Get Involved with Take 9

Learn how you can get involved with our national Asian Pacific American Youth Film Festival.



Film Criteria

Current Film Criteria are as follow:

  • Age brackets
    • 18-25 or College-level and up
  • Film should be recent (less than 1 year old *After September 2020*)
    • Participants can still make their own film for the festival
  • Story is focused on the APA community, culture, social issues, APA stories
  • At least one person is of APA descent from directors, screenwriter, producer

Criteria will be updated, please stay tuned.

Submission Categories

  • Animation 1-10 minutes
    • Throughout the years, animation has continued to grow and blossom. Stop-motion, claymation, 2D to 3D we want to see it all! Submit your animated story.
  • Comedy 10 minutes and under
    • Make us laugh or make us cringe, this is your chance to tell your comedy.
  • Documentary 40 minutes and under
    • Reveal the truths behind stories untold. Tell us a true story through the lens of your camera in all forms and styles. Submit your documentary piece today.
  • Drama 1-20 minutes
    • From the complex characters and moral conflicts, bring on the drama!
  • Experimental 1-10 minutes
    • Can’t really find a word to define your piece? Does it fall out of the traditional definitions of filmmaking? We’ve got you covered. Submit your experimental film! All forms, all styles, we’ll take it.
  • Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy 1-10 minutes
    • Bring on the scares, bring on the bizarre, bring on the “out of this world.
  • Middle School Submissions 1-10 minutes
    • Are you in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade? Then this is the category for you. Submit your story in any genre you wish.
  • High School Submissions 1-10 minutes
    • Are you in  9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade? Then this is the category for you. Submit your story in any genre you wish.
  • One Minute Movie 1 minute, 1 second
    • As the saying goes, less is more. Submit your one-minute story. All forms and concepts are accepted in this category. Make every second count.

Award Categories

  • Best Picture
  • Best Editing
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Screenwriting
  • Best Performance
  • Best Director
  • Most Impactful Story
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Audience Choice Award