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Young filmmakers and content creators are invited to submit their creative works to the annual Youth Video Contest presented by the City of Kitchener, in partnership with the Kitchener Public Library and Grand River Film Festival.

Youth Video Contest

Filmmaking is a way for young people to creatively express themselves. Henry Dobozy, 16, produced and directed a short film that was selected as a winner in the 2020 youth video contest. “Film is a combination of all the arts, so I often find it easiest to express my vision through it,” Dobozy shared in a recent interview. “Film gives me a creative outlet that mirrors the world I live in. I love the feeling of framing a shot and directing actors. It’s extremely satisfying.”

Youth between the ages of 12 and 25 with a passion for filmmaking, production, acting, and screenwriting are encouraged to challenge their creativity and storytelling skills by entering a short film of any genre, up to three minutes in length, into the juried competition. Eligible film submissions will be reviewed by a jury of industry professionals, film enthusiasts, artists and past winners.

The city will award up to two $300 cash prizes in each of the age categories (Ages 12-14, Ages 15-17, and Ages 18-25) as well as several honourable mentions. The winners will have their films screened as part of the 15th Annual Grand River Film Festival from May 9-14, 2023.

“Since the Youth Video Contest, I’ve made many films that have been accepted into other festivals,” added Dobozy. “I’m very proud of how far I’ve come and in some way it all traces back to the Kitchener Youth Video Contest. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to have participated in it.”

The submission deadline is March 23, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Visit