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November 28, 2017

Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival Announces 2018 Dates and Call for Submissions


 The film festival is open to Midwest high school/junior high students.


Cincinnati, OH [November 27, 2017] — The Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival is seeking submissions for its 9th annual festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. The festival offers 13 film categories, including the new long narrative and documentary categories. It is open to Midwest high school/junior high students residing in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin as well as areas within 500 miles of Cincinnati, including parts of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Students are invited to submit films by the March 16, 2018, deadline.

The Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival is the only non-­‐profit, youth focused, regional event of its kind in the country. The film festival provides opportunities for young filmmakers to meet, improve skills, and learn from industry professionals. In addition, it provides teachers and professionals with opportunities to network. The event includes a catered reception, film screenings, musical entertainment, a college fair, and an awards ceremony.

The judging panel includes 120+ industry professionals located throughout the country. The night of the festival, 33 award-­‐winning films are screened. The long narrative and long documentary categories are screened at a separate location/time, and winners are recognized during the awards ceremony along with category finalists. Throughout the festival, all submissions are available for viewing on laptops. Winners in each film category receive either a Golden Lion, White Lion, or Mountain Lion award. At the end of the show, judges vote on Special Recognition Awards, including Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Most Inspirational, and Best of Show.

In its 9th year, the Golden Lion Awards continues to make an impact on students’ lives. “The Golden Lion Awards brings together filmmakers from all over the Midwest and is a great way for young people to network and continue to grow in their work. I hope that it continues to do what it did for me, encouraging and providing entertainment as well as showing kids that they really can achieve whatever they put their minds to,” said former Golden Lion Award winner and Webster University (Missouri) film student Makayla Hufziger. “Having a platform to meet young filmmakers and view student films has itself been a learning experience. Through the Golden Lion Awards, I was pushed to better myself, to learn from others’ techniques, to expand upon my visions, and to reach out to other people like me, all while being celebrated and empowered. As a high school student from Ohio, it was intimidating to compare my work to student films that came from the “Big Cities,” like Los Angeles or New York City, but I quickly learned that the Golden Lion Awards has set me up for success far more than anywhere else could offer,” said former Golden Lion Award winner and Northwestern University (Illinois) film student, Saunders Swan.

Film submission are being accepted online at or through FilmFreeway at

Submission rules and regulations are available at Questions regarding the film festival can be directed to The film festival is curated by the programming team, including Executive Director, Ann T. Brinkmann, and Associate Director, Tess White.

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