Advanced Film class students organized the film festival
Guests Jennifer Lawrence and Channing Tatum pose with students!
View short films of some of the most talented high school film makers in the Washington D.C. area
Students from area high schools are welcome to attend workshops
The 2013 Film Festival Committee!

The Madeira School Film Festival

We are thrilled to announce that the 2016 festival will be open once again to submissions from all area high school students in the D.C. area.  

The Madeira student committee sponsoring this year’s festival include Meagan Lane ’16, Sofia Abdirizak ’16, Monet Umana ’16, Tayma Alassar ’16 and Natalie Seara ’17. They look forward to mingling and networking with student filmmakers from other schools, sharing ideas, enthusiasm and celebrating achievements at this year’s event.

The festival will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a workshop for student participants given by local professionals in the industry, followed by a public screening and award ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Student participants who have submitted films must be able to attend the screening and award ceremony to receive awards. The ceremony will include an opportunity for student directors to share a few words about their films or their process making them.

The deadline for submitting films is April 20, 2016, by midnight. Films will be judged by industry professionals. There is no fee for submitting films, however students must be sponsored by an adult employee from their school, either a faculty or staff member. All entry forms and video files must be submitted on line, including the sponsoring adult’s information. We look forward to your submissions!


  • Films can be in any genre:  fiction, documentary, music video, public service announcement or class project
  • Films can be of any length but must not exceed 6 minutes
  • Films must be G-rated and must not contain the depiction of sex, drugs or alcohol consumption. 
  • Films may not contain the depiction of excessive violence
  • Students must have full permission to use all media included in their film, including any music and special effects
  • Student participants must be currently enrolled in high school
  • Students may submit films they created last year, as long as they were enrolled in high school at time of creating the film
  • Students must have an adult sponsor employee from their current high school, who can confirm the film’s eligibility and adherence to the festival rules.  Students must provide their sponsor’s name and email address on their entry form
  • Films will be judged by industry professionals and scored based on cinematography, editing and storytelling. 


Festival History

The inaugural Madeira School Film Festival took place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in the Chapel/Auditorium on the Madeira campus in McLean, Virginia. The day included workshops given by industry professionals, screenings of student films, and presentations by alumnae Grace Guggenheim ’77 and Missy Parker ’89, among others. The day culminated in an awards ceremony and a Q&A with the winning filmmakers. Prizes were in the amounts of $500 (first place) and $200 (second place, third place and fourth places respectively.)

Students from over 10 area high school competed in 2013 Madeira School Film Festival. Films from previous years can be seen on The Madeira School Film Festival Vimeo channel. Mae Hunt '17 won the 2014 festival with her short film "Letters."


Email filmfestival@madeira.org or contact Krista Cowan at 703-556-8284 ext. 2.