April 18th, 2014

International Youth Silent Film Festival

The Renaissance Education Department proudly announces its collaboration with the International Youth Silent Film Festival! This prestigious competition is a chance for filmmakers under the age of 20 to create a modern version of silent film, see it on the big screen with live accompaniment, and win cash prizes up to $1000!

For event details and to see a full list of finalists, click here.

 Do you know a young filmmaker?

The 2014 International Youth Silent Film Festival is open to all filmmakers aged 20 or younger as of April 12, 2014. Filmmakers must use pre-recorded music for their films, and can choose from six themes:  Slapstick, Action, Horror, Mystery, Romance, and Sci-Fi. Music samples for each theme are available on www.makesilentfilm.com. 

For the first time, filmmakers from seven states will submit their work to the MidWest Regional Competition. Finalists will be invited to the showing of their work for the two-day Silent Film Festival at the Renaissance on April 12, 2014. The event will not only showcase the wonderful historic theatre, but also introduce the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ to a whole new generation of youth as they have their original films accompanied by renowned organist and composer Nathan Avakian.  

Separate prizes will be awarded to the MidWest Regional winners for first, second and third
place films, and these winners will also be eligible to be included in the International Awards Screening and Ceremony to be held in June, 2014 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. 

The MidWest Region will accept films from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. All submissions must be received no later than February 14, 2014. To submit, send your entry form and three DVD copies of your film to:

The Renaissance

Attn: YSFF Submissions

138 Park Ave. West

Mansfield, OH 44902

All films must be family-friendly/appropriate for viewers of all ages. Filmmakers must use only original footage and no copyrighted material. Decisions of the jury members will be final. For more information on the Festival and submission guidelines, visit www.makesilentfilm.com or contact the organizers at info@makesilentfilm.com