Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival

Reel Expressions 2017 – Submit Your Film!

THANK YOU for making the 2016 Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival a huge success! We will be accepting submissions for 2017 from DECEMBER 19 until June 30, 2017!
Click the link below to submit your original short film.

A few short rules:

1. Films must be under 10 minutes in length
2. Filmmakers must be under the age of 21 at the time of production
3. Films may be of various genres, however, content must be appropriate for teen audiences

Please submit your film through!

Grand Prize: $500 and a trophy
First Runner Up: Trophy and recognition
Second Runner Up: Trophy and recognition

The creators of accepted films may be asked to speak on a Q&A panel at our annual showcase!

Remember: There’s no YOUth MEdia without YOU and ME!

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What Is Reel Expressions?

Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival (Reel Expressions) is an exhibition of youth-produced film annually hosted by Spark Media Project. Since 2013, Reel Expressions has encompassed Spark’s goals: to encourage youth creativity, to invigorate our local community through the arts, and to showcase the incredible work done by this next generation of media-makers.

This annual festival features a juried selection of youth-produced short films created by teens from our community and from around the world, providing a coveted opportunity for ambitious young artists to showcase their work in front of hundreds of film enthusiasts. The final showcase, held in Poughkeepsie, NY, offers a diverse representation of youth media, followed by a Q&A with various filmmakers in attendance.

The films shown are most suitable for ages 13 and older, as many contain topics and themes not suitable for a younger audience. For a look at our festival FAQ page, click here.

Join us for our annual festival, held this fall, to view our finalist showcase, and to find out who the Grand Prize winner will be!

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Check out these film reels from previous years!


And here’s a recap of the night for those of you who were unable to attend, or who want to relive all the fun, excitement, and youth creativity!






Free Tickets for Youth Ages 21 and Younger!

The deadline for signing up for free tickets has not yet opened – for info, please contact us at 845-485-4480.

Reel Expressions Sponsorships and Ad Placement

All Reel Expressions Sponsors are entitled to advertising space in our event program.
See our Sponsorship Page for details.

If you would like to be a Reel Expressions Sponsor or to promote your business by Advertising in our Event Program, please call Development Associate Sarah Weikel  845-485-4480, or e-mail

Looking back at Reel Expressions 2014

We successful celebrated our 20th anniversary and 2nd annual Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival on Saturday, September 27th with over 400 attendees. Guests were able to express their creative side through participating in our various interactive media exhibits. Local dance troupe, M*Power, delivered an electric performance during the opening ceremony where we honored our esteemed founder, Maria Marewski.

The night continued on with a phenomenal showcase of carefully selected films. Our experienced judges awarded several prizes, including the grand prize of $500. After the show, the youth filmmakers engaged in a Q&A session with the audience.

To conclude the night, our Executive Director, Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, unveiled our new name, Spark Media Project,  with a special film produced locally by Stage6 Media.  Check out the video below (provided by HVNN, the Media Magic Blog, or the RE2014 Album for more!