Josiah Media Festival

Josiah Media Festival
Josiah Media Festival

The Josiah Media Festival is URBAN-15’s annual, worldwide youth-film festival!

This film festival is exclusively for filmmakers age 21 and younger! However, filmmakers over 21 years old can still enter any film that they made when they were 21 or under going back two years (2014). Filmmakers interested in submitting their work should be born on or after June 1st, 1995 unless they are entering a film made while they were 21 or younger.

It is completely FREE to submit your short film and filmmakers can enter as many films as they choose! Films must be no longer than 20 minutes total-running-time.

With $1850 in prizes awarded to winning filmmakers, excellent international participation, and no entry fees, you have nothing to lose by entering your film!

Though we can accept your film(s) via FilmFreeway, we still require all filmmakers to complete our Entry & Release forms before we can accept your submission(s)! You can download these forms at our website, or via the following address:

Once you have completed these two forms, please email them to us at

The Josiah Media Festival is named after Josiah Miles Neundorf, a talented filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas who passed away in 2006 as a result of osteosarcoma. Despite his short twenty years with us, Josiah expanded the lives of those around him through his brilliance, joy, and determination to create outstanding works in the midst of the physical ravages from this disease. In honor of this artist, his parents, Marcus and Nancy Neundorf, and the URBAN-15 Group created the Josiah Media Festival, an annual film festival designed to showcase outstanding works by young film, video, and media artists.

Awards & Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 filmmakers in each of the four film categories with an additional prize awarded to the “Best of Show” winner – 13 winners total!

Prizes will be awarded in the form of gift cards to B&H Photo and Video. Using these cards, winners can order anything they choose from B&H’s enormous variety of film, audio, lighting & storage equipment. We hope that through this purchase at B&H, making your next film will be a little bit easier!

First-place Winners – $250 B&H Gift Card
Second-place Winners – $100 B&H Gift Card
Third-place Winners – $50 B&H Gift Card
Best of Show Winner – An additional $250 B&H Gift Card ($500 total!)

Rules & Terms

The Josiah Media Festival is open to filmmakers 21 years old or younger around the world! Filmmakers must have been born on or before June 1, 1995 or must have been 21 years old or younger at the time the submitted film was made.

All key contributors on the submitted film – director, writer, editor, director of photography – must have been 21 years old or younger at the time the submitted film was made (this does not include actors, producers, or any other crew members not listed above).

Films must not exceed 20 minutes total-run-time (TRT includes all credit sequences within the film).

All music and other copyright material within the submitted film must be used with permission of the composers and/or copyright holders.

All films entered must use a Stereo audio mix/format – no 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound mixes allowed.

All films submitted must have been completed within two years of the June 1, 2016 submission deadline.

All film submissions MUST be accompanied with a completed Entry Form AND a signed Filmmaker’s Release Form. These forms can be filled in digitally, but please include your real signature! Or, if you prefer, you can print, fill out, and scan the forms as well.

Entry and release forms should be completed in full and emailed as PDFs to You can also mail your forms to Josiah Media Festival, 2500 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210.

Please write LEGIBLY and fill in ALL applicable areas of the Entry Form and the Filmmaker’s Release Form; all requested information is necessary for submission and must be provided.

Primary festival correspondence will be exchanged through the email address provided in the Entry Form. Each filmmaker MUST provide their own current email address and check regularly for festival updates and awards announcements. Faculty/Mentor email is not solely sufficient; please note that filmmakers may not be eligible for prizes if they do not provide their own email address.

All LOCAL (San Antonio-based) filmmakers MUST be in attendance at the Josiah Media Festival Awards Ceremony in order to receive their awards and prizes. Awards and prizes will not be mailed or delivered to LOCAL filmmakers. LOCAL filmmakers understand that they forfeit their award and prize(s) if they are not in attendance at the awards ceremony.

All winning-filmmakers outside of San Antonio, Texas are greatly encouraged to accept their awards and prizes via Skype. Awards and prizes will be mailed out to all non-local filmmakers immediately following the Awards Ceremony. Filmmakers MUST email if they are unable to attend the ceremony or if they would like to Skype to accept their award.

The URBAN-15 Group reserves the right to withhold or retract any cash prizes awarded.
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