Renaissance seeks submissions for International Youth Silent Film Festival

January 21, 2014

MANSFIELD — The Renaissance Education Department is seeking submissions for the Midwest Region of the International Youth Silent Film Festival, to be held at the Renaissance in April 2014. The top 45 films in the Midwest region will be screened during the festival to be held on April 12, 2014.

“We challenge all young filmmakers, writers and visual artists to compete in the festival. Nothing beats the thrill of seeing your film on the big screen in front of a live audience,” noted Jon “JP” Palanuk, President of the international festival.

Additionally, the top three films in the Midwest Region will compete for the International Prize to be awarded during the International Awards Ceremony and Screening, scheduled for June 2014 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon.

This year marks the second year that the Renaissance will host the Midwest regional competition of the festival. Filmmakers under the age of twenty are challenged to make a three minute silent movie, selecting one of six original musical themes for their movie from the festival website. Screening finalists will get to see their film on the big screen accompanied by live organ music, and compete for several prizes.

Submission guidelines are available in the Education tab on The Midwest Region will accept submissions from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. All submissions must be received by the Renaissance no later than February 14, 2014.

The Midwest Regional Festival is co-sponsored by the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The International Youth Silent Film Festival is presented in collaboration with philanthropist Jon “JP” Palanuk, organist Nathan Avakian, and the Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. For more information on the international festival, visit or contact the organizers at