The Josiah Media Festival is URBAN-15’s annual youth film festival!

Open to filmmakers around the world 21 years old or younger, the Josiah Media Festival is one of the longest-running youth film festival in the US!

Filmmakers interested in entering the festival must have been born on or after June 1st, 1998 OR must have been 21 years old or younger at the time the submitted film was completed. All key crew members on the film – writer, director, editor and director of photography – must have also been 21 years old or younger at the time the submitted film was completed (this does NOT include any actors in the film).


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The 2018 Josiah Media Festival 2019 Call for Entries Has Begun!


Submitting a Film is as Easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. Download the Josiah Media Festival Guidelines & Entry Forms

2. Read through the Guidelines and fill out the Entry and Release Forms in full.

3. Send us your completed Entry and Release Forms along with a High-Definition copy of your film by mail to the Josiah Media Festival, 2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX, 78210 or by email to josiahfestival@urban15.org.

And you’re done!

The deadline for film submissions is June 1st, 2019. Filmmakers can submit as many films as they like, but each film must be accompanied with a unique Entry & Release Form. If sent by mail, films should be submitted as HD (720p minimum) digital files on a thumb drive or Data-DVD – Playable DVDs are NOT acceptable. Films and forms can also be submitted by email to josiahfestival@urban15.org. Films entered digitally can be sent through GoogleDrive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Hightail, etc.

The Josiah Media Festival’s FilmFreeway submission platform will also officially begin accepting digital film submissions very soon. Please note that, in order to be accepted into the competition, all films entered through FilmFreeway must still be accompanied with your completed Entry and Release forms. Completed forms can be sent by email to josiafestival@urban15.org after entering your film on FilmFreeway.

For more information on the 2018 Josiah Media Festival, call our studio at (210) 736-1500, or email us at josiahfestival@urban15.org.

Open only to filmmakers 21 years old and younger, the Josiah Media Festival is URBAN-15’s annual nationwide film and media event. It is named after Josiah Miles Neundorf, a talented film and media artist from San Antonio, Texas who passed away in 2006 as a result of osteosarcoma. Despite his short twenty years with us, Josiah expanded the lives of those around him through his brilliance, joy, and determination to create outstanding work amid the physical ravages of illness. In honor of this artist, his parents Marcus and Nancy Neundorf and the URBAN-15 Group created the Josiah Media Festival, an annual film festival designed to showcase outstanding works by young film, video, and media artists.

In 2019, the Josiah Media Festival celebrates its 13th consecutive year as one of the world’s longest-running film festivals exclusively for young filmmakers 21 years old and under. Each year, this festival has received increased international attention and participation. During the 2018 call for entries, we received over 2100 films, adjudicated 252 entries, and selected 12 winners from around the world!

Watch the 2016 Josiah Media Festival Second-Place Animation Film Winner

Rupee Run by Tarun Lak, 21 from Los Angeles, CA!


The Josiah Media Festival is supported, in part, by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture, the San Antonio Film Commission, VuTURE ART, and Friends of URBAN-15.