Reel Expressions

Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival

In its sixth year, the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival features youth-produced films – narrative, animation, experimental and documentary – from the Hudson Valley and around the world! This film festival highlights youth creativity, features a teen perspective on many important issues, and showcases the incredible work done by the next generation of media-makers.

media activities • light refreshments • door prizes • giveaways

hosted by local musician Ayo Nish!

Attending the 6th Annual Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival:
Join us Friday, June 15, 2018 5:00 – 7:30 pm at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House
35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Doors open at 5:00 pm.
Film Showcase begins at 5:30 pm.

Over 21? Get tickets here!
Under 21? Get your FREE tickets here!


This year’s event includes an Interactive Opening Reception before the start of the showcase, along with a Q&A panel with the young filmmakers after the showcase. Awards will be given for grand prize, along with first and second runner up.

The films shown are most suitable for ages 13 and older, as many contain topics and themes not suitable for a younger audience.

Want to be a Reel Expressions Sponsor?

If you would like to be a Reel Expressions sponsor or to promote your business by advertising in our Event Program, please visit our Sponsorships page or call Corene Concepcion-Rivera, Community Relations Associate at  845.471.7477, or e-mail




Submitting a Film:
To submit your short film to the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival, all submissions must be:

  • Produced by youth (ages 13-19 at the time of production).
  • Under 10 minutes in length.
  • Appropriate for a teen (PG-13) audience.
  • Produced within 18 months of the submission deadline.

Submission deadline for the 2019 Film Festival has passed.

Submissions will reopen in July 2019!

Reel Expressions Teen Film Festival 2018 proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit to RE2018 with FilmFreeway today!