General Event Questions:
Q: When is the 2016 AAHSFF?
A: The 2016 AAHSFF will be from October 7th - 9th, 2016.
Q: Where will the 2016 AAHSFF be?
A: The festival will be in New York City. The screenings, panels, technology showcase and college fair will all take place at the AMC Empire 25 Theaters in Times Square (234 W42nd St NY NY 10036). The Opening Night Ceremony will take place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall (2 W 64th St, New York, NY 10025). The Awards Show will take place at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn (1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226).
Official Selection Questions
Q: How do I find out if my film was chosen as an official selection?
A: All official selections are currently posted on our website. Click here to see the full list.
Q: What is the difference between an "Official Selection" and a "Award Nominee"?
A: There is no difference between an "Official Selection" and an "Award Nominee". All films that are "Official Selections" and thus screened are eligible to win an award. All finalists will be announced at either the Opening Night Ceremony or the Teen Indie Awards Show followed by the winner. We will announce what awards will be announce at which event on or before 9/1/16. Even if you aren't an "Official Selection" you should still be proud of your accomplishments. You are competing against the best high school filmmakers from around the world with many films separated by subtle differences. The judging of art is always a subjective, difficult process. As always, we encourage you to continue to pursue your passion in film and come enjoy the event.
Q: I saw a clip of my film in a highlight reel does this mean I am an Official Selection?
A: Video highlight reels represent all submissions not just Official Selections. We do our best to give all films exposure and try to include examples of all student work.
Ticket Related Questions
Q: Where can I purchase tickets for the 2016 AAHSFF?
A: Tickets are currently on sale on this website. Click here to be taken to the ticket page.
Q: Do filmmakers get free tickets/access to the film festival.
A: Unfortunately we are unable to offer tickets for free at this time. We continue to work with our partners and sponsors to make this happen, but at this time all tickets will need to be purchased.
Q: Will I receive my tickets before the event or will they be available at "Will Call"?
A: All tickets purchased before September 15th 2016 will be mailed in advance of the festival to the addressed you provide during the checkout process. Any ticket(s) purchased after September 15th 2016 will be available for pick up at "Will Call". There will be additional tickets available for purchase at the door of the event.
Transportation Related Questions
Q: Does AAHSFF provide transportation to the festival for nominated filmmakers?
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to provide transportation at this time. We continue to look for sponsors/partners who are willing to help with these costs. We have secured discounted hotel rates far below the normal rates in NYC. Click here for hotel discount information.
We suggest planning your trip early and working on fundraising throughout the year. In previous years schools have made commercials for local businesses, applied for grants and scholarships from their local Rotary Club and other organizations, asked their school district to help fund the trip, started an IndieGoGo campaign, as well as held car washes, bake sales and penny drives. In 2015, many students traveled to the festival from around the country. They all worked hard throughout the year to make the trip a reality.
Q: How do I get to the Teen Indie Awards at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, NY?
A: By Private Festival Bus: We are offering transportation to and from the Millennium Broadway Hotel in Times Square to the Kings Theater by private bus for $25. This ticket can be purchased on our ticket page here.
Subway: Coming from the Times Square area: Enter the main Subway Station on 42nd St. and 7th Ave. Find and follow signs to the platform for the Yellow Q train. Board the Q train towards Brooklyn/Coney Island. Once on the Q train you will know you are headed in the correct direction if the next stop is 34th st. Penn Station (don't get off here). Take the Q train to Beverly Road. Exit subway station and there will be volunteers to direct you to the Kings Theater. Estimated time: 43 minutes
Taxi/Uber: Hail a taxi or request an Uber. Address of Kings Theater: 1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
2017 Festival Questions
Q: When will submissions re-open for the 2017 AAHSFF?
A: Free submissions will re-open in November for the 2017 AAHSFF.
Q: Can I submit more than one film?
A: Yes! Filmmakers can submit multiple entries.
Q: Can films be submitted to more than one category?
A: No. Please select the category that best fits your film.
Q: Are group projects accepted?
A: Yes! Be sure to indicate all directors on the submission form.
Q: Does AAHSFF accept submissions from outside the United States?
A: Of course! Don’t let our name fool you. We encourage all young filmmakers to submit their films (as long as they were in high school upon project completion). In fact, we have added an International Award for the 2015 festival.
Q: Can I use copyrighted music and/or images in my film?
A: NO! You must use free music and/or images in your submission. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully when looking for permission to use music and/or images. We received many quality submissions that did not use licensed music/images, thus disqualifying them from being screened. Be careful! And remember, you can always create original music-- we even have an Original Score Award! For more information on where to find music you can use please go to our resources page.