Young Filmmakers’ Contest

Contest Categories

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Short Film

Short Film of 3 minutes or less (including credits) integrating the contest theme, “Truth.”  Interpret the theme however you wish.  This category is a Festival favorite because it is great for beginners and experienced filmmakers of all ages!  See the Gallery page for examples of past entries.

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Documentary of 8 minutes or less on any topic (no need to use theme).  Consider topics that allow you to integrate interesting, original footage.  See the Resources page for tips on camera work, sound and other film making skills.  See the Gallery page for examples of past entries.



Got a film that doesn’t meet the guidelines for the Short Film or Documentary category?  Send it in!  We want to show lots of student work!  No set time limit but shorter is better.  Judging and awards structure will be determined based on the number and variety of films entered.

2018 Golden Lighthouse Award Winners

Documentary:   The Camden International Film Festival

Potluck:  Personomaly

Viewers Choice:  Personomaly

Short Films K-8:  Holiday Pants

Short Films 9-12: The Son of Man

Viewers’ Choice:  Destined for the Truth



  1. Arts Economy
  2. Camden International Film Festival
  3. Title IX Exposed
  4. Truth be Told

Pot Luck  (Some films entered as Pot Luck are in Short Film Program)

  1. Lust of the Night
  2. Murder on 30 Lymeth St.
  3. Personomoly
  4. The Process of the Rock Cycle
  5. Runaways
  6. The Untold Truth
  7. The Wind Beneath Faye’s Wings


K-8th Grade

  1. The Blue Orb
  2. The Crush
  3. The Dance
  4. Destined for Truth (Waterboro Elementary)
  5. The First Epic Plushie Movie
  6. Holiday Pants
  7. Hot Chocolate
  8. Into the Game
  9. Kidnapped
  10. Pandamonium
  11. The Teacher’s Secret Life
  12. Stuck
  13. Truth: Bad Dreams (Lincoln Middle School)

9-12th Grade

  1. Batcop Trailer
  2. The Bloody Bust
  3. The Harmonica
  4. Hero
  5. Reading is Everywhere
  6. Safety Plan
  7. The Son of Man
  8. Sunset
  9. Truth (Massabesic High School)
  10. The Truth (Southern Aroostook Community School)
  11. Truly Limited