Northern Lens Youth Film Festival

Northern Lens is a new Youth Film Festival taking place on 16th June 2024 at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.  As part of the Light the Blue Festival, Station House Media Unit, in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts, are hosting the film festival with support from the Sean Connery Foundation to celebrate youth filmmaking across the country, with a spotlight on the North East.

The festival will include screenings of short films curated by a panel of young people, practical workshops, an inspirational industry panel Q&A session for aspiring filmmakers, a marketplace highlighting local training and education opportunities and networking sessions.  

The day will be an inspiring and informative celebration event, introducing future filmmakers to the industry, whilst supporting current young filmmakers to make connections and use the festival as a platform to share their creativity.

Open for Submissions Now!  Closing date 30th April

Filmmakers under 25 years of age are invited to submit films made in Scotland within the past two years and up to 10 minutes length.  Fiction, documentary and experimental/moving image submissions are welcome. With screenings aimed at audiences aged 12-15, submitted films should be suitable for all prospective members of the audience.

To submit your film for consideration by the panel click here, or use the FilmFreeway button below by midnight on Tuesday 30th April 2024.

For any questions or further information on the submission process or the Film Festival itself, please get in touch with us at


Youth Judging Panel Callout Open Now! Closing Date 10th May

Young people aged 14-25 with an interest in film are invited to apply to join our Youth Judging Panel, to collaborate on selecting the films that will be shown during the Northern Lens Youth Film Festival. Selection panels will take place on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in May at Station House Media Unit, Woodside, Aberdeen, AB24 2WB.

If you are available to take part in this process, as well as attending the Film Festival on Sunday 16th June, please complete the application form here