Are you a 15-18 year old filmmaker?

Apply to YoungArts' national arts competition. 

Applications open spring 2018.

Cinematic Arts

Cinematic Arts encompasses narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation filmmaking.  The strongest films are well edited, showcase original and clear storytelling, while demonstrating strong elements of character and theme. 


Why Apply

  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards

  • Take master classes with accomplished filmmakers such as Doug Blush, James Caan, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese

  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support

  • Achieve national recognition


To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:

  • A citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)

  • 15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2017

Please also note that Finalists who have previously attended YoungArts Week are not eligible to apply in any discipline/category.  We encourage these artists to participate in alumni programming.  Please contact [email protected] to find out more.

How to Apply

  • ​Review the requirements in the category you want to apply in (animation, documentary and/or narrative film)

  • Prepare the required submission materials

  • Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool

  • ​Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver.

    • Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants, which will cover the entire cost of your application fee. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload required documentation (please see below). In order to successfully SUBMIT an application for review, these documents must be uploaded in the Payment section of the application prior to the October 13, 2017, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. One of the following documents is required for your fee to be waived:
      • An approved ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
      • Document that states you participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
      • Document from a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
      • Letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for and receive financial aid.
  • Click SUBMIT by October 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST