Kent County Teen Film Festival


Teen Film FestivalKent County Teen Film Festival
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

All Kent County teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter films in the Kent County Teen Film Festival. A jury will review all submitted entries and select films to be screened at the Festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is free and open to the public, so please join us at 10:30 AM on February 28, 2015 at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Dr. NE).

Submission Deadline for Films
Friday, January 23, 2015



Kent County Teen Film Festival Rules:
(See FAQs for more information)


  • All short films must be written, directed, and edited by teens in grades 6-12.
  • The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Kent County.
  • All entries must be teen-produced, and may be either a group project or individual work.
  • Adult guidance and instruction are permissible, but the planning, production (including writing, filming, special effects, sound and editing) and selection of the subject matter must reflect teen effort. Note, however, that adults are permitted to act in your film.


  • Submitted films must be created after January 1, 2014.
  • Films may be on any topic, but must be G or PG-rated in language and subject matter or they will be disqualified. Films will be previewed for content.
  • All editing must be done before submitting the film.
  • Title pages and credits should be included in your film.
  • Unless relevant to the plot, please do not include bloopers in your submitted film.
  • Films may be up to 10 minutes in length including credits.
  • Films must be submitted in one of the following file formats:

    .avi (Audio Video Interleave File)
    .mov (Apple QuickTime Movie)
    .wmv (Windows Media Video File)

    .mpeg (MPEG movie)
    .m2p (MPEG-2 Program Stream File)
    .mp4 (MPEG-4 Video File
    .rm (Real Media File)
    .swf (Shockwave Flash Movie)

    Note: video and audio quality should be as high as possible to ensure a solid screening of your film. For playback in the theater, the film's full audio must play on both channels (e.g., do not dedicate music to one channel and dialogue to the other. You can perform a quick test by listening to the audio via headphones — you should hear full audio in both ears). Find information about enabling multichannel audio in Final Cut Pro X here. 
  • Films must be submitted on a USB flash ("thumb") drive. Please be aware that the library is not responsible for lost or misdirected media.
  • Each filmmaker may submit up to, and no more than, two films.
  • Use of sound or video clips from other films, television shows, music videos, etc. within your submitted work is not permitted unless those clips are in the public domain or you have received written permission from the copyright holder.
  • You must obtain permission to use copyrighted music in your film or should plan to use your own original music. Additionally, you can use copyright-free, public domain, trade-friendly, or creative commons copyright music. For suggestions of places to find such music, please refer to the Copyrighted Music section at the bottom of this page.


  • Entrants must complete and submit an entry form and a release form for each film. If under 18, a parent or legal guardian must also sign the release form.
  • Each film should be submitted on a separate USB flash drive with the corresponding entry form and release form. USB flash drives submitted without these forms will not be considered.
  • Please send the Entry Form, Release Form, and USB flash drive(s) by mail (or deliver in person) to one of the following four locations:

KDL Cascade Township Branch
Attn: Tricia Kannegieter

2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49546

KDL East Grand Rapids Branch
Attn: Monica Walen
746 Lakeside Dr. SE
East Grand Rapids, MI  49506

KDL Krause Memorial Branch
Attn: Jennifer German
140 E. Bridge St.
Rockford, MI  49341

KDL Wyoming Branch
Attn: Ty Papke
3350 Michael Ave. SW
Wyoming, MI  49509

GRPL Main Library
Attn: Jessica Liddell
111 Library St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

All submissions (including completed forms) must be postmarked or delivered in person to one of the above addresses by FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015.

DO NOT SEND YOUR ONLY COPY: The library cannot be held responsible for any damage that might occur to submissions.

Judging & Awards:

  • All films will be previewed by a jury made up of select individuals, including but not limited to: Grand Rapids Public Library staff, Kent District Library staff, and Kent County community members.
  • Every attempt will be made to show all entries at the Kent County Teen Film Festival on Saturday, February 28, 2015, but due to time constraints, the Festival reserves the right to limit the number of films shown. Library staff will notify all entrants in advance whether their film will be shown.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges during the Festival on February 28, 2015. At the end of the Festival, prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories.

Copyrighted Music:
The Kent County Teen Film Festival requires all filmmakers to obtain permission to use copyrighted music in their films. Filmmakers can also use their own original music. Additionally, copyright-free, public domain, trade-friendly, or creative commons copyright music can be used. Sources for copyright-free music may be found at:

WKTV (local television station with an on-site copyright-free music library for public use)
Internet Archive Community Audio
Creative Commons Music

Please be aware that some of the music posted on the above websites is not copyright-free. Copyright-free or royalty-free music is indicated as such.

If you have any questions, please email

To see finalist films from the 2014 Kent County Teen Film Festival, we invite you to visit our Facebook page.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Executive Producer:




Celebration! Cinema          Kent District Library


Assistant Producers:

Grand Rapids Public Library           Pure Michigan Film Office