Film Now: An International High School Film Festival

An International High School Film Festival

Sponsored by Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Film Now Festival? 

The Film Now Festival is an international high school film festival founded in 2015. Open to student filmmakers all over the world, Film Now aspires to motivate and educate young artists and showcase their work in a public setting. 

Why is Germantown Academy hosting this festival? 

The Germantown Academy community has a strong connection to media arts, with an advanced curriculum for Upper School students, numerous extracurricular opportunities for artistic development, and a strong alumni presence in the film and television industry.   

Who is eligible to submit a film for jurying?  

Students from any country who are currently enrolled in high school or its equivalent for the 2017-18 school year are eligible to submit a film for jurying. If you have questions about your eligibility, send us an email at

What type of films are right for Film Now?

Film Now is a short film festival, meaning that entries must have a running time no longer than five minutes (5:00), excluding credits. There are three categories: Narrative, Documentary, and Experimental. You can submit a short film made in a media arts class, or create something completely new on your own. Films do not need to have been produced in 2017-18, but the filmmakers must have been in high school when the film was produced and must still be in high school for the 2017-18 school year. 

How do I submit my film?

The Film Now Festival is accepting all submissions in digital format through this website or through Read the terms and follow the instructions on the How to Submit page. 

Can I come to the Film Now Festival Screening & Reception?  

Absolutely! Everyone is welcome to attend the public Screening & Reception at the Ambler Theater on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3pm. The event is free of charge.