Virtual Film Festival

Information on the 2023 Film Festival will be announced soon.

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Video is a medium that is both an art and a science. 4-H has been using video to promote various aspects of the program, share information about 4-H, and recruit new volunteers and members.

Top ranking videos in each division will be shared on the California 4-H YouTube channel. Subscribe to our channel to get notices of new videos.



  1. Submit the link to your video when you register. If you are posting your video on your YouTube account, please make sure to label it with your video title and short description.
  2. Evaluations will be completed virtually and contest coordinator will email to you by June 12.
  3. Links to videos will be shared. 
  4. Evaluation forms will be emailed to you by the contest coordinator.
  5. Certificates and pins will be mailed to UCCE 4-H county offices.

Questions? Please contact

Competition Coordinators: Arthur Hinojosa at




Film that uses still images to create the illusion of movement


A factual story or report


A fictional story that is more serious than funny


A fictional story that is amusing, lighthearted, or comic


An informational or inspirational narrative or Public Service Announcement designed to promote 4-H or non-4-H related programs


A 30 second 4-H related advertisement (must be exactly 30 seconds)


  1. Videos must follow the categories described above.
  2. Video length may not exceed 7 minutes (including welcome title screen or end credits). Entries in the Commercial category must be 30 seconds exactly.
  3. Video format: Must be submitted via link to YouTube or another online video sharing website. Please name your video with the title and category you are entering (e.g., My 4-H Day, Junior Documentary). After the festival, we will accept .mp4 files that we will use to upload to the California State 4-H YouTube channel.
  4. Make sure your video is in good taste (similar to G and PG ratings). The videos will be evaluated before the event by members of the California 4-H Film Festival Team. Videos may be disqualified if deemed to have questionable content.
  5. 4-H members ages 9-18 (as of Dec 31, 2021) are allowed to participate.
  6. Limit of 3 videos per person or group may be entered.
  7. All film entries must be created and produced by the youth filmmaker(s).
  8. Auto-generated movies (in which software makes editing choices for you) are not acceptable.
  9. Works may be original or adapted from the submitter’s previous work and new to this year’s festival.
  10. Any copyrighted music or material must include written permission from the owner to use.
  11. All footage must be original except for documentaries, which may include non-original footage from other sources. Film Festival organizers reserve the right to determine the eligibility of any work, reject any submission, and make executive decisions on individual situations not foreseen by these guidelines.
  12. Please leave out the full names of youth (both in audio and video; e.g., nametags youth may wear) and do not use copyrighted material (i.e. pop music).
  13. The State 4-H Office will determine which videos are uploaded to the California State 4-H YouTube account.


Q: What if i did not make my video about 4-H or a 4-H project. Can I still submit it?
A: Yes! this is a showcase of the amazing work 4-H'ers do, and we want to have as many submissions as possible.

Q: My video is uploaded to Vimeo or other website, do i have to upload it to YouTube?
A: No. All that you need to provide is a working link to the video regardless where is was uploaded to. Please make sure to title it with the title of your video and the category you are entering. (e.g., My 4-H Day, Junior Documentary)

Q: Can I get my video onto the California State 4-H YouTube account?
A: Yes, we are posting links from the videos into a playlist after the results are submitted. Please see our YouTube channel for all of the California 4-H  video playlists

Q: I like film festivals, are there any other ones run through 4-H?
A: Yes! There is a nationwide 4-H film festival held in Missouri. It is really cool and do a lot of neat things. You should check them out: