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.
Our 2017 Application is now closed. To receive updates on our 2018 Application, sign up below.
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
Prepare your submission in animation, documentary and/or narrative film consisting of 1-3 films, no longer than 10 minutes total (See full requirements)
Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool
Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants. This means, if you qualify, your entire application fee(s) will be waived and you will not have to pay. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload documentation of need (please see below). In order to successfully SUBMIT an application for review, these documents must be uploaded in the Payment section of the application prior to the October 14, 2016, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.
One of the following documents may be uploaded for a fee waiver:
ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
Document that states you receive Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
Document from a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
Letter from a school teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for financial aid.
If you need further clarification regarding this process, you may write to [email protected] no later than Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Click SUBMIT by October 14, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST
hear FROM WINNERS & PANELISTS
Doug Blush | Panelist & 1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts
Danielle Stolz | 2015 Winner in Cinematic Arts
Sheema Golbaba | 2010 Winner in Cinematic Arts
SELECT FILMS FROM WINNERS
Kayla Briet | 2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts
Josh Ovalle | 2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts
Gabrielle Gorman | 2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts
Natalia Ferrara | 2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts
William Lancaster | 2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts
Bridger Hart | 2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts
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.