9th Annual SMCL Teen Film Festival Winners

This March, we celebrated the 9th Annual SMCL Teen Film Festival. Teens from across San Mateo County submitted 32 entries in total. We received so many that we had to split the festival into two days - one for high school student films and one for middle school student films. These students worked incredibly hard on their films. Both festivals were a huge success with filmmakers connecting over their mutual love of filmmaking and already thinking up ideas for the next film contest.

We hope you  enjoy the films as much as we did!

Teen Film Festival high school winners.
Teen Film Festival high school winners.

The Winners Are

High School

Teen Film Festival middle school winners.
Teen Film Festival middle school winners.

Middle School

  • 1st Place: Knock Knock by Caden Posse
  • 2nd Place: The Game by Ethan Man
  • 3rd Place: Plastic Bags by Clarisse Bell
  • Honorable Mention for Best Documentary: American Girl by Hayden Brown
  • Honorable Mention for Best Animation: Cycle by Varun Avari Kapoor
  • Honorable Mention for Best Collaboration: Mumbo Jombo by Syrus Fitch, Jett Maya, & Daniel Ferrari
  • People's Choice: The Mockening by CJ Ward

Check out All of the Films

Photos of the festival can be viewed in this Google folder or on Facebook.

What do you think of the film submissions? Let us know in the comments.