Imagine Louisville

Submit your film!


Create a short film (60 seconds) that tells us how you imagine Louisville in the future. 
The purpose is to  EMPOWERINSPIREENTERTAIN – and celebrate our amazing city!


Young Filmmakers: Call for Films

This year, LCFF is partnering with teachers in Jefferson County Public Schools
to sponsor a filmmaking competition for students, grades 3-12 (ages 8-18). 
Selected films will be screened during the Festival, February 22- March 2, 2019. 

The focus this year is


Film Qualifications

(1) It must be a digital video

(2) It must focus on ONE of the following topics:

Imagine Louisville greener
Imagine Louisville with more jobs
Imagine Louisville with more arts

(3) The length of the video should not exceed 60 seconds (one minute), not including the 10-second title screen (see #4).

(4) All entries should begin with a 10-second full-screen “title screen” that includes the following information:

Lead Producer’s name
School name
Title of video
Total running time (not including the 10-second title screen)

(5) An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film MUST be conceived and created by the youth(s) submitting with minimal adult input.

(6) All work is to be that of the creator. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.

(7) No copyrighted music or other copyrighted materials (images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.

(8) Content must comply with all local and national laws. Content must not 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by LCFF in its sole and conclusive determination.



The winning filmmakers will receive prizes in the following categories:

  Students 3, 4, 5 grades

  First Place: $100

Runner-up: $50

Students 6, 7, 8 grades

First Place: $100

Runner-up: $50

Students 9, 10, 11, 12 grades

First Place: $100

Runner-up: $50



How do I enter my short film into the competition?

Entries require a signed and completed 2019 Festival Entry Form (one online form per entry). Note: On the entry form, please provide a link to your film. Links should not have an expiration date, and no downloadable files can be accepted.

What is the deadline to submit my short film?

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm (Eastern time, US) on January 18, 2019.

How will my film be graded or critiqued?

The selection panel is composed of Louisville
Children’s Film Festival board members and student committee members, educators and community representatives in the arts.

Entrants will be judged on their ability to address
the topic of choice by being engaging, informative, inspiring, and creative through their film.

The judges will also check adherence to these
guidelines, including compliance with all terms (legality, conduct, etc.), film length, etc.

Entrants who do not conform to policies and rules
may be disqualified at the discretion of LCFF, Inc.
Any disqualifications are the decision of LCFF and are final.

How will I know if my film wins the competition?

All entrants will be notified on their status by email no later than February 18, 2019. Winning films will be screened during the Louisville Children’s Film Festival, February 22-March 2, 2019.


Who do I contact if I have questions?

Send any questions to