Media Festival and Competition Open to Montgomery County Youth

Gandhi Brigade is looking for the next big Hollywood director and photographer in Montgomery County.

Middle School and high school students who reside in Montgomery County can now submit video and art submissions for the 2016 Montgomery County Youth Media Festival.  Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is hosting the festival and competition in partnership with  Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center. Each winner from the middle and high school aged entrants of all categories will receive a cash prize and trophy. Top entries will also be presented at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring on April 16.

For video submissions there are four categories; documentary, environmental, narrative/original screenplay and a seven day film competition. Here are the guidelines for film entries:

  • Films cannot exceed eight minutes
  • All videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo
  • No copyright material permitted/entrants must use only royalty -free songs, images or content
  • No profanity or excessive violence
  • Students can submit up to two videos per category

For photography and visual arts submissions there are five categories to choose from; graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking and photography.

  • Image of any 2D digital or physical art must be submitted in JPEG format
  • No vulgar or excessively violent images
  • Students can submit up to three pieces per category

Entrants must email their submissions to with the following information:

  • “Festival Submission” in the subject line
  • Include your name, age, school, address and graduation year in the body of the e-mail
  • The URL of your uploaded media or your media attached (not applicable for the seven-day film competition)
  • Your name, team members’ names (for the seven-day Film Competition), school name, age(s), grade, and competition category

Submissions must be received by March 11 at 11:59 p.m. to be considered. For more information, visit the Gandhi Brigade website.

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Willie James Inman

About Willie James Inman

Willie James Inman is a Community Engagement Specialist and Multimedia Journalist at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach him on Twitter @imwilljames.


One Response to “Media Festival and Competition Open to Montgomery County Youth”

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    On September 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm responded with... #

    Hi Willie how are you? This email is in regards to a poem and video that I had in the arts festival. I went to Argyle Middle School in the 2006-2007 school year and I entered the video “when I sat in my chair.” I haven’t seen it since I made it 10 years ago and I think about it all the time. I’m wondering if there is a record of the video that can be sent to me, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Kyle Galkin

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