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The ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF), through its INDIEYOUTH Shorts Festival, seeks to honor young filmmakers, 18 and younger, and what they bring to the screen with their agility of mind, creativity, and passion. Through the medium of film, students take stock of the diverse array of social issues here and around the world, and illuminate the interconnections we share.

INDIEYOUTH Shorts Festival is pleased to provide a platform for these young filmmakers to speak out, communicate, and forge alliances rooted in mutual respect while synthesizing different experiences and points of view. Through the screening of these films, INDIEYOUTH Shorts Festival hopes to encourage young filmmakers to share their vision and perhaps encourage the creation of a better tomorrow.

Awards & Prizes
The best INDIEYOUTH Shorts submissions will be featured as part of the 30th Annual ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL April 19-30, 2022. A FREE public screenings will take place at The Screening Room on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Filmmakers are encouraged to invite their family and friends to watch their films on the big screen!

After the program screening, there will be a short Q&A session with filmmakers as well as the presentation of awards in the following categories: Best of IndieYouth, Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Animation, Best Experimental

Rules & Terms


  • Films were completed between January 2020 and January 2022.
  • Films must run under 15 minutes
  • Entries may originate from any film or video format. We encouraged students to use a smartphone, tablet, or digital camera. Zoom record, Tik-Tok, and animated films are also welcomed.
  • A maximum of 5 videos may be submitted by any organization or film program.
  • Filmmakers may submit a maximum of two film entries.
  • Your film must be acceptable for a PG-13 audience. AIFF reserves the right to disqualify any film that it deems inappropriate for a teen audience.
  • By submitting your film, you agree that IndieYouth Shorts Festival and the Arizona International Film Festival may use your film for promotional purposes.
  • All filmmakers must be between 12 - 18 years of age at time of submission.


To submit, visit our FilmFreeway site at