GREAT NECK, N.Y. – Young filmmakers in grades kindergarten through 12 are invited to enter the Fifth Anniversary Gold Coast International Film Festival Young Filmmakers Program.

There is no fee to submit a film. The submission guidelines are as follows:

• All films (including credits) must be no more than five minutes in length and be rated PG in content;

• A Young Filmmaker Submission Form, which requires such information as a summery of the film and the names and ages of the filmmakers and the schools they attend, must be turned in;

• Films can be shot on any format (smart phone, video, digital video etc.), but production values should be as high as possible, including sound and picture; video must be high resolution format, 1920x1080; and

• All films will be judged by a panel of filmmaking professionals that will include directors, screenwriters, producers, film professors from Long Island University, film critics and/or film festival programmers.

Judges will accept films of all genres including, but not limited to: documentary; narrative (must tell a story or have some narrative structure); Public Service Announcement or TV commercial (maximum length is 2 minutes); animation; and music videos (of original music only).

Films will be judged in three categories: students in grades K-6; students in grades 7-9; and students in grades 10-12.

Winners will be announced on the GCIFF website in mid-October. To submit a film, visit; fill out a Young Filmmaker Submission Form; and follow the instructions for how to send in the film.

The deadline for film submissions is October 1, 2015.

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