Student Art Festival [STARTFEST] is a nonprofit film festival helping educate, exhibit and recognize the achievements of aspiring high school and college students. [STARTFEST] is the ONLY film festival where students compete against their peers and receive valuable, constructive feedback on their work from leading industry professionals.

Through our unique judging criteria students are able to focus on their challenges as well as appreciate their successes. STARTFEST also is a great place to network with fellow filmmakers, enthusiasts and professionals. We strive to provide our young filmmakers with cutting edge instructional material and even the opportunity to win several awards!