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!
The Winners Are
- 1st Place: A Life in Brief at 5amopens a new window by Lena Reibstein
- 2nd Place: The Fourthopens a new window by Jason Jung
- 3rd Place: Nighttimeopens a new window by William Yonts
- Honorable Mention for Best Animation: Through the Storm Drainopens a new window by Danny Shrestha
- Honorable Mention for Best Documentary: Hopeopens a new window by Kaitlyn Gates
- Honorable Mention: Yellowopens a new window by Alyssa Fouts Mercado
- People's Choice: Casual Nexusopens a new window by Aaron Morgan
- 1st Place: Knock Knockopens a new window by Caden Posse
- 2nd Place: The Gameopens a new window by Ethan Man
- 3rd Place: Plastic Bagsopens a new window by Clarisse Bell
- Honorable Mention for Best Documentary: American Girl by Hayden Brown
- Honorable Mention for Best Animation: Cycleopens a new window by Varun Avari Kapoor
- Honorable Mention for Best Collaboration: Mumbo Jomboopens a new window by Syrus Fitch, Jett Maya, & Daniel Ferrari
- People's Choice: The Mockeningopens a new window by CJ Ward
Check out All of the Films
What do you think of the film submissions? Let us know in the comments.