Youth Media Exhibition

The Film Society's Education programs focus not just on media made for young people but also on media made by young people. Through a range of events and opportunities, we seek to support, encourage, champion and celebrate the work of youth media makers and youth media organizations from around the Bay Area and around the world.

The San Francisco Film Society is a founding member of the Bay Area Youth Media Network (BAYMN), a consortium of nonprofit organizations that believe in the power of media (film, music, radio, photography, web and technology) as a means to engage youth voice, self-expression and empowerment and to inspire social change. 

BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12-24, taking place October 17-18, 2014 at the San Francisco Public Library. Sponsored by The HIVE, this two-day event is a unique opportunity for youth, educators, and the general public to celebrate the work of talented young media makers. Through screenings, workshops, a transmedia gallery and networking opportunities, BAYMN FEST is a place for young artists to share their work, meet their peers, acquire new tools, make their voices heard—and win prizes! All entries are judged by a mix of youth, media arts educators, and media professionals.

SFIFF Golden Gate Award for Best Youth Work
For almost 20 years, SFFS has highlighted youth-produced films through the Youth Works category of the annual San Francisco International Film Festival's (SFIFF) juried Golden Gate Awards. Dedicated to recognizing and rewarding the work of talented young filmmakers, the Golden Gate Award for Best Youth Work comes with a $500 cash prize. 

SFUSD Arts Festival
Focusing on media made by students in San Francisco, SFFS Education partners with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to judge, produce, and curate the Media Arts segment of SFUSD's annual Student Arts Festival, held at the Asian Art Museum in March.

Read more about the SFUSD Arts Festival here.