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Original Films Sought for Annual Student Film Festival

The 6th annual Digital Desert Youth Film Festival is just around the corner, and New Mexico students in kindergarten through high school are invited to submit their original short films and motion-based content to the competition.

April 2, 2013

For more information visit the Digital Desert Youth Film Festival website.

The 6th annual Digital Desert Youth Film Festival is accepting film entries from Albuquerque Public Schools students and others across New Mexico.The deadline for submission is April 19.

Top entries will be showcased at the annual student film festival on April 26 at the KiMo Theatre. The festival  is the brainchild of Valley High’s Digital Film Production class instructed by Abel Abeita, who hosted the city’s first youth film festival six years ago.

Films must meet entry rules and guidelines, which include a five-minute time limit and royalty-free music. Entries must be sent or hand-delivered to Valley High School by April 19. They can be sent to Digital Desert Youth Film Festival, c/o Valley High School, 1505 Candelaria Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107.

For more information, contact Abeita at


  • Music Video
  • Stop motion
  • Animation
  • Drama/Action
  • Comedy
  • Commercial
  • Zombie/Horror
  • Experimental

Film Entry Criteria

  • The maximum length allowed is 5 minutes
  • There is no minimum length
  • There is no limit on the number of entries
  • Film entries can only be entered in one category
  • Keep all entries appropriate for school (PG-13 guidelines)
  • Must be a New Mexico student grades K-12 to enter.

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