Teen Anti-Hero Short Film Festival


* Anti-Hero; someone who is unconventional, misunderstood, marginalized, subversive, anti-establishment, unseen or something in between.

It is time to question the biased norms and standards placed up us throughout our intertwined histories and champion new perceptions: how the insight from those who have been othered need to be viewed. The Anti-Hero Film Festival seeks to share and celebrate perspectives, narratives, and experiences that have been left out of history by highlighting the voices of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ communities. We want to hear your voice and your story.

All films are due by 11:59PM on March 3, 2023. Films are encouraged to be between one (1) and five (5) minutes. All applicants must currently be enrolled in high school. A $50 stipend will be awarded to all chosen films, which will be showcased at the Holiday Theater on April 7, 2023 from 6–8PM (MST). Films will be selected by our curatorial committee, composed of teens, MCA Denver staff, and community arts members.


Films submitted to the film festival will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • The filmmaker, an “anti-hero”, directly or indirectly draw from their identity in their work.
  • The filmmaker shares a unique interpretation of the perspective they wish to share, or the story they want to tell.
  • The filmmaker challenges traditional historical frameworks.
  • The filmmaker uses innovative film and writing techniques.

Join us! Apply to the Anti-Hero Short Film Festival