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Launch Student Film Competition

AIFF2020 Call for Entries is now closed.  Join us April 16-20 to see all our Launch competition winners!

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Interested in competing next year?  Here's all your information about our Launch Student Film Competition.  Deadlines will be updated in June.

Launch Your Story and Watch Your Film Take Flight

We are looking for storytellers for the Launch Student Film Competition with short films that are innovative, inventive, creative, original, inspiring, relevant, compelling, entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, and unique.

Do you have a great story to share?  Here’s what you need to know:
  • No entry fee—it’s FREE!
  • Films need to be 5 minutes or under.
  • Genres include animation, claymation, documentary, or narrative—it’s up to you!
  • Four categories: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college undergrads.
  • Winners in each of the four categories listed above receive CASH prizes!
  • Students must live in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties in OR; Del Norte or Siskiyou counties in CA.
  • Fill out the Launch Entry Form
  • Have a question? Check out our Launch FAQs, or contact us at entries@ashlandfilm.org.
  • Launch winning films from past festivals can be viewed on our website.
  • The deadline to submit is January 17, 2020.
  • Filmmaker will be notified if they made it into the film festival on February 12, 2020.

AIFF Supports Pride

In addition to the above categories, to celebrate diversity, identity, and discovery through the art of film, AIFF looks for outstanding student-made films that speak to the LGBTQ+ experience.

Your LGBTQ+ themed film may be about youth/adults and the issues (social, political, etc.), contemporary or historical, which affect the lives of individuals, groups, their communities, and our society at-large.

What happens once I submit my film?

Everyone who submits a film receives two complementary film vouchers to AIFF2020!

Winners will have their film screened during the Ashland Independent Film Festival, April 16-20, 2020, receive a Filmmaker Pass and a VIP Plus One Pass to all films and special events, interact with filmmakers from around the world, and participate in Q&As after the screenings. 

“You may think that only experts get their film into the film festival, but that’s not true. What they are really looking for is something thats creative and thats made by kids.”     –Alex Meyer, 8th grade Launch winner

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust

Prizes made possible by the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs.
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