Montclair Film Festival’s 2nd Annual Kidz Shortz Competition


Calling all young screenwriters, directors and producers! Montclair Film Festival’s 2nd Annual Kidz Shortz Competition wants your film and the time to register to enter the competition is now!

Kidz Shortz is an educational initiative, in partnership with Barista Kids and Montclair Art Museum, aimed at showcasing and inspiring the talent of Northern New Jersey students in grades 4 through 12. Last year’s theme was “My Town…The Way I See It.” This year the theme is “Freedom…The Way I See It.”

The word freedom brings up many images and ideas.  It may refer to free will, liberty, rights, political freedom, freedom to assemble, to protest, freedom of speech, intellectual freedom, economic freedom, moral and religious freedom, scientific freedom and even the freedom to keep your bedroom door closed to your sibling.

Using film as your medium, explore what freedom means to you. Your G rated, film may end up a comedy, drama, documentary, animation, musical, adventure, action, crime, war or sci-fi.

Sean Ford, the 2011 Grand Visionary Award for his film “Beaver Lake.”

We are thrilled to partner with MFF and Montclair Art Museum for this competition again this year. We were so impressed at last year’s winners and all of the talented films entered by our area’s young filmmakers. We can’t wait to see what happens this year!

Films will be judged in the following categories:

Cinemaniacs – students currently enrolled in grades 4-6

Storytellers – students currently enrolled in grades 7-9

Visionaries – students currently enrolled in grades 10-12


  • Films must be no longer than 6 minutes in length
  • Films can be shot on any format (smart phone, video, digital video etc.)
  • Films must be submitted on a playable DVD
  • No film will be accepted if it has been submitted to MFF KIDZ SHORTZ before
  • Absolutely no names, credit listings or school credits can be visible on the submitted DVD – to ensure a blind jury. Any films received with credits other than registration number will be considered ineligible.


A blind jury of filmmaking professionals and educators will determine competition winners based on story, use of theme, creativity, direction, editing, cinematography and overall filmmaking competence. Judges shall not have a conflict of interest, which is described as having a direct involvement in the production of an entry. No judge will be related to a MFF Board Member or Staff Member.


All entries must be registered online at to register. If you register before November 9, 2012 you will be invited (on a first come first served basis) to attend the following two FREE workshops to help make your film the best it can be!

1.  MAKING THE SHORT FILM (Saturday, November 10, 2012) If you register by February 1, 2013 you will be invited (on a first come first served basis) to attend the following FREE workshop:

2.  FINISHING THE SHORT FILM (Saturday February 2, 2013)


  • Open for registration October 15, 2012
  • Film submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2013
  • Recipients will be announced on the MFF website March 1, 2013
  • Awards Ceremony will be held on March 7, 2013

Get all the details and register online at Montclair Film Festival.

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