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Now Accepting Submissions!

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s online platforms have been home to free and accessible programs in a variety of mediums including music, dance and visual art throughout the pandemic. Starting December 1st, JCAL opens submissions for its latest community first program: 10-Minute Film Festival. The online event will consist of short films made by NYC based filmmakers with one central theme - 2020.


10-Minute Film Festival will take place exclusively on JCAL’s Youtube in Spring 2021. All NYC based filmmakers (priority to Queens-based artists of color) can submit a film of up to 10  minutes in length. With a theme of 2020, filmmakers will be given a platform to tell their stories, and interpret this unprecedented year in their artistry. 


The submissions will be judged by a three person jury. The winning filmmaker will be awarded a prize of $500. The runner up will receive $300 and an additional $300 will be awarded to the audience’s pick. For more information, email David Smith, JCAL Performing Arts Program Associate, at

Meet the Jurors

Shawn Antoine II - Shawn Antoine II is an award-winning filmmaker based in Harlem, NY. His love for filmmaking came about after he created his first short-documentary “The Movement.” Since then he took on the mantra to “Inform and Inspire” through his films. He has now directed 9 short films, and produced 2. His most recent film “Showtime” was selected for 47 film festivals and he was named the Best New Director by the Hip Hop Film Festival. He is currently an apprentice with NBC's The Blacklist.


Tyrel Hunt - Tyrel Hunt is a writer, filmmaker and Marketing Manager from Jamaica Queens, New York. After graduating as a Division One student athlete, he founded, a popular platform for up and coming artists. The highly trafficked site features hundreds of interviews and articles, and thousands of readers online. As a filmmaker, he wrote, edited and directed the award winning feature film "April Again."


Brittany Clemons - Brittany Clemons is a development producer at Jigsaw Productions. Prior to development, Brittany contributed to documentary television as a story producer and associate producer. The majority of her work has been featured on PBS, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, and the celebrity genealogy series Finding Your Roots. She has also served as a senior associate producer on NBC’s documentary special Hope & Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media, for which she received an Emmy nomination for outstanding research, and as a story producer on the six-part AMC documentary series Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America.

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