Film encompasses narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation filmmaking. The most competitive films are well edited and showcase original and clear storytelling, while demonstrating strong elements of character and theme.

YoungArts winners in film during a shoot

Are you a filmmaker who is 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12?

The 2022 application is open June 22-October 15, 2021.


To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying. 
  • If I’m selected as a Finalist, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

The requirements for the 2022 competition are listed in the downloadable PDF.

Ask a question – artist to artist

Want to know more about the YoungArts community and pursuing a career in the arts? Complete the following form and you’ll get insight from a previous YoungArts award winner about YoungArts programs, pursuing a career in the arts, the benefits of applying and your artistic discipline. You will receive a response via email.

For questions about the application process, requirements and eligibility, please check out our FAQs or email [email protected].

Hear from Winners and Guest Artists

Doug Blush (1984 Film), Guest Artist

Danielle Stolz (2015 Film)

Sheema Golbaba (2010 Film)

Kimberley Browning & Rick Delgado (1992 Film), National Selection Panelists

Select Films from Winners

Kai Tomizawa

Dusan Brown

Thomas Kim

Henry Spritz

Kayla Briët

Every cliché thing people said is, indeed, true. I feel like I know my YoungArts friends more than any of my friends at home—even though it’s only been a week.

— Thomas Kim (2019 Film)