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 The Grand Foundation Announces our 2020 Student Film Festival

Film Festival Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Time: Live Screening of Films Begins at 10 a.m.

Where: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Avenue, Tracy, CA

Tickets: Available at the Grand Theatre Box Office or online: atthegrand.org

$15 General Admission, Students with I.D., Seniors and Youth Free

Student Film Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019 on FilmFreeway Only.

Now in its 4th year, our Grand Foundation 2020 Student Film Festival will once again showcase the entertaining, innovative and thought-provoking short films from three Student Divisions: colleges, high schools and immersive film/digital/art high schools throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Educational scholarships totaling $6,750 will be awarded. Within each Division there will be different genres of film, including Narrative, Indie, Experimental, Animation, Documentary and Political/Cause, P.S.A. and others.

Reminiscent of days past, the Grand Theater will transform itself into a “Movie House” to showcase the works of young filmmakers, providing a platform for them to have their short films live-screened by the public and to be juried and awarded. The festival will include a professional film talk by a special guest speaker from the TV/Film industry, a jury panel discussion with questions from the audience -- all culminating with a filmmakers’ award reception where monetary prizes totaling $6,750 will be awarded.

Film submissions from all student divisions will be screened and juried by impartial professionals in digital/film media. There will be a First, Second, and Third Place Student Film Festival winner chosen from each division. The First-Place division winner will be awarded a $1000 prize. The Second-Place division winner will be awarded a $750 prize, and the Third-Place division winner will be awarded a $500 prize. Additionally, there will be one Audience Choice Award Winner. Award laurels and/or participation laurels will be given for all films accepted into the Grand Foundation Student Film Festival.

To help support these monetary awards for our student filmmakers, we are currently seeking private, business and corporate sponsorships to ensure the success and widest possible participation and attendance at our 2020 Grand Foundation Student Film Festival.

Please see links on this page for Student Film Festival Sponsorship opportunities and film submission information. Or contact Cynthia at studentfilmfestival@grandfoundation.org.

Student Film Festival

Student Film Festival Submission Forms

Call to Students


Call to Instructors

Film Festival Sponsor Levels


2020 Poster Design Contest Links

In conjunction with the Student Film Festival, the Grand Foundation is sponsoring a poster contest for high school students. Click on the links below for more information:

Poster Contest Rules

Poster Contest Submission Form

Our Generous Sponsors Make this Event Possible!

Benefactors $10,000

Contributors $5,000
Surland Companies

Patrons $2,500
Tracy Hills
Don Cose Family

Sponsors $1000
Trosien Orthodontics
Ameriprize Financial
Ponderosa Homes
Michael & Cynthia Souza
Dave & Janice Johnson
Tracy Collision

Donors $500
Tracy Firefighter Charities

Friends Up to $250
Tracy Press
Sam & Joan Matthews
Param Gill
Academy of Performing Arts
Windmill Ridge Winery
Morgan Territory Brewing
Young Actors Theartre Camp