About the Festival

The Portland Youth Film Festival was founded in 2012 as The Portland Children’s Film Festival by a group of parents and teachers from the East End Community School in Portland, Maine.  Conceived as a fundraising and community outreach event, the Festival adopted the mission of encouraging students to explore their world through the creation and appreciation of film.

In 2016, the Festival affiliated with the University of Southern Maine and was renamed Portland Youth Film Festival.  Presently, we are staffed by community volunteers and receive invaluable support from USM faculty and student interns from the Tourism and Hospitality as well as the Communications and Media Studies departments.

The 2019 PYFF will focus on films made by K-12 students from all over Maine.  We invite students to submit films in two categories- Short Film and Documentary.  Our format is welcoming of beginners and experienced filmmakers alike. There is no fee to enter the contest.  Submission deadline is April 12th.  Selected films will be screened at our Red Carpet award ceremony on April 27th. To spread the love of filmmaking as widely as possible, we invite communities across Maine to screen the films locally by streaming them online at no cost.

See you at the Festival!