Film Festivals

Diamond Screen Film Festival

The Diamond Screen Film Festival has gained recognition for showcasing some of the best work by up-and-coming filmmakers in Temple University’s Film and Media Arts program. This annual event showcases the most creative and outstanding student work in the documentary, narrative, experimental and animation categories. By bringing local gems to the screen, the Diamond Screen Film Festival invokes Temple University founder Russell Conwell’s “Acres of Diamonds” speech: the next generation of filmmakers is creating inventive, compelling work here in Temple’s own backyard. Winners are selected from more than 150 entries by a panel of judges made up of Temple alumni and noted names in the industry.

The Temple FMA Department grants several awards to entrants, including the Benjamin Lazaroff Memorial Scholarship Fund (awarded to undergraduate or graduate FMA students who show excellence in screenwriting) and the Beatrice Deglin Leder Graduate Student Film and Video Production Award Fund (awarded to an outstanding FMA graduate student).

In addition, the Diamond Screen Film Festival awards exciting prizes to winners. Prizes have been sponsored by some of the most important companies in independent filmmaking, including DIVE/Shooters Post & Transfer, NFL Films, Cisco, Jungle Software, Other World Computing, Avid Technology, Focal Press, Videosmith, Gorilla Software, and Final Draft, Inc.

For more information and for submission details, visit the Diamond Screen Film Festival web site


Run by Temple graduate students and co-sponsored by the University Film and Video Association, NextFrame has provided a forum for student film from around the world since 1993.

NextFrame features animation, experimental, documentary and narrative work. To encourage the most diversity in entries, the festival offers low entry fees and few restrictions on length and format. Unlike a traditional festival that screens at a single theater or city, the award-winning NextFrame films embark on a year-long international tour. These selected films screen in dozens of cities throughout the United States and around the globe.

For more information, including details on how to submit a film or how to bring the tour to your venue, go to the NextFrame web site.

Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival

The Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival highlights the talent and abilities of the Mid-Atlantic regional young filmmakers. Sponsored by Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts, the festival was named in honor of former Temple undergraduate film student, Derek Freese, and is held at Temple each spring. The Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival offers young filmmakers in age 12 through 18 an opportunity to screen their work for their peers and film professionals and to compete for awards in the narrative, experimental, documentary, animation and other several categories.

For more information, visit the Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival web site.

The Film Festival Circuit

There are, of course, thousands of film festivals all over the world, with a wide range of programs and audiences. Here are a few links to get started promoting your student film:

  • Kodak Student Film Festival Calendar
  • Withoutabox
  • Inside Film