Reel Teen Film Festival

Reel Teen Film Festival 2016

Its time for our annual Reel Teen Film Festival! We’re partnering with Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) to encourage teens in grades 6-12 to use the art of cinema as a creative form of self-expression. Teens are able to enter up to two categories and attend film-making workshops throughout the competition. Winners from each category will debut their film at a special premier in April 2017.

Winners in each category will receive entrance into SWAMP’s "Lights! Camera! Action!" Youth Media Camp--a weeklong film-making summer workshop led by local industry professionals. Youth Media Camp attendees receive hands-on instruction in digital camera operation, lighting, sound and editing. Winners will also receive a student membership to SWAMP, which includes the following benefits: discounts to SWAMP Workshops and Screenings, film screenings at the MFAH & Rice Media Center, a free summary and review of your script from qualified SWAMP readers, and the new mentorship program (coming in 2017). The total value of this amazing prize pack is $350.00.

Film Categories

Grades 6 – 8 and Grades 9 – 12 can submit up to two categories
PSA/Book or Movie Trailer


  • Open to teens in grades 6 – 12 only.
  • Groups may participate.
  • Content must be suitable for viewing by all ages.
  • The film(s) must be the participant’s original work.
  • Films are to be 1 – 5 minutes only (including credits). Films that exceed the required time limit will not be accepted.
  • All submitted films must be no older than January 1, 2016.
  • Each filmmaker may submit a maximum of 2 films. The films cannot be in the same category. 

Past Winners

Check out some of our past winners to get inspired.


Submission Deadline
5:00 PM February 28, 2017

Submission Format
You may submit either by mail or online. See the instructions below. 

By Mail with DVD
Print out and complete the Application Entry Form. Mail the form and DVD to:
Central Library
Attention: Reel Teen Film Festival
4th Floor Teen Room
500 McKinney St., Houston, Texas 77002

Online Submission
Upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or SchoolTube. Submit the link to your video via an Application Entry Form.
Submission links must be named (saved as) the following:
Example: JosephSmith.7.Animation


Email or call Teen Services at 832-393-1521.