The Westport Youth Film Festival is accepting entries for high school filmmakers for its 2012 festival to be held Saturday, June 2, at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport. Entries are due by Saturday, March 10.

The festival seeks films that fall into the categories of comedy, drama, documentary, experimental, music video and animation, according to a festival news release. In addition, all films produced in Connecticut will be automatically entered into a special "Connecticut" category.

The films' directors must be ages 13 to 19 years old at the completion of filming. Local, national and international directors are encouraged to apply.

The festival's Youth Board will screen the submissions; those chosen to appear in the festival will be judged in their respective category by an industry professional, the release states. The winners in each category will receive an award as well as a $250 cash prize courtesy of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

All entries will be considered for a "Social Action" award, for which the winner will receive an award and a $500 cash prize.

To apply online, visit Scroll down and click the green "Submit Your Film" button and select Westport Youth Film Festival for rules and directions for submission.

Fees per entry are $10 by Wednesday, Feb. 15, $15 by Tuesday, Feb, 28, and $25 by Saturday, March 10.

For those in need of financial aid, scholarships are readily available for filmmakers submitting one or more films. To apply for a scholarship, send a formal written request to

The festival , a program of the Westport Arts Center, is the only film festival in the world produced by teens showing films made by teens, the release states. Every year, the event showcases high school student films in a professional setting and provides filmmakers through panel discussions, professional development opportunities and filmmaker round tables.

Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased over 600 high school student films and has received over 200 submissions from around the world.

For information, visit or contact Evan Neidich, program director, at 203-222-7070 or