A True Independent Film Crew Experience,
The 2018 AAHSFF Film Invitational!

The purpose of the Film Invitational is to provide an immersive, real-world experience for student filmmakers.    


The 2018 Film Invitational has four separate competition options for student production teams. At the heart of all four competitions is the 10-week pre-production process, enabling your team to prepare and produce your best possible submission.

2018 Film Invitational registration is now CLOSED. Congratulations to all of the 50+ teams who will be competing in this year's competitions. If your team has been accepted your team leader should have received a confirmation email. Please note that your team is not officially registered until your team has submitted the registration fee. All Welcome Packets and assets will be sent out to teams on August 1st. If you have any questions please email tom@aahsff.com. See you in New York City!

How It Works: 

The competition starts August 1st when your team receives the F.I. on-boarding packet. In this packet you will find all of the details, rules, prompts and release forms for the competition. During the 10-week pre-production phase each team will write their script, plan their shoot and secure locations and actors (with assistance from the AAHSFF Team). The competition culminates when each team comes to New York City to film, shoot and edit. The Film Invitational Headquarters will be located at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel. Films will be judged and reviewed, winners will be announced at the Teen Indie Awards on Sunday. 

"I can't thank you enough for the opportunity to bring m kids to New York. the Kids have been exclaiming how much they have learned and they are all inspired to work hard and submit more projects for next year's festival. What you guys have put together has been an inspiration for thousands of students." - Michael Logan, Prosper High School

"Thank you so much for an amazing, invaluable immersion experience. My students are still amped up reflecting on AAHSFF & F.I. Through laughter, tears, joy, frustration, celebration -- we learned so much, enjoyed the city, and felt like real filmmakers. This opportunity is unparalleled. We had so much fun tother and returned to Austin with amazing memories and take-aways." - Emily McIntyre, Westlake High School

The Complete Film Invitational Experience: 3 Day Shoot & Edit

This is the BIG ONE! The Complete F.I. Experience provides student filmmakers the opportunity to become a true independent film crew. Over the course of the 10-week pre-production period participating teams will be responsible for every aspect of creating a short narrative film: ideation, script writing, location scouting, casting, shoot schedules and more. This preparation is designed to put teams in the best possible position to successfully shoot and edit their film in New York City over the course of 3 days.

For detailed information please visit www.hsfilmfest.com/the-complete-experience

2017 The Complete F.I. Experience Winning Film

"The Last Check "
by Henry J Kaiser High School

Editing Challenge: 1 Day Edit

This is your opportunity to work as a post-production story producer and editor. For this competition, you’ll be reworking pre-existing video content and turning it into your own unique story. 10 weeks prior to the on-site competition in New York City you (or your team) will be provided with watermarked professional film content. You will use the 10 weeks of pre-production to preview and study the content in order to create a unique story. You can also use the pre-production period to create voiceovers, gather music and sound FX, and work on title cards, animations, etc. Once you arrive in New York City, you will make your plan a reality in the edit bay.

For detailed information please visit www.hsfilmfest.com/editing-challenge


2017 Editing Challenge Winning Film

"City of Dreams "
by Bloomington High School South

Claustrophobic Creativity: 2 Day Shoot & Edit

New for 2018! Sometimes simple is simply...  better. Following in the footsteps of classic one-room Hollywood movies such as, 12 Angry Men, Rear Window and Rope, teams in this competition will have 2 days to shoot and edit a 2 to 4 minute film that is completely shot in one room.

For detailed information please visit www.hsfilmfest.com/claustrophobic-creativity-challenge


Broadcast Journalism: 2 Day Shoot & Edit

Broadcast Journalism in New York City is super competitive, so we decided to join the fun! NYC is the # 1 media market in the nation with a constant flow of new stories on every topic imaginable. If you want to test your journalistic skills THIS IS THE PLACE TO DO IT!

For detailed information please visit www.hsfilmfest.com/broadcast-journalism-challenge