Our Mission:

The 25 Under Film 25 Fest serves to create a larger platform for up-and-coming filmmakers by highlighting films by these young people that will be making up the film industry for decades to come. We aim to produce an environment that encourages youth art, innovative ideas, and lasting connections between young filmmakers. We are a new type of film festival.

Our Values:

  • To create a larger platform for young filmmakers to show their works to the surrounding California communities.
  • To encourage youth film and youth arts by highlighting the accomplishments of young people.
  • To form a community of filmmakers that can share stories and ideas while making long-term connections.
  • To enhance the arts scene in San Luis Obispo county by including college aged students and focusing on the youth within the community.

The Founder

In May 2017, I was sitting in the Palm Theater watching short films made by the students in the Cal Poly Media Arts, Science, and Technology (MAST) minor. I saw how happy my friends were to see their films on the big screen. I realized that young people need and deserve a platform to show their films to the communities around them. Film has been a passion of mine since I was a kid. I’ve always loved that film can make people laugh, cry, and experience every human emotion in only a little over an hour. It is incredible what young people can create and I want to highlight what we can do. We are forming a community of young filmmakers that can share ideas and create connections that can change our lives. It’s an opportunity unlike any other.

                                                                            – Michael Frank