General Event Questions: 

A: What is the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF)?

Q: The AAHSFF is the world's largest high school and middle school film festival. The festival experience offers a wide range of entertainment and resources offering young filmmakers a grand stage to showcase their talent and connect with the resources they crave. 

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

  • The Nation’s Largest Film School & Media Arts College Fair featuring 25+ colleges and universities from around the country all here to recruit the best high school filmmakers to their programs (Includes a free lunch for all attendees!).

  • Technology Showcase featuring interactive displays showcasing the latest film industry products and software.

  • Panel Discussions and Workshops featuring industry leading experts and hands-on learning opportunities all based on topics chosen by student filmmakers.

  • Opening Night Party/Networking Events give young filmmakers the chance to cut loose and celebrate the weekend with their peers. Students often walk away with new friends to collaborate with on future projects.

  • Best of Fest/Networking Event featuring three 2-hour loops of the year’s most entertaining films followed by a networking event for young filmmakers with a shared passion for all things film.

  • Teen Indie Awards Show is the Oscars for high school arts students. The formal event features a 40ft long red carpet/step & repeat, celebrity presenters and awarding over $400,00 in prizes and scholarships.

  • Photog Fest presented by Jostens is the premiere high school photography festival in the country. Includes: A formal gallery exhibit in Chelsea, panels and workshops, networking events and award presentations at the Teen indie Awards
  • Film Invitational Competitions featuring a variety of on-site competitions designed to offer student filmmakers and their high school film programs a chance to participate in a true independent filmmaking experience in New York City.

Q: When is the 2018 AAHSFF?

A: The 2018 AAHSFF will be from October 5th - 7th, 2018.

  • ***The Film Invitational will be from October 3rd to the 5th 2018***

Q: Where is the 2018 AAHSFF?

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 Awards Show will take place at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn (1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226).

*Opening night party location TBD.

2018 Festival Submission Questions 

Q: When can I submit to the 2018 festival?

A:

  • Free Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2017 - April 15th, 2018 (FREE!)
  • Late Submission Deadline: April 16th, 2018 - May 14, 2018 ($20)
  • Final Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2018 - June 18th, 2018 ($35)
  • I am a Procrastinator Deadline: June 19th, 2018 - July 1st, 2018 ($50)

Q: Can current seniors in High School submit even though they will have graduated by the time the festival takes place in October?

A: Yes! We welcome submissions from current seniors and usually see a lot of college freshman come to see their work in October. 

Q: Can Middle School students submit to the AAHSFF?

A: Yes, Middle School students can submit any genre of film that is 5 minutes or less to our Middle School category. If your film is over 5 minutes in length you are welcome to submit it to one of of our categories, but please keep in mind you will be competing against high school students. 

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).

Q: Can I use copyrighted music, video and/or images in my film?

A: NO! You must use free music, video and/or images in your submission or acquire the proper rights to from the legal owner of the content.  Please be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully when looking for permission to use music, video and/or images. We received many quality submissions that did not use licensed music, video and/or 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.

Q: Are there any restrictions on content submitted to the festival?

A: We respect that every young filmmaker wants to share their own unique voice. However, we do not accept any submissions containing nudity or gratuitous violence or language. 

  • Gratuitous - uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted. 
    • synonyms: unjustified, uncalled for, unwarratned, unprovoked, undue

Official Selection Questions

Q: How do I find out if my film was chosen as an official selection?  

A: 2018 Official Selections will be announced on July 16th, 2018. 

Q: What does it mean to be an "Official Selection" ?

A: All films that are "Official Selections" will be screened on either Saturday October 6th or Sunday October 7th at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. As an Official Selection your film is eligible to win an award. All winners will be announced at the Teen Indie Awards Show. 

Q: If I am not an Official Selection should I/can I attend the festival?

A: Yes, we encourage all student filmmakers and/or fans of film to attend the festival. For those filmmakers that were not chosen as an Official Selection the festival provides a great opportunity to learn more about filmmaking and network with like-minded peers for future collaborations. There are many examples of students not earning an Official Selection nod one year to only submit the following year and win an award. We encourage all filmmakers to follow their passions and to continue their pursuit of the filmmaking dream.

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. 

Q: Am I still eligible for prizes if I don't attend the festival?

A: Yes, you do not need to be present to win an award. 

Q: Are all awards announced at the Teen Indie Awards Show?

A: Yes, the winners of every category will be announced live at the 2018 Teen Indie Awards. However, due to time constraints at the awards show some finalists will be announced throughout the festival weekend on social media. 

Ticket Related Questions

Q: Where can I purchase tickets for the 2018 AAHSFF? 

A: Tickets will go on sale in May of 2018 on hsfilmfest.com.

Q: Can anyone purchase a ticket to the festival?

A: Yes, any fan of film is more than welcome to purchase a ticket to the festival. 

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. We assure you that the event experience is unparalleled and worth the price of admission. 

Q: Will I receive my tickets before the event or will they be available at "Will Call"?

A: All tickets purchased before September 15th 2018 will be mailed in advance of the festival to the address you provided during the checkout process. Any ticket(s) purchased after September 15th 2017 will be available for pick up at "Will Call". There will be additional tickets available for purchase at the door of the event. 

Q: Where is "Will Call" 

A: A "Will Call" or box office will be set up at every venue the festival has an event. Please kindly ask a volunteer in a yellow shirt where you can pick up your tickets and they will direct you to Will Call. 

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. 

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 2017 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 $29. This ticket can be purchased on our ticket page. 

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

Q: Do you have directions from the fest hotels to the various venues being used throughout the weekend?

A: 

  • Millennium Broadway To:

    • Option 1: IMAX Opening Night Party  (Galvanize, Address: 315 Hudson St. New York, NY 10013): Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right onto 44th street. Walk to the end of the block and turn left onto 7th avenue. Walk 2 blocks on 7th avenue to the 42nd street subway station. Board the downtown red 1 train. Take the 1 train 7 stops to the Houston St. stop. Once you exit the subway station walk down Varick St (with traffic) to the corner of King St. Turn right on King St. and walk one block to the corner of Hudson St. Turn left on Hudson St. and walk 2.5 blocks to 315 Hudson St. Estimated travel time: 18 minutes.

    • Option 2: Live Music Opening Night Party (Center For Social Innovation NYC, Address: 601 West 26th Street Suite #325, NY, NY 10001): Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right onto 44th street. Walk to the end of the block and turn left onto 7th avenue. Walk 2 blocks on 7th avenue to the 42nd street subway station. Board the 7 train going west towards 34th St. Hudson Yards. Take the train 1 stop to Hudson Yards. Exit the subway station and turn left on 34th St. Walk 1 block to 11th ave. and turn left. Walk down 11th ave. for 8 blocks and turn right on 26th St. Walk to 601 West 26th St. Estimated travel time: 18 minutes

    • AMC: Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right onto 44th street. Walk to the end of the block and turn left onto 7th avenue. Walk 2 blocks on 7th avenue to the 42nd street and turn right. Walk ¾ of the block and the AMC will be on your left. Estimated travel time: 5 minutes.

    • Caelum Gallery (526 West 26th St. Suite 315 NY, NY 10001): Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right onto 44th street. Walk to the end of the block and turn left onto 7th avenue. Walk 2 blocks on 7th avenue to the 42nd street subway station. Board the 7 train going west towards 34th St. Hudson Yards. Take the train 1 stop to Hudson Yards. Exit the subway station and turn left on 34th St. Walk 1 block to 11th ave. and turn left. Walk down 11th ave. for 8 blocks and turn left on 26th St. Walk to 526 West 26th St. Estimated travel time: 18 minutes

    • Kings Theater: Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right onto 44th street. Walk to the end of the block and turn left onto 7th avenue. Walk 2 blocks on 7th avenue to the 42nd street subway station. Board the yellow Q train (Towards Brooklyn, Coney Island). Take the Q train 9 stops to the Beverley Road station. Exit the Subway Station and turn right. Walk 6 ½ blocks on Beverly Rd to Flatbush Ave and turn left. The Kings Theater will be ½ block down on the right. Estimated travel time: 44 minutes

  • Sheraton To:

    • Option 1: IMAX Opening Night Party (Galvanize, Address: 315 Hudson St. New York, NY 10013): Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right onto 7th ave. Walk to the end of the block and turn right. Enter the subway station for the blue E train going downtown. Take the downtown E train 7 stops to Spring St. Exit the the subway station on Vandam St. Walk with traffic on Vandam St. fro two blocks to the corner of Hudson St. Turn left on Hudson St. and walk to 315 Hudson St. Estimated travel time: 18 minutes

    • Option 2: Live Music Opening Night Party (Center For Social Innovation NYC, Address: 601 West 26th Street Suite #325, New York, NY 10001): Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right onto 7th ave. Walk to the end of the block and turn right. Enter the subway station for the blue E train going downtown. Take the downtown E train 4 stops to Jamaica Center. Exit the subway station and turn right on 8th ave (walking with traffic). Walk up 8th Ave. 3 blocks to 26th St. and turn left. Walk across 26th St. 3.5 avenues (you will cross over 9th, 10th and 11th ave.). Enter 601 West 26th st. Estimated travel time: 21 minutes

    • AMC: Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn left onto 7th avenue. Walk down 7th avenue for 9 blocks to 42nd street and turn right. Walk ¾ of the block and the AMC will be on your left. Estimated travel time: 14 minutes.

    • Caelum Gallery (526 West 26th St. Suite 315 NY, NY 10001): Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right onto 7th ave. Walk to the end of the block and turn right. Enter the subway station for the blue E train going downtown. Take the downtown E train 4 stops to Jamaica Center. Exit the subway station and turn right on 8th ave (walking with traffic). Walk up 8th Ave. 3 blocks to 26th St. and turn left. Walk across 26th St. 2.5 avenues (you will cross over 9th and 10th). Enter 526 West 26th st. Estimated travel time: 19 minutes

    • Kings Theater: Exit the hotel via the main entrance and turn right out onto 7th avenue. Walk up 7th avenue for 4 blocks to 47th St. Enter the Subway Station for the yellow Q train. Board the yellow Q train (Towards Brooklyn, Coney Island). Take the Q train 10 stops to the Beverley Road station. Exit the Subway Station and turn right. Walk 6 ½ blocks on Beverly Rd to Flatbush Ave and turn left. The Kings Theater will be ½ block down on the right. Estimated travel time: 44 minutes