KDL Teen Filmmaking Contest


All Kent County teens, grades 6-12, are invited to enter KDL’s 5th Annual Teen Filmmaking Contest.  Selected films from the contest will be screened Saturday, February 12,  from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema North.  There will be $200 in prize money awarded for the best films in various categories. Additional information, rules and all necessary forms can be found here.

All submissions must be in by January 8,  so grab your camera for “TAKE 1!”     


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Greg is a teen parapro at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. He enjoys the many wonderful programs at Kent District Library and the smiles they provide. Greg’s happy places include nature, Detroit Tiger baseball, and anywhere there is live music.

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5 Responses to “KDL Teen Filmmaking Contest”

  1. Richard - The Camera Dolly Guy Says:

    $200 is perhaps too much for 6 graders but probably not enough for 12 graders.

  2. Jonathan Says:

    I have two questions:
    1. For the permission forms, must everyone who is in the movie sign them, or only one person? What about “extras”?
    2. How many people will be allowed to the screening at Celebration Cinema? Can we invite as many people as we wanted if we were to win?


  3. Greg Says:

    Great questions!
    1) The person who submits the film is the only signature necessary. By signing, you are acknowledging that everyone involved with the production has given their permission to submit the film according to the contest rules. Of course, if you are under 18, a parent/legal guardian must also sign the form.
    2)The theatre holds 300 people! There will be free passes available a week or two before the event. I should mention, that the winners will be announced at the event, so if your film is selected for screening you will want to invite friends and family.
    Thank you!

  4. Jonathan Says:

    Does the movie have to be absolutely less than ten minutes, or is that just just a general time the movie needs to be? For example, can I go 11 or 12 minutes?

  5. greg Says:

    Hi Jonathon,
    The movies must not be over ten minutes in length, but can be any length less than 10 minutes.