Teen Film Contest

15 min
Short United States 2023

Watch the 2023 JxJ Festival Teen Film Contest Winners. Teens answered the question “where do you belong?” in a film 3 minutes or less.

Winners and runners-up will all be screened before both Closing Night screenings. Films include:


Dir. Anya Barrus
School: Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Grade: Senior
A young girl contacts aliens in an attempt to flee her dysfunctional home life.


Dir. Anouk Schneider and Sheridan Feldman
School: Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Grade: Freshmen
A young woman is confronted by a mysterious force after finding herself in an unfamiliar deserted building.


“Doll Face”
Dir. Elene Gorgadze
School: Bethesda Chevy Chase
An abstract exploration of identity and belonging in high school and the impact of popular media on teenagers.


“The Station”
Dir. N’Dea Banks-Mackey
School: Duke Ellington School of the Arts
In a DC metro station, an observant individual contemplates their surroundings and ponders the significance of those around them.


Sunday, May 216:00 PM Edlavitch DCJCC

Friday, April 218:00 PM Edlavitch DCJCC



Patrons attending either Closing Night screening may attend the shorts.

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