Friday 10/7/16 - 8pm to 11pm

Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture 

(2 W 64th St, New York, NY 10025)

Yes, we're in a historic theater for our Opening Night Ceremony... Ho Hum? Heck No! We are definitely bringing the party!!! Expect a musically-themed night that will have you dancing in the aisles! 


  • Live musical performances 

  • Special Guest Q&A: Andrew Jenks and Ryan Ferguson of MTV's new hit show Unlocking the Truth

  • Special Film Screenings including: A unique behind the scenes visit with the White House videography team filmed by AAHSFF alumni.

Oh, AND... We'll be awarding 11 categories featuring thousands of dollars worth of prizes!

Award presentations for:

Best Middle School Award

Best Micro Movie Award

Best Broadcast Journalism Award

Best Action Sports Award

Best PSA Award

Best Original Score Award

Best Editing Award

Best International Award

Best Screenplay Award

Best Music Video Award

Best Super Senior Award (for filmmakers 19-25)

****Snacks and water will be provided****


Saturday 10/8/16 - 10aM TO 6pm

Location: AMC Times Square

(234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036)


  • 500+ Screenings of the best high school films from around the world 

  • Interactive Technology Showcase featuring Apple and Blackmagic Design

  • The Nation's Largest Film School College Fair (w/ free lunch)


SATURDAY 10/8/16 - 8pm TO 11PM


(234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036)


  • Best of Fest Screenings w/ networking Event to follow

  • What it is: Best of Fest is two, 2-hour screenings (yes, you’ll have to choose!) of some of the best films from our hundreds of official selections. It’s your chance to see the very best of AAHSFF and offers a glimpse into our award nominees. Please note we will not be able to screen all award nominees during Best of Fest. Just because you don’t see your film in our BOF screening loops doesn't mean that you are not being considered for an award.

*The films in Best of Fest will not be announced prior to the screening*


Sunday 10/9/16 - 10AM TO 4PM


(234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036)

  • 10:00 AM 3rd Floor: Special IMAX screening of "A Beautiful Planet" followed by a Q&A with the films director Toni Myers 

  • Screenings of the best high school films from around the world

  • Industry Insider Panel Discussions (Floor 6, Theater 25) 

    • Beyond Directing: Jobs in the Film Industry 11:30 am to 12:45 pm

    • Apple (Details to follow shortly) 1:00pm to 2:15pm

    • Breaking Through: From Pre-Production to Distribution 2:30pm to 3:45pm


  • Hands-On Workshops (Floor 6, Theater 24)

    • Ithaca - 10:00 am to 11:15am

    • NYFA - 11:30am to 12:45pm

    • Prodigy Camp - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

    • Blackmagic Design - 2:30pm to 3:45pm


  • Film Invitational Competition Screenings

    • Film Invitational screenings will take place on floor 5 in theater 18

  • Super Senior Screenings (for submissions from 19-25 year olds) 


Sunday 10/9/16

Private Bus Transportation Pick-Up

5:00 PM to 5:45 PM

Patrons who purchased private bus transportation tickets will be picked up between 5:00 PM and 5:45 PM outside the Millennium Broadway Hotel (145 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036). Multiple buses will be required and will be filled on a first come first served basis. The bus ride to Kings Theater is roughly 40 minutes.

*Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the festival.*

6:30pM TO 11PM

LOCATION: Kings Theatre

(1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226)


  • Featuring:

  • Live musical entertainment

    • 7pm to 8pm RockItLive

      • The Rockit Live Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization where young musicians ages 8 to 18 join in a premier rock ’n' roll band experience. Students audition, learn a specific repertoire of songs supplemented with private instruction, and after 6 weeks, perform live on the ultimate concert stage of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ.

  • Elevation Award Recipient: Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect and Love Is Louder

  • Other special celebrity guests

  • 40' red carpet for all attendees

    • 6pm to 8pm

*Preliminary Schedule. Subject to change.*