Film Festival From MARS

An exhibition of film and digital art produced by students in Special Education

Walter Reade Theater @ Lincoln Center, NYC

May 12, 10:00 AM
Lincoln Center - Walter Reade Theater

WhAt iS tHiS?!

Who doesn't love shooting video? Turning video into a film is an epic endeavor. What better way to integrate art and education than filmmaking? It ignites the joy of learning in amazing ways and anyone can do it if they try!

Inaugurated in 2016, The Film Festival From MARS is an annual, inclusive event that showcases film and digital art produced 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. Moreover, the #FFFM stakes a claim to the belief that youth

in Special Education deserve access to high quality,

digital arts programming. 

Engaging children in filmmaking teaches them that they can and in fact SHOULD create culture, information and entertainment so their perspectives and talents can be heard, celebrated and enjoyed in connection with the community at large.

Filmmaking need not be reserved for the privileged few. In today’s world, being digital media-culture savvy is a must. Training students in the art of digital communication is tantamount to giving them a civic voice. May their voices be heard!


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.                  

Film Festival From Mars proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

Free submission with discount code FFFM





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.  


Contact Us

Film Festival From MARS 12 May 2020

165 W. 65th St. New York, NY 10023

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