The Seventh Annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival, featuring three free screenings showcasing 55 short films made by youths aged 12 to 19 from around the world, will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.

The first screening is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 9 and will be family oriented, appropriate for kids aged 6 and older, with 60 minutes of mostly animated films.

The second screening is scheduled from 7 to 10:30 p.m. June 9 and will be comprised of the more mature films, appropriate for ages 10 and older. (Parental guidance is suggested as there are some mature themes and brief moments of violence and gore.)

Both screenings will be held at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.

The third and final screening will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. June 10, and is considered appropriate for ages 7 and older. This screening and the award ceremony that will follow will be held at the Main Library Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

The featured films were selected from a total of over 300 entries. With entries from as far away as Hong Kong, Sydney, Jerusalem and London, combined with those from across the U.S., including Santa Monica, the film festival will provide a unique glimpse into the creativity of young people across the globe, event organizers said.

Each screening presents a different program of films, covering a wide array of genres including live action, animation, experimental, and documentary. Films vary in length from one minute to 20 minutes and at the end of each screening session, the audience will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite for the festival “Audience Choice” award.

In addition to the Audience Award, films are judged by a panel of industry professionals and teenagers. This panel will present the overall film achievement awards.

Prizes include gift certificates, trophies and networking with an industry professional like independent producer Mike Upton, a veteran producer of over 25 Hollywood films.

The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is an interdepartmental initiative between the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, the Santa Monica Public Library, and the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center.

Information, www.santamonicateenfilmfestival.com.

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