MetroWest Student Film Festival


The Center for Arts in Natick is pleased to announce the fourth annual MetroWest Student Film Festival, featuring the work of talented students from the cities and towns of Boston MetroWest. The official public screening date for finalists are scheduled for May 1, 2022.

The MWSFF is a student film festival dedicated to showcasing the talents and creativity of the region's youth by providing an opportunity for young filmmakers and production teams to explore and create stories through motion pictures. Finalists among these student-created films will be shared with friends, families and the community in TCAN’s state-of-the-art screening room.

We envision the MWSFF as the largest student film festival of its kind in the region. Being part of this festival provides entrants the opportunity to:

  • Share films with the regional community
  • Screen films in an independent, state-of-the-art cinema
  • Network with a jury of judges from the industry, and other filmmakers in the region
  • Attend the festival premiere showcase

Submission deadline is April 15, 2022.

2019 Festival Finalists and Awardees
2020 Festival Finalists and Awardees


James H. Harrington III, professionally known as Jay Harrington, is an American actor known for his roles in "Benched" on USA, "Private Practice", "Desperate Housewives", and the title character of the ABC sitcom "Better Off Ted". Currently, he is in his 4th season as Deacon Kay in the CBS police drama "S.W.A.T."

Originally from Wellesley Massachusetts, Harrington spent summers performing at the Harwich Junior Theater on Cape Cod and studied theater at Syracuse University before moving to LA. Jay is excited to support this year's Metrowest Student Film Festival and help give young filmmakers the opportunity to express themselves creatively.



Student Eligibility
Submission Rules
Video Format & Specifications
Film Categories & Awards
Review & Selection Process




Student Eligibility

In its inaugural year, MWSFF cordially invites high school age residents between the ages of 14 and 19 who are current high school students and live in the following 32 cities and towns of MetroWest Massachusetts:

  • Ashland
  • Bellingham
  • Bolton
  • Carlisle
  • Concord
  • Dover
  • Framingham
  • Franklin
  • Holliston
  • Hopedale
  • Hopkinton
  • Hudson
  • Lancaster
  • Lincoln
  • Marlborough
  • Maynard
  • Medfield
  • Medway
  • Milford
  • Millis
  • Natick
  • Needham
  • Newton
  • Northborough
  • Sherborn
  • Southborough
  • Stow
  • Sudbury
  • Wayland
  • Wellesley
  • Westborough
  • Weston



Submission Rules

The Fourth Annual MetroWest Student Film Festival will take place in Natick, MA at The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760. The official public screening date for finalists is scheduled for May 1, 2022. The following rules govern all film submissions to the MetroWest Student Film Festival (“MWSFF” or the “Festival”).


  • All filmmakers must be between 14 - 19 years of age at time of submission and be a resident of MetroWest residing or attending high school in one of the following 32 cities and towns of Massachusetts.
  • Submitted films must be original works and filmmakers must be able to provide proof of permission or licensing for any copyrighted materials, music, and/or actors featured in the project to be eligible. Proper on-screen credit for licensed work is also required.
  • Submitted filma must have been produced within the last two years at the time of submission.
  • Filmmakers may submit a maximum of two film entries.
  • Films must utilize non-professional, unpaid actors and production crew only.
  • Film entries will only be accepted using the platform
  • A parent or guardian name and email address must be provided on each entry form. Parent or guardian will receive correspondence regarding the Student Showcase and Awards Night information.
  • Filmmakers must be available to attend the Showcase and Awards event held at the The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) held on Sunday May 1, 2022.


Video Format & Specifications

  • All films must be submitted electronically through Other means of submission will not be accepted. Incomplete applications or submitting materials that do not adhere to our specifications (see below) will disqualify your entry. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • All entries must be produced within good taste and fit into a rating category of G, PG, or PG-13 as outlined by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Excessive violence or other excessive and/or gratuitous content may disqualify your entry from competition based solely upon MWSFF’s discretion.
  • All entries must credit the whole production team individually and be clear about the role each team member played in the film making process.
  • Films must not exceed 10 minutes in length, including credits.
  • Submitted films must be headed and followed by an appropriate amount of black screen (at least 5 seconds).
  • All non-English language films must have English subtitles.
  • accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB. Videos are transcoded for playback compatibility and performance. recommends using settings close to these output settings:
  • Video Spec: 2200 Kbps, H.264, mp4, Pro Res
  • Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
  • Aspect ratio preserved; maximum video height of 720 pixels
  • 3D stereoscopic films will not be accepted.
  • For more technical information please visit the Filmfreeway Help Center


Film Categories & Awards


Submission Categories:

Live Action Short
Documentary Short
Animated Short



Outstanding Live Action Short
Films in this category will be judged as a whole project based on the use of live-action techniques - films must include only real people and animals, real sets and scenes and no models or images that are drawn or produced by a computer.

Outstanding Documentary Short
Films in this category will be judged as a whole project based on the use of documentary techniques - they should be nonfictional and intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or to provide a factual or historical record or report.

Outstanding Animated Short
Films in this category will be judged as a whole project based on the use of animation techniques - films can include individual drawings, paintings, or illustrations photographed frame by frame (stop-motion cinematography) or generated by a computer (2D or 3D), they can also include motion graphics or stop-motion techniques using models or cut-outs.


Review & Selection Process

  • A Film Committee shall be convened of filmmakers, film enthusiasts and film critics from the Massachusetts area. No Film Committee representative shall be affiliated with an educational institution represented by an entry.
  • All entries will be reviewed in their entirety by members of the Film Committee.
  • Films will be reviewed and judged by the individual members of the Film Committee using a standard scorecard. After the final deadline the Committee will review the total scores of all the films in competition and select final films from a group of the top scorers.
  • The film committee reserves the right to change a submission’s entry category when appropriate to do so.
  • Filmmakers will be notified of the selection or non-selection of their film digitally by email using the email address provided on the entry form so please ensure that your email address is accurate on your application.
  • Accepted filmmakers will receive complimentary tickets to attend the public screening of their entry in the film festival and the final Festival Showcase on May 1.
  • By accepting inclusion in MWSFF, the filmmaker grants non-exclusive rights to showcase their film in as many screenings as required. This includes the competition screenings and the festival showcase.
  • In addition, MWSFF has non-exclusive rights to repeat the showcases for fundraising purposes. All gross proceeds from ticket sales and concession sales are exclusive property of MWSFF/TCAN.
  • All selected films may be excerpted for publicity purposes. MWSFF reserves the right to promote any film or script to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Festival or TCAN.
  • Submission of 2-3 publicity/production photos and filmmaker headshot are highly recommended.
  • MWSFF is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.