Kids’ Film Competition

Thank you to all the students across the state for submitting their films to this year’s Tumbleweeds Film Competition! Stay tuned for next year’s competition, which opens again in September 2023. 

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the Film Competition in grades K-8. Each finalist is eligible to win Best Film in their age category and win the Audience Favorite Award at the Film Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 21, 2023, hosted by Utah Film Center and Utah Education Network (UEN). 

Live stream broadcast of the awards ceremony will occur the night of the awards ceremony and films will also be screened on UEN’s PBS channel.


Tumbleweeds Film Competition Finalists

Grade K-3 Best Film Finalists

“Moving Mountains”
By Logan Young
Age 7, Grade 2
Lehi, UT

By Sloan Henderson
Age 8, Grade 2
Centerville, UT

“Lunch Time Get Together”
By Finn Brooks
Age 9, Grade 3
Ephraim, UT

Grades 4-6 Best Film Finalists

“The Sister Sister Jinx”
By Sophia McDonald
Age 10, Grade 4
Ogden, UT

“Hawaiian Homeschool”
By Denali Titensor
Age 10, Grade 4
Lehi, UT

By Ismail Mohamed, Tal Moo, Kyaw Monday, Yahya Sidali
Age 12, Grade 6
Salt Lake City, UT

By James Calderwood
Age 12, Grade 6
Highland, UT

Grades 7-8 Nominees

“Rock, Paper, Scissors”
By Connor Snow
Age 13, Grade 7
Taylorsville, UT

“Pick Up Garbage PSA”
By Alex Bamburg
Age 14, Grade 8
Salt Lake City, UT

“12 Year Old Morning Mood”
By Ben Buie
Age 14, Grade 8
Ephraim, UT


Awards Ceremony Information

Where: Viridian Event Center, 8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, UT 84088

Parking is free.

6:30pm – 7:15pm: Finalists Reception and Meet & Greet with Devin Graham of Devin Supertramp

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Awards Ceremony live & livestream

Awards Program

  • Welcome from Utah Film Center & Utah Education Network.
  • Best Film K-3 Screening & Announcement of Winner
  • Best Film 4-6 Screening & Announcement of Winner
  • Best Film 7-8 Screening & Announcement of Winner
  • Audience Voting of Audience Favorite in each category.
  • Keynote Presentation by Devin Graham of Devin Supertramp
  • Announcement of Audience Favorite Awards




Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids, Utah’s premiere kids film festival is excited to announce our new kids’ film competition in partnership with UEN!

The 2023 Tumbleweeds Kids Film Competition is open to all Utah students grades K-8. Students may enter fiction or nonfiction short films (5 minutes or less) for competition. Films will be judged based on filmmakers’ ability to tell a story or convey a message, artistic style, and technical skill.

We extended the deadline! Submissions must be received by MARCH 1, 2023. Prizes and awards will be announced at the 2023 Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids.

To submit your film, visit https://filmfreeway.com/TumbleweedsKidsFilmCompetition.

Important DATES

September 6, 2022
Competition launch

March 1, 2023
EXTENDED DEADLINE to submit films

March 15, 2023
Finalists announced

April 21, 2023
Film winners presented at Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids

Whether you love to watch films, want to explore the hands on activities at the Clubhouse, or do both, a day pass is your access to the Festival!

Each day pass includes the following perks: In-person films on a first come, first served basis

  • Clubhouse activities.
  • Free UTA transit to the Festival at Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center in Taylorsville

Each member of your group needs a pass to access Tumbleweeds. Workshops require additional registration and fee. 

Choose a Saturday day pass, a Sunday day pass, or both! 

Yes! Keep me updated on announcements for pass sales, ticket availability, film schedule, and workshop sales for 2023 Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids, April 22-23.