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About the festival

The Princeton Student Film & Video Festival is sponsored by the Princeton Public Library. The mission of the festival is to encourage and support the work of youth filmmakers in a range of genres and styles, with the opportunity and a venue for the filmmakers to show their work to a broad audience. The festival is open to local, national and international high school and college students (and home-schooled, unschooled or not in school youth) ages 14-25.

The festival is in its 13th year and will be held on July 20 & 21, 2016 at the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ. Please go to the entry form and guidelines to submit a film for consideration. There is no fee to enter.

For more information about the festival please contact: Susan Conlon, 609.924.9529 ext. 1247.


Past Years Programs

Congratulations to the 2015 PSF&VF filmmakers! Our festival continues to grow, and we received nearly 200 original films from high school and college-aged students from around the world. We thank all of the filmmakers who submitted their work for consideration. There were so many outstanding films, and while we could not include them all, we are very grateful for the time spent in the creative process of making the films and the additional effort in submitting them to us for consideration.

For a detailed look at the films, check out the 2015 program guide.


Plastics Are Forever by Louise Bartolotta
Geno by Phillip Stankus
No Sleep by Alexa Werrlein
Pieces of Belmar by Zack Morrison
Apples by Betsy Chao
8.3 by Talia Zinder
Model Life by Tom Reynolds
Jolo's Kitchen by Brandon Barr
Dead Flowers by Jessica Dotson
It Hit Upon the Roof by Teymour Ghaderi
The Pilot by Jonathan McGuire
Desintegración by Álvaro Martín


The Word Search by Justin Boswick
Adrift by Chris Ortega
Sissy Can't Sleep by Jesse Lucks
I Am Human by Taylor Clark
My 2014 Neighbor by Anya Zulueta
Do The Right Thing by Khalid Khalil
Passions by Isaiah Jimenez-Mackson
Underneath by Jessica Marcus
Horseface by Marc Martínez Jordán
Wolf of the Woods by Evan Maron
The Presenter by Darcy Thompson
Rosso Papavero by Martin Smatana



Film Resources

Outlets for Filmmakers:

Educational Video Center (EVC)

Ghetto Film School



NJ Festivals & Resources:

New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission

Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center: Home of the New Jersey Film Festival and the U.S. Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival.


Reviews & Other Film Info Sources:

Academic Film Archive of North America

American Film Institute

Film Society of Lincoln Center


Great Directors Database



News & Media Resources:

Creative Commons: Share, remix, reuse -- legally.

The Freesound Project: The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License.

Free Music Project: FREE!MUSIC aims to popularize the idea of free distribution of music for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Mondo Times: Links to more than 14,000 media outlets in 211 countries.

NewsHour Extra: Find stories written for students, media resources, and interactive reports based on content from the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the nightly news broadcast on PBS.

New York Times Learning Network

Newslink: Links to over 3,400 U.S. newspapers.

Paper Tiger: Paper Tiger Television (PTTV) is an open, non-profit, volunteer video collective. PTTV programs analyze and critique issues involving media, culture and politics.