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Local Youth Film Festival Offers over $2000 in prizes! Submission Deadline Approaching!

September 9, 2022

MyView Youth Film Festival is back and the new fall submission deadline is fast approaching! Get those phones out and start filming so you can submit your short film by October 1! This creative film-making contest is open to all youth ages 10-24 that live, work or play in Eastern Ontario (see for list of eligible counties).

Young people are encouraged to pick up their phones or cameras and make a short video that celebrates something in their life or community; shows a solution to a problem or showcases their opinion! Exit Realty has joined MyView this year to offer a new “My Community” prize category. Thanks to McGahey Insurance, Grenville Mutual Insurance, Exit Realty and YourTV for donating great prizes to the winners in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Video – $1000
  • I Love My Community – $750
  • Age Category Prizes (10-13; 14-17; 18-24)

Local youth are encouraged to get out into their communities to look for inspiration. There is no shortage of interesting topics to explore. Past winners have addressed a variety of topics from mental well-being and body image to the cost of post-secondary education and everything in between. “This generation of young people have all kinds of new issues to tackle; like climate change, pandemics and social media. Youth are extremely well informed and I look forward to seeing what they have to say!” says Rebecca Shams, Health Promoter and MyView committee member. 

Judging criteria heavily favours the content of the videos over the production elements, in hopes of encouraging all eligible youth, regardless of their level of experience in film making and production, to participate and share their stories. John Barclay, MyView founder and Producer with Triune Productions, shared his excitement for this year’s festival: “I’m looking forward again to seeing the creativity and imagination of young film-makers as they communicate what’s important to them,” he said. “This year I’m especially eager to see entrants from more Eastern Ontario communities.”

For more information on contest rules or judging criteria, or to see past year’s submissions and winners, visit us on Facebook @myviewfilmfest, check out or email [email protected]


For media interviews, contact:

Rebecca Shams
Health Promoter & MyView Film Festival Committee Member
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
Cell: 613-802-8051