The Grand Foundation Announces our 2018 Student Film Festival

Film Festival Date:
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Time: Live screening of films begins at 10:00 a.m.

Where:  Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, California -- 715 N. Central Avenue, Tracy, CA 95376

Tickets: Available at the Grand Theater Box Office or online:

$20. General Admission, $15. Students with I.D., $10. Youth 10 and under

Student Film Submission Deadline:

Earlybird: Between December 1, 2017 and December 15, 2017 on FilmFreeway Only.
Regular: Between December 16, 2017 and January 5, 2017 on FilmFreeway Only.
See links for submission forms on this website.

Now in its second year, our Grand Foundation 2018 Student Film Festival will once again showcase the entertaining, innovative and thought provoking short films from three Student Divisions: colleges, high schools and immersive film/digital/art high schools throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Within each Division there will be different genres of film, including Narrative, Indie, Experimental, Animation, Documentary and Political/Cause, P.S.A. and others. 

Reminiscent of days past, the Grand Theater will transform itself into a “Movie House” to showcase the works of young filmmakers, providing a platform for them to have their short films live-screened by the public and to be juried and awarded. The festival will include a professional film talk by a special guest speaker from the TV/Film industry, a jury panel discussion with questions from the audience -- all culminating with a filmmakers’ award reception where monetary prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded. 

Film submissions from all student divisions will be screened and juried by impartial experts in digital/film media. There will be a First, Second, and Third Place Student Film Festival winner chosen from each of the three divisions. The First Place winner (of each division) will be awarded a $1000 prize. The Second Place winner (of each division) will be awarded a $750 prize, and the Third Place winner will be awarded a $500 prize.  Additionally, there will be one overall Honorable Mention winner and one Audience Choice Winner.  Award laurels and/or participation laurels will be given for all films accepted into the Grand Foundation Student Film Festival.

To help support these monetary awards for our student filmmakers, we are currently seeking private, business and corporate sponsorships to ensure the success and widest possible participation and attendance at our exemplary 2018 Grand Foundation Student Film Festival.

Please see links below for Student Film Festival Sponsorship opportunities and information.
Or contact Valerie Umana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Thank you to all the students that submitted films.
The list of selected films that we will be screening can be found below. 



Student Film Festival


Poster Contest

Congratulations to Emmanuel Atabay, a senior at Tracy High School, for his winning entry into the Grand Foundation's 2018 Student Film Festival Poster Contest. Emmanueal received a $500 scholarship award, funded by the Tracy Rotary Club. His design was beautiful and eye-catching.

Thank you to our 2018 Student Film Festival Sponsors!