Welcome to HoCo FilmFest

Welcome to the Howard County Student Film Festival Website!

Celebrating 11 Years of Student Films

Created in 2004, the Howard County Film Fest is an annual film festival dedicated to encouraging the development of film makers in Howard County, Maryland. Film entries are open to any student in Howard County, please see the submissions page for more information. Even if you have never made a movie before, we encourage ANY student to make a submission.

We collaborate with volunteers from many fields all over the community, which contribute to film judging, advertising, donating, and even running the festival itself. The film festival is now even tax deductible! If you are interested in getting involved, in whatever way you can, please feel free to browse this website, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

The Film Festival originated as an idea for a GT project by Yuri Stone and Rebecca Zia of River Hill High School. It is a county-wide event, and numerous students have found it to be an excellent means of demonstrating their skills in the art of film and direction.

We have received many absolutely brilliant films in the past from extremely talented participants who exhibit skills that in many cases parallel those of professional filmmakers. We are very proud of the talented individuals who come out each year to showcase their accomplishments. It is an excellent experience for any student looking to pursue a career in filmmaking, directing, television – any and all of the media arts.

In anticipation of the astonishing talent exhibited by this county’s filmmakers and artists, we are deep in preparation for the up and coming 2015 Film Festival. Help us all make it a blast! Come to the meetings and submit a film of your own!

Below you will find some of our latest Headline News.

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I am a tech-savvy student, that is involved with anything technology and leadership. I began my journey when I was in 8th grade and I joined a youth leadership group called Voices For Change. With V4C, I lead a group of students to learn about the dangers behind distracted driving - using technology in the car. We visited Maryland's Shock Trauma Center to learn about their established program: Don't Drive Distracted. Howard County Library was gracious enough to allow a 3D presentation by V4C at one of their local branches. Upon arriving at High School, I was informed that all the teachers were given new Macintosh computers - which they were not used to. I offered after-school lessons for those teachers who were interested on improving their technology skills. Following that time, I became webmaster for my school's SGA, The Howard County Association of Student Councils, and V4C. This past year has been insane. In October, I was a panelist for Howard County Library's Choose Civility event, OMG to AARP: Bridging the Multi-Generational Divide. It was about how technology is changing our civil, or lack there of, habits. Following that, HCPSS launched a Bring Your Own Device Program, which was followed by the creation of a task force to improve the program. I was then asked to be a student member on that task force. In V4C, we have an intense area of focus on harassment and bullying. I have been a strong advocate for Sprigeo, which is a reporting app for those who have been bullied. Over the course of the year working with the Sprigeo team, I was offered a position as a youth member on the Howard County Local's Children Board. I love technology - and everything I do somehow has a core root in it! I love playing piano, and listening to my favorite band Fleetwood Mac!!!