The International Youth Silent Film Festival was founded in 2009 by Jon “JP” Palanuk after he attended a live theatre organ concert. So inspired by what he heard, he decided to “ create a competition where young filmmakers can create their own silent movies.”

Silent films are the most classic form of movie entertainment and the easiest to create using modern technology - no sound editing, no problem.

Awarded ‘Best New Event’ in 2010
by the International Festivals
& Events Association”

The Judges

  • Gus Van Sant
  • 2009, 2010, 2011

"Giving young filmmakers the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts and creativity is a great way to inspire and encourage more in the future."

  • Ryan Lee
  • 2013

  • Tom De Santo
  • 2009-current

"I'm happy to support this festival, and the arts for our youth. The creative efforts these young filmmakers put forth continues to inspire me and I know the future of filmmaking will continue to be bright because of festivals like the International Youth Silent Film Festival."

  • Steve Oster
  • 2013, 2014

"I am honored to be involved with a project that supports young people in using the visual medium to tell a story. As a kid who grew up making movies for my school book reports, I can attest to the positive influence that having a creative outlet like IYSFF can have on youth. It is exactly the experience that set my own career path into motion."

  • Lourri Hammack
  • 2013, 2014

  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • 2011

"Dialogue has always been my least-favorite aspect of storytelling. It's never as effective as gesture and action. I can't wait to see what these young filmmakers do without it."

  • Tara Johnson-Medinger

"Young people have amazing stories to tell. Festivals like this give them an opoortunity to share their stories to a wider audience in creative ways. I am honored to take part in this wonderful event."

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