Open to Youth 15 – 24


Prizes Awarded in the following categories

  • Best Documentary
  • Best Drama
  • Best Experimental
  • Best Editing
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Script
  • Best Sound Design

Entry deadline
February 23, 2020
No Entry Fee

Winners will be announced at our public screening at the Patricia Theatre. Admission by donation.

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  • This is an open contest — all genres of films are accepted. In the past, winners have included dramas, comedies, animation, documentaries, and unique films which could not be categorized.
  • No professional filmmakers, actors, or other film-industry professionals. This is an amateur contest.
  • Contestants must be 15 to 24 years old on Jan.1, 2020.
  • Films must have been made since Jan.1, 2020.
  • Films must be no longer than 5 minutes in length. This includes credits.
  • Your film may be played in a theatre for a public audience of all ages during the Powell River Film Festival, and proceeds from admissions will go to the Powell River Film Festival. Your film may be posted to our website our Facebook site or other websites, or shown in future screenings by the Film Festival. Winners may be asked to submit or upload a compressed digital file of their video for the internet as well as a higher resolution screening DVD.
  • Depending on entries received prizes may not be awarded in all categories.
  • The Powell River Film Festival, its staff, volunteers, and sponsors accept no responsibility for any liabilities, injuries, accidents, or costs incurred in the production, processing or handling of your entry or incurred by you if you attend the Powell River Film Festival and Adventures in Film Camp.
  • Films must be submitted and received by February 23, 2020.

Announcing the 2109 Winners!

Best Drama
Chloe Yin, A Darker Shade of Blue
Port Moody Secondary School


Best Documentary
Khaled Ahmad, Mohamed B., Rami Al Mitwali, Fouad Hammond, Mohamed & Rami’s Story
Reel Youth


Best Experimental
Brittney Appleby, Devoid
Emily Carr University of Art + Design


Best Animation
Shay La, Night Terrors
Powell River Digital Film School


Best Music Video
Léa Sapphire, Bad Child
Youth Media Project, Comox Valley Art Gallery


Best Cinematography
Kaiwen Zhenggu, Director: Mengxue Ziam, Soul Pawnshop
Emily Carr University of Art + Design


Best Editing & Sound Design
Islay McKechnie, Caged
Youth Media Project, Comox Valley Art Gallery


The 2018 Winners

Best Drama
Chloe Yin, The Child Who Walks Backwards
Port Moody Secondary, Port Moody


Best Experimental
Chloe Yin, Compliance
Port Moody Secondary, Port Moody


Best Editing & Special Effects
Shailen Tailor, Quixotic
Port Moody Secondary, Port Moody


Best Cinematography
Meira Gimenes, Perception camera
Heritage Woods Secondary, Port Moody


Best Script
Amanda Blake, To You
Heritage Woods Secondary, Port Moody


Best Sound Design
Andrew Enevoldson, Nonsense
Carihi Senior Secondary, Campbell River


Best Concept
Kaylin Schober, Millenial Housing Crisis
Chatelech Secondary, Sechelt


Best Comedy
Carrie Chen, This is How I Never Confessed
Port Moody Secondary, Port Moody




As well as entering our 5-Minute Film Contest, you can contact your local Rotary Club to apply for a sponsorship covering film camp fees.

The Film Camp facilities are wheelchair accessible.