International Teen Film Festival returns to Santa Monica

Young filmmakers from Santa Monica and around the world are screening their best work this weekend during the 11th annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival, happening on Saturday at New Roads School and on Sunday at the Santa Monica Public Library.

The festival includes 36 short films selected from more than 500 submissions. Winning entries came from as far away as Hong Kong, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, England and Mexico, but several of the films were directed by New Roads, Harvard Westlake and Santa Monica High School students.

The festival is sponsored by Relativity School in downtown Los Angeles, which offers BFA degrees in a wide range of creative arts disciplines, and the city of Santa Monica.

“We started the program with the explosion of the video camera and iPhone about 11 years ago, and we realized that other high schools in the area … have really great film programs, so we connected with all those places,” Santa Monica Cultural Venue Supervisor Justin Yoffe said.

The festival allows students to see their work screened in a movie theater setting alongside their local and international peers, he added.

Films being screened on Saturday deal with more mature subject matter and are rated PG-13, while Sunday’s selection is appropriate for general audiences.

— Chase Maser

The 11th annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival happens from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School (3131 Olympic Blvd.) and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium (601 Santa Monica Blvd.). Visit for more information.