K-12 for our 4th annual Young Filmmakers Program!

All films (including 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:

  • Documentary
  • Narrative (must tell a story or have some narrative structure)
  • PSA or TV Commercial (maximum length – 2 minutes)
  • Animation
  • 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.

Filming Specs

  • 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


All films will be judged by a panel of filmmaking professionals that will include Directors, Screenwriters, Producers, Film Professors, Film Critics and/or Film Festival Programmers.  Winning films will be shown on the big screen during our 2018 Festival and may also air on NHTV (the North Hempstead TV Station). Awards Ceremony will be held during the 2018 Gold Coast International Film Festival.

You can submit with FilmFreeway here:

You can fill out the Young Filmmakers Program Submission Form Below:

For more information, e-mail gciffshorts@gmail.com or call 516-829-2570.