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IMFF Youth

We have always encouraged youth participation as volunteers or as filmmakers.  Recently we have been showcasing the work of young filmmakers from South Asia and have been blown away by their ability to tell original and amazing stories on tough and heartbreaking subjects.


We also recognize that there is a growing South Asian population with young adults who have a unique understanding of their world being born to immigrant parents.


We are eager to provide an opportunity to such young adults to showcase their movie-making talents and wow us with their short films.    

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We are so excited to announce the winners of the Youth Film Festival

The Hours by Kirra Putnam received the Jury's choice award for best film

#UsToo by Avni Singh received a special mention.

We are very happy to announce the lineup of Youth Movies for the Festival. 


Here is IMFF2019 Selection of films eligible to participate in "Best Youth Film - Jury award": 

 Aurat ki Izzat directed by Zahra Tapal

#UsToo directed by Avni Singh

Tashi Delek directed by Sidharth Srinivasan

Dhol  directed by Ana Dragomir

The Hours directed by Kirra Putnam

Bored Games directed by Amrit Chandar


Additionally we will  be screening the following youth films (Not in competition):

What love looks like  directed by Nisa Kini

Dream Chasers directed by Vikrant Singh and Annika Singh

Robolobos directed by Sanjana Gagrani


Congratulations to all the Youth Directors! Come watch their artistic creations on the 14th of April 2019. Get your tickets now 

Youth Advisors


Born in Nicaragua, Tania Romero is a media production instructor and award-winning filmmaker. She is passionate about empowering young people through the practice of filmmaking. With over 10 years of teaching experience, she loves it when students rise to the challenge of writing, producing, and editing short films.


Gil Garcia is a Producer and Freelance Filmmaker with an extensive background working in Media Arts Education. A graduate of The University of Texas Radio Television Film Program, Gil started in advertising, producing video for companies like GSD&M and LatinWorks. He then spent ten years teaching digital film production and broadcast journalism at Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas, putting the program in the national spotlight by garnering top honors and recognition from the Obama Administration, The Student Television Network, SXSW, NPR, The BBC, and many others.  Gil was named “Distinguished Broadcast Adviser of the year” in 2016 by the National Journalism Education Association and he is a media education consultant for The Austin Independent School District, React To Film, and the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board for KLRU, the PBS affiliate in Austin, Texas. A leader in the field of media arts education, Gil co-wrote the third edition of the textbook, "Television Production & Broadcast Journalism", the highest selling text in the nation among high school film programs.

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