Film Festival From MARS

A digital media showcase by students in Special Education

Walter Reade Theater @ Lincoln Center, NYC

WhAt iS tHiS?!

Who doesn't love shooting video? Turning that act into making a film is an engaging way to integrate art and education. That ignites the joy of learning. ​​

Inaugurated in 2016, The Film Festival From MARS is an annual, inclusive event that showcases films by children who receive special education services and have a school-identified disability. Film projects eligible for submission include at least 50% participation by students with disabilities from grades k-12.

We promote filmmaking as a vehicle for meeting the educational, emotional, social and developmental needs of students. Engaging children in filmmaking lets them create culture, information and entertainment so their perspectives and talents can be celebrated in connection with their community.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions open February 1st, 2020.

Deadline to submit is April 10th, 2020.

  • Student participation must account for at least 50%           of production
  • Student participants must be in grades K-12+
  • At least 50% of students involved must have an IEP or receive services as an English Language Learner                           
  • Film duration must be under 6 minutes 
  • Documentary, animation, narrative and experimental         films are welcome. New digital media forms including gifs, memes, etc., are also welcome!
  • Students' guardians must sign a media consent form in order for children to appear on film and participate in festival.                  





May 12th




Films begin


Step and repeat photos


Presentation of awards 


Resource fair 


Hands on activity social 


Opening remarks from special guests

Program concludes

“Don’t ever let anyone tell you, ‘No.’”

- Comedian Steve Way's opening commentary at FFFM 2019




School buses can park on 165th Street. 


The closest train station is the 66th St. stop on the 1 train. Also accessible via trains stopping at Columbus Circle.


All Earthlings arriving via spaceship will need to request special access to the space portal from the theater manager.  


Film Festival From MARS 12 May 2020

165 W. 65th St. New York, NY 10023

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