Cinematic Arts

Are you a 15-18 year old filmmaker?

YoungArts cinematic artists are ambitious filmmakers who spend their time together collaborating on new works, and delving deeply into the creative demands of their medium. Our cinematic arts winners work with award winning filmmakers over an intense one week period on scriptwriting, casting, cinematography, and editing.



Why Apply

  • Win cash awards of up to $10,000, an alternative to scholarships to spend as you wish

  • Take master classes with accomplished filmmakers such as Doug Blush, James Caan, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese

  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support with a rich network of peers

  • Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities

am i eligible?

To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:

  • US citizens or have permanent resident status

  • 15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2016

Please also note that Finalists who have previously attended YoungArts Week are not eligible to apply in any discipline/category.  We encourage these artists to participate in alumni programming.  Please contact [email protected] to find out more.

How To Apply


Cinematic Arts applicants are required to submit up to 10 minutes of animation, documentary, and/or narrative film. All the requirements are listed in the downloadable PDF below.