Film Fest

Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest

The Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest is now opened to all New Jersey students from 7th grade onwards, including New Jersey high school grads who attend college full-time out-of-state.

This year’s festival will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Trophies will be awarded in the middle school, high school and college age brackets, with recognition for “Best Narrative Film,” “Best Editing,” “Best Documentary,” “Best Animation” and “Best Acting Performance.” In addition, a day-of Audience Award is on the line, as well as a School Award for any school entering three or more films. See our Rules and Regulations for more details.

Middle School (7th-8th grade)
-Best Film

High School Filmmakers (9th-12th grade)
-Best Narrative Film
-Best Documentary
-Best Animation
-Best Acting Performance
-Best Direction

College Filmmakers up to age 25
-Best Narrative Film
-Best Documentary
-Best Animation
-Best Acting Performance
-Best Direction

In addition, an Audience Award will be given to the selection with the highest online score on April 14th.

A “School Award” will also be given, consisting of Sony filmmaking equipment. To qualify, at least three different selections must be submitted by a single school; winner to be chosen by the highest average score of their films.

Official Selections with the overall highest-rated and Audience Award films will receive a world premiere celebration at the new Basie Center Cinemas in Red Bank, NJ.

Basie Center Film fest laurels will be awarded to all finalists.