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 5am by Lena Reibstein
- 2nd Place: The Fourth by Jason Jung
- 3rd Place: Nighttime by William Yonts
- Honorable Mention for Best Animation: Through the Storm Drain by Danny Shrestha
- Honorable Mention for Best Documentary: Hope by Kaitlyn Gates
- Honorable Mention: Yellow by Alyssa Fouts Mercado
- People's Choice: Casual Nexus by Aaron Morgan
- 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
What do you think of the film submissions? Let us know in the comments.