Youth silent film competition announced

Wake up, future Steven Spielbergs.

Organizers of the International Youth Silent Film Festival announced today the submission deadline for the Pacific Northwest Regionals to be held at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, will be on April 15.

The top 45 films will be screened over the three-day festival to be held in May.

“We challenge all young filmmakers, writers and visual artists to compete in the festival.  Nothing beats the trill of seeing your film on the big screen to a live audience,” noted Jon “JP” Palanuk, president of the festival.

The top three films will compete for the International Prize to be awarded during the International Awards Ceremony and Screening to be held at the Hollywood Theater in June of 2014.

This year marks the fourth year of the festival, which hosts regional competitions across the globe.  Filmmakers under the age of twenty are challenged to make a three-minute silent movie, selecting one of six original musical themes for their movie from the festival website.  Screening finalists will get to see their film on the big screen, and compete for several prizes.

See our web site for other regional competitions and submission deadlines across the globe at

The International Youth Silent Film Festival is presented in collaboration with Palanuk, organist Nathan Avakian, and the Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.  For more information, visit or contact the organizers at [email protected].