California 4-H Youth Development Program
California 4-H Youth Development Program
California 4-H Youth Development Program
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California 4-H Youth Development Program

State 4-H Film Festival

The State 4-H Film Festival is one of many activities that take place during California 4-H State Field Day. #CA4HStateFieldDay

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2019 State 4-H Film Festival

Video is a medium that is both an art and a science. 4-H has been using video to promote various aspects of the program and recruit new volunteers and members. 

Thank you to all our participants in the 2019 State 4-H Film Festival!

2019 State 4-H Film Festival results

View the results and click the links to watch the video.


Questions? Contact Arthur Hinojosa at 


2019 4-H Film Fest

Thank you to all of our participants. These are all of our Gold Award winners!

Senior Division


Rhea Mistry, Alameda County

This is a documentary I made over the summer, when I went to visit my family in India. Hope you enjoy!


Past vs. Present

Kailey Mauldin, Julietta Wynholds, Zoe Sloan, Ava McGlashan - Solano County

A comparison of the 80's and Modern Day.


Intermediate Division


Benjamin Salters and Noah Salters - Stanislaus County

A short look at what it's like to be a 4-H'er getting ready for a project meeting...


What is 4-H?

Rachel Salters and Johnathan Salters - Stanislaus County

A short commercial promoting 4-H, and giving you just a small taste of what you can really do through 4-H!


Alameda County 4-H Rising Stars

Kruthi Kumar - Alameda County

This is a promotional video for the Alameda County Rising Stars Project


Junior Division

Amazing Mystery Card Tricks

Sammy Belik, Kaylee Tan, and Emme Granados - Ventura County

Magic Sam and his assistants, Kitty and Biscuits, do the 13 card trick and the 21 card trick. Biscuits interviews Magic Sam about his card tricks. After the credits the bloopers come on.


I am 4-H!

Lydia Salters and Johnathan Salters - Stanislaus County

A quick look at all the fun activities you can participate in through 4-H, this video attempts to convey the true meaning of 4-H.


Safety while swimming: it's life or death

Naomi Salters, Noah Salters, Benjamin Salters, Johnathan Salters - Stanislaus County


Registration Information

Registration instructions

  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube (recommended) or other video hosting website. Provide link in registration form. (How to upload onto YouTube)
  • Video must be public or accessible via URL
  • Please upload your video(s) several days before you intend to submit your registration form or we may not be able to access it.
  • 4-H members aged 9-19 are allowed to participate.  
  • Limit of 3 videos per person or group may be entered.

Download all Film Festival Rules and FAQs (PDF)


  • Animation: film that uses still images to create the illusion of movement
  • Documentary: a factual story or report
  • Drama: a fictional story that is more serious than funny
  • Comedy: a fictional story that is amusing, lighthearted, or comic
  • Promotional: an informational or inspriational narrative or Public Service Announcement designed to promote 4-H or non-4-H related programs
  • Commercial: a 30 second 4-H related advertisement (must be exactly 30 seconds)



  1. Videos must follow the categories described above.
  2. Video length may not exceed 7 minutes (including welcome title screen or end credits). Entries in the Commercial category must be 30 seconds exactly.
  3. Video format: Must be submitted via link to YouTube or another online video sharing website. After the festival, we will accept .MOV files that we will use to upload to the California State 4-H YouTube channel.
  4. Make sure your video is in good taste (similar to G and PG ratings). The videos will be evaluated before the event by members of the California 4-H Film Festival Team. Videos may be disqualified if deemed to have questionable content.
  5. 4-H members aged 9-19 are allowed to participate.
  6. Limit of 3 videos per person or group may be entered.
  7. All film entries must be created and produced by the youth filmmaker(s).
  8. Auto-generated movies (in which software makes editing choices for you) are not acceptable.
  9. Works may be original or adapted from the submitter’s previous work and new to this year’s festival.
  10. Any copyrighted music or material must include written permission from the owner to use.
  11. All footage must be original except for documentaries, which may include non-original footage from other sources. Film Festival organizers reserve the right to determine the eligibility of any work, reject any submission, and make executive decisions on individual situations not foreseen by these guidelines.
  12. Please leave out the full names of youth (both in audio and video; e.g., nametags youth may wear) and do not use copyrighted material (i.e. pop music).
  13. The State 4-H Office will determine which videos are uploaded to the California State 4-H YouTube account.


Q: What if i did not make my video about 4-H or a 4-H project. Can I still submit it?
A: Yes! this is a showcase of the amazing work 4-H'ers do, and we want to have as many submissions as possible.

Q: My video is uploaded to Vimeo or other website, do i have to upload it to YouTube?
A: No. All that you need to provide is a working link to the video regardless where is was uploaded to.

Q: Can I get my video onto the California State 4-H YouTube account?
A: Yes, we are posting links from the videos into a playlist after the results are submitted. Please see our YouTube channel for all of the California 4-H  video playlists

Q: I like film festivals, are there any other ones run through 4-H?
A: Yes! There is a nationwide 4-H film festival held in Missouri. It is really cool and do a lot of neat things. You should check them out:

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