24th Annual
Christian Youth Film Festival

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

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2017 Rules and Guidelines


Primary Judging
A panel of celebrities and industry professionals will rate the entries based on the following criteria:

  1. Spiritual statement – how well does the movie express a relevant issue from a Christian worldview?
  2. Creativity – how creative and artistic is the movie?
  3. Originality – Is the story new and fresh?
  4. Technical merit – how well is the movie directed, filmed, edited, etc?


Notice of acceptance and approximate schedule will be announced on February 24, 2017

Teen Division awards:

First Place: Somewhere near $765.43

Second Place: Close to $654.32

Third Place: About $543.21

Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Spiritual Message, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Original Score

College Division awards

Best of College: $750.17

Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Spiritual Message, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Original Score

Award winners will receive their trophies or giant checks with their team on stage. If the winners or their representatives cannot be present, their awards, trophies, and or checks (not the giant ones) will be shipped pre-paid.

To enter: upload and pay at FilmFreeway.com , send releases and credits to joe@christianyouthfilmfestival.org, or mail to:

CYFF Entry
PO BOX 1474
Bakersfield, CA 93302

Each entry will receive two really cool all-access passes to the festival which include admission, snack bar credit, a flash drive with the 2017 CYFF movies, and a backstage dinner reception with our celebrity judges and the CYFS board of directors ($100 value).

Tickets will be available online by February 1st. Or you can personally purchase tickets after February 1st at:

Youth for Christ, 2131 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93304 during regular business hours.

The Majestic Fox Theater Box Office, and various other locations throughout the wild wild west


For more information send questions to info@ChristianYouthFilmFestival.org
For autographed photo of Joe L Brown; joe@ChristianYouthFilmFestival.org


Rules for the 23rd annual CYFF, March 5, 2017
  • The contest is open to youth groups and organizations. No individual submissions will be accepted. Cash awards will be payable to the main contact, usually the producer.
  • Two divisions: Teen (Middle school / High school; generally 12-18yrs.); and College; (generally 19-22yrs). It's understood that ages of students within youth groups will vary and sometimes overlap. Generally, a student's membership in a group, instead of their age, will determine their eligibility. Teams with students in both divisions will be entered into the College division. However, we really must draw the line for college students over 22 years old. It's probably time for them to move on to career, singles, or young marrieds groups. Please contact us if you need further clarification.
  • All movies must have begun production after March 6, 2016. Writing and pre-production may be earlier.
  • Primary positions for talent and crew must be within the specified age range. Only supporting roles may be from outside the age brackets. Writing, crew, and post production must be done by those of age within their division. If any crew or talent are outside the division age bracket, they will be inelligible for award consideration and movie may be disqualified.
  • Minimal adult help is allowed and encouraged. This means adults may advise or demonstrate with the goal of teaching. Adults may drive, help secure equipment and locations, or provide the pizza. Adults should strive to help kids be better filmmakers, learn new skills, and develop hidden talents.
  • Movies must be family friendly, wholesome, and compatible with a Biblical Christian worldview.
  • All music copyright, talent, and location releases must be provided with each entry. Best Original Score award will only be considered for original musical scores written specifically for this entry.
  • Each ministry or organization may submit up to three movies.
  • Running time is limited to ten minutes, not including credits. Accurate and complete credits are required on-screen and on file. Credits and outtakes might not be screened at discretion of the CYFF.
  • Entries must be uploaded online according to guidelines. An additional backup flash drive or DVD may be sent "just in case". 
  • Final entry deadline and fee is $100.00 if received by 11:59pm, Monday, February 20th, 2017 Later entries will not be accepted or returned.
  • (Regular entry fee is $75.00 if received by 11:59pm, Monday, February 6, 2017)

  • (Super Early-bird entry fee is $50.00 if received by 11:59pm, Monday, January 23, 2017)


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