Center for Prevention Action

Youth Film Festival

I AM RESILIENT: Your Story of Strength

By creating short films, participating youth can get creative and tell the story of what resiliency looks like to them. The theme, I AM RESILIENT, hopes to inspire and encourage young people to share their truth and experiences in today's world.

Submitting a film to this year's festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and shed light on topics including by not limited to: abstaining from substance use, mental well being, healthy connections & relationships, being a good friend and serving as an advocate or leader. 

How to Participate

1. Form a team based on the Applicant Guidelines below.

2. Find an Adult Advisor

3. Submit an Application (Deadline: March 1, 2021)

Application Must Include:

Applicant demographics
Adult Advisor contact information
Summary of film idea

Link to Application

4. Applications will be reviewed and approved by PF!

5. Accepted submissions will be notified by March 8, 2021

6. Submission deadline: April 21, 2021
* See Submission Guidelines below

7. All submissions will be showcased at a Spring Film Festival in May. Event details will be announced by May 1, 2021. The event will follow applicable COVID-19 protocols.

8. Winners will be announced at the Film Festival.

For More Information:
Jessie Richardson, Program Coordinator

Film Festival Guidelines


  • 7th-12th grade 
  • Can apply as group or individual 
  • Groups can have 2-8 members
  • Groups including middle and high school students will be considered a high school group 
  • Must live, learn, worship or work in:
    (OH) Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont
    (KY) Boone, Kenton, Campbell
    (IN) Franklin, Dearborn 
  • Each individual/group must have an adult advisor 

Adult Advisors

  • Primary contact for the submitting group/individual
  • Responsible for submitting application, final submission, and all required documents
  • Responsible for ensuring that all film festival guidelines are followed
  • Example advisors: teacher, parent, coach, youth group leader, etc


  • Must be created entirely by the group/individual
  • Must reflect the theme: I AM RESILIENT: Your story of Strength
  • Any digital platform can be used
  • Length must be 2-7 minutes
  • Should not promote or solicit any specific organizations/non-profits
  • PreventionFIRST! has the right to disqualify any submission deemed inappropriate

Award Categories

Middle School
High School

*Winners will be announced at the May Film Festival.