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The Ninth Annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, 2014, is now accepting submissions. The festival accepts any film made by kids 12-18, from anywhere in the world, in any genre between 30 seconds to 30 minutes in length. Submission is free. Multiple submissions are accepted.

There are two ways to submit a film:

1) Online at “Without A Box” — Create a free account and upload a film (preferred method).

2) Download an entry form, read the guidelines, and submit by mail or in person. Entry form and guidelines can be found at

Submissions will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014. Selected filmmakers will be informed by Friday, April 14, 2014. Last year, 44 films were screened from a pool of over 325 short films submitted from around the globe. This year city officials are turning their focus to local filmmakers, dedicating a minimum of 45 minutes of the 240-minute program to showcase local talent.

Award categories include Best of the Fest, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Music Video, Best Live Action, and the Green Choice Award, which recognizes the film that best portrays the spirit of environmentalism. There is also a Santa Monica Budding Filmmaker award, which goes to the local teen who displays the most talent and passion for a future filmmaking career.

Prizes include gift certificates, trophies and networking with industry professionals. In addition, the Santa Monica Budding Filmmaker will receive a full scholarship to Relativity Workshops, a three-week summer intensive course in downtown Los Angeles created by a major Hollywood studio. Workshops take place in downtown Los Angeles from June to August 2014.

The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is an interdepartmental initiative between the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, the Santa Monica Public Library, City TV, the Office of Sustainability and the Environment and the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center.

Its purpose is to showcase the creative talents of teen filmmakers, as well as encourage youth to use the art of filmmaking as a form of creative expression and commentary on the world in which they live.

For more information about the film festival, or to make a reservation, e-mail or call Justin Yoffe at (310) 458-8634. Also check out the Facebook page at

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