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Fresh Film Northwest

The Northwest Film Center’s annual Fresh Film NW (formerly the Young People’s Film Festival) celebrates the next generation of regional filmmakers by showcasing their work and circulating it around the region and beyond. It is one of the oldest and largest youth film festivals in the nation.

The purpose of the festival is to provide recognition for individual talent, to showcase model examples of how media arts can be taught in schools, and to engage youth, parents, educators, and our community partners in building the Northwest regional youth media community. The festival works in partnership with a range of youth-focused community partners to solicit entries, generate audiences, and circulate outstanding selections.

Submissions are judged by a jury panel of professional filmmakers and educators. Individual and group submissions from youth ages 13 to 19 are accepted. There is no entry free. 

The festival is made up of two components: a free public screening presented in November in the Whitsell Auditorium as part of the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and an online version, which makes offerings available year-round.

Submissions will open in May 2016. Stay-tuned for more information. 


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There are three award categories:

Creative Self Expression Awards for outstanding achievement in cinematic storytelling
Heart Awards for authenticity and humane treatment of a subject
Integrative Learning Awards for innovation in integrating mediamaking with K-12 academic content



Screen the festival to your youth group, school, or community organization. Gain an inside view into the kinds of films selected for inclusion in previous years. Winners programs are available on our Vimeo channel

If you would like to be added to the festival contact list, click here.

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