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Requirements and fAQs

When and where will the festival be held?

The 2024 Montgomery County Youth Media Festival will take place at the AFI Silver Theater.  

Saturday, May 18, 2024

11am to 1pm

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD

Who can participate?

Middle and high school students and young Adults (aged 18-25) from across the DMV region are invited to participate in the competition. 

What is the submission deadline date?

April 29, 2024

How can I submit my artwork or video? 

You can submit your piece digitally via this link.  You will need to submit photographs of the front, sides, and back of fine arts pieces. For photographs, specs of the camera equipment used, location, date, and time must be provided, as well as a high resolution jpg or png of the image. Photos featuring people in an enclosed environment have media release attached.


For all submissions, you will need to submit digital files that can be used for official presentation online.  

What can I submit?

Choose your theme:

  • Cultural or community portrait

  • Social justice topic and your vision of justice

  • Autobiographical

  • Local history related to social justice

Media to choose:

Documentary short film, photography, fine art, or graphic design  (sorry, no sculpture this year)

All submissions must have been produced after July 1, 2023. Media created before July 2023 will not be accepted. 

What if I need help with my project before it's completed? 

GB Youth Media provides free workshops, classes, and assistance to youth artists at our Studio in downtown Silver Spring.  Sign up to use the Studio or ask questions. Go to the Home page of to register. 

I made ten videos that I would like to screen. Can I submit them all?

Unfortunately individuals can only submit one video. 

How many visual art pieces can I submit?

Individuals can submit only one piece of fine art, graphic design, or photography. 


How long can the video be?

Minimum length for video is 30 seconds.

The maximum length for video is 4 minutes.


When will I hear back about my submissions?

Participants will be notified of finalist status before May 2024. If you are concerned that you haven’t heard from us, please contact Shereka at

Are there any prizes?

Yes! There will be 1st Place and 2nd Place in each category, determined by our panel of judges.

Each prize is a cash amount transfer.


If you have additional questions, please contact us at .

Do I get to exhibit or screen my submission during the Festival? 

Yes, finalists are chosen to be exhibited during our June 2024 exhibition in the lobby of 900 Wayne Ave. 

A limited number of finalists will be screened at the Festival itself on May 18, 2024.

Good Luck!

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