Light House Studio warmly invites you to our 19th Annual Youth Film Festival! Our festival is a wonderful celebration of community, our students, and great filmmaking. Our 2019 films went on to achieve a record-breaking 31 national and international film festival acceptances and 19 awards!

YFF is also our most important fundraiser, providing ⅓ of our annual budget. Every donation ensures we can keep providing first-rate filmmaking education to the Charlottesville community. Last year, your support helped us:

  • Teach 1,768 students from 65 schools in 121 hands-on workshops
  • Offer scholarships valued at over $109,000, allowing more than 80% of our students to attend at low or no cost
  • Partner with 68 outstanding local nonprofits
  • Celebrate when our student films were accepted into 19 national festivals for a grand total of 31 film acceptances, some winning awards at festivals like New York Festivals TV & Film, Brooklyn Film Festival, and Sarasota Film Festival
  • Engage 35 Teaching Artists in 214 mentoring spots, utilizing their skills to help us teach our students
  • Produce nearly 300 films and shared student work with nearly 45,000 live audience members (with almost 800,000 online views to date)

If you’re interested in becoming a YFF Sponsor, you can find more information about our levels and a place to donate here.

We hope you can join us Friday, September 18th at the Paramount Theater!