Rethink Dance Youth Film Festival (RTDYFF) is a film festival in March open to middle and high school youth.


This festival creates opportunities for young filmmakers and dancers.

We are THRILLED for the first year of this festival in 2021.

Submissions for RTDYFF21 open November 1st!


Narrative Short Film 

Narrative Fiction Short Films less than 45 minutes. This is a juried competition category.


Documentary Short Film

Documentary Short Films less than 45 minutes. This is a juried competition category.

Animation / Experimental Film

Animated or experimental films. This is a juried competition category.

Student Choreographers & Filmmakers

The Student Filmmaker’s category pays special attention to young choreographers and filmmakers. This is a juried competition category.

RTDYFF Photography Contest 

We will accept 5 images per photographer total.

Photographers may submit one or multiple categories, or submit without a category preference.



This category covers photographs from competitive events, social causes or gatherings, traditions or cultures.



This category includes dance imagery featuring bridges, buildings, cityscapes, historic landmarks, interiors or industrial sites.



This category should portray artistry of nature photography.



This category should highlight the most compelling imagery — illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, hate, compassion, human rights failures or victories in ways small and large. The photos should inspire people to get involved

and take a stand for human rights.






Entry fees are non-refundable.

Filmmakers and artist must be authorized to submit their films to RTDYFF,

and have appropriate permissions and clearances for their films or art pieces.

Once selected as a part of the official festival,

a film may not pull out of the festival or withdraw its submission.


Each category within the festival will host a juried competition for "Best of...".


Additionally, an executive committee will award a "Best of Show" award annually to recognize a work with high artistic and informational value. Additional awards may be given within each category at the judgment of the jury

(i.e. best cinematographer, editing, sound, etc.).

Filmmakers who have their films selected for the festival will receive an admissions package to the festival.