ATown Teen Video Festival is the Arlington area’s only homegrown festival for teen videographers. Recent contestants have come from Arlington, Lexington, Cambridge, Somerville, and Lowell, and beyond. Cash prizes are awarded in a number of categories, and in addition to a live screening in the Regent Theatre each spring, the films are showcased on ACMi’s channels for weeks thereafter.

General Information


Digital HD .mov files are preferred, but most files other than .wmv will be considered.
Note: if you are submitting more than one video, each additional video will require a $10 fee. For example, if you are submitting one video, there is no fee; two videos would be $10; three videos $20, etc.


Submit videos and applications to Arlington Community Media, Inc :

(1) At the following address:

Arlington Community Media, Inc.
Attn: Jasper Hamilton
85 Park Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476


(2) Send completed application and final video electronically (i.e. Google Drive, DropBox) to Jasper at jasper@acmi.tv.

The festival generally takes place in May. Please check back for updates

In previous years, prizes have included $500 for Best Overall Film, and $100 for other designated categories.


Best Overall Film  |  Best Actor/Actress |  Best Production Value  |  Best Writing  |  Crowd Favorite
* Crowd Favorite to be chosen by crowd vote following film viewings — so invite your friends! Invite grandma! Invite anyone you know who believes in your dreams!

Contest Details and Rules

  1. To be eligible for the ATown Teen Video Festival (herein known as ATVF) you must:
  2. Videos featuring or produced by employees of ATVF sponsors or their family members will not be eligible for first prize.
  3. Videos should be approximately 2 to 10 minutes in length.
  4. To enter, complete the official entry form and submit your video as described in the contest application and video submissions info above. There is NO FEE for the first video. Additional videos will be $10 each.
  5. Provide a separate official entry Consent form – completed and signed – for each person participating in the video (either as producer or actor/actress).
  7. All video entries will be judged by individuals designated by ATVF.
  8. ATVF and/or its designated agent(s) reserves any and all rights to use or broadcast any and all video submissions via media outlets and to distribute any or all video submissions to third parties.
  9. ATVF and/or its agents’ employees, directors, and officers take no responsibility and assume no liability in the video creation or its content. Be creative, but be respectful. When selecting winners, judges will only consider content that is suitable for general audiences.
  10. Participants are expected, but not required, to attend the screening event where winners are announced.

Help is Available!

I’d love to make a video! But I need help! Looking for help creating your film? ACMi is here to help! Contact Youth Coordinator Jasper Hamilton for training on pre-production, camera, audio equipment, lighting, editing, special effects, and more. We can also help connect you to your local media station.

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