2020-21 Young Filmmaker Film Festival
Our Young Filmmaker Venue is Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Bravo Mainstage. The Young Filmmaker Film Festival is a selection of films submitted by filmmakers who are 18 and younger. While filmmakers from around the globe are welcome to submit, acceptance preference will be given to filmmakers residing in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania. The films in this block are in keeping with the MPAA ratings of G, PG, or PG-13. This showing is not part of the judged competition, and there are no awards for this category.
Srija Jami/Female Filmmaker/CA/United States/Young Filmmaker Documentary/3:46
Amy becomes addicted to drugs after an injury. This short film discusses her journey back to health.
An Ecosystem on the Line
Steven Simpson/PA/US/Young Filmmaker Documentary/4:05
Our world being attacked by pollution is conveyed through fishing. Fishing is more than just catching a fish and this may be ruined if our waters become any more depleted.
Olivia Carter/Female FIlmmaker/TX/United States/Young Filmmaker Drama/16:41
Colors Run follows the unlikely friendship of a broken old soul and a young imaginative girl. She dreams of an imaginary circus while he just wants out of this town to start a new. They never knew their paths would cross, much less they would save each other’s lives.
Weston Snider/Canada/Young Filmmaker Drama/10:00
A young man who tries to close his eyes to the problems in his life encounters a person who can see things others can’t.
Amir Maghami/CA/USA/Young Filmmaker Documentary/3:21
Showcasing a nonprofit organization that helps the underprivileged of Guatemala.
Adler Moss, John Schaefer/KS/United States/Young Filmmaker Documentary/11:12
A short documentary that tells the story of the causes and effects of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Utilizing audio recreations and rare photographs and videos, including the use of U.S. Military training reels to visually display the bombing of Hiroshima, this story is told like you have never seen it before.
Jack Haris/PA/US/Young Filmmaker Animation/1:22
While lost in the middle of the woods, a small child looks for any semblance of safety as they try to traverse their way back home. As they travel down the twisted road, the shadows seem to dance, and the rustling of unseen creatures permeate the otherwise silent night. As the shadows begin to close in and the feeling of despair begins to overwhelm everything else, hope appears in the form of a small light.
My Red Ball
Esabella Strickland/Canada/Young Filmmaker Drama/2:47
An urban legend about a girl who has been bullied and socially alienated in school because of her learning disabilities. She is so lonely that she makes friends with a boy in the forest and soon disappears with her red ball (her heart).
Never Too Small
Mason Mirabile/VA/United States/Young Filmmaker Documentary/5:00
The Earth is dying. Climate change is the most important issue the world is facing today. I want to challenge everybody who watches my film to look within themselves, for how they can help. I composed the musical score in a minor key to show how serious the issue is. My title comes from a quotation from teenage climate activist Greta Thornburg, “…you are never too small to make a difference.” Kids have powerful voices, and I hope my film encourages everyone to use their voices to make a difference.
De’Jah Burch/Female Filmmaker/CA/United States/Young Filmmaker Drama/3:43
An on-and-off-again couple attempts to reconnect under a restraining order.
Aidan Kristo/MD/United States/Young Filmmaker Animation/3:14
As an outsider and a lonesome soul, Dr. Stitchfield resorts to science to create his soulmate.
Stronger Than Steel
Jacon Pincus/OH/United States/Young Filmmaker Documentary/6:54
Three days after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, thousands of people in Pittsburgh came together to protest the hate and violence in the country. “Stronger than Steel” explores that even after tragedy, there is hope in this divided nation.
The Butler and the Ball
Andrew Chan-Possemato/NY/United States/Young Filmmaker Drama/11:17
An urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer.
Sarah Liu/Non-Binary Filmmaker/PA/United States/Young Filmmaker Drama/3:19
After a brush with taking her life, Sophia Vera seeks help from her friend Grace Galen.
The Power of a Voice
Prabhnoor Kaur/Female Filmmaker/NJ/United States/Young Filmmaker Documentary/5:11
This documentary is about a former US Women’s National League Soccer player, who dedicated her life to raise awareness regarding domestic abuse.