Presented by Carousel Motor Group


Enter the second annual St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope Teen Film Festival, presented by Carousel Motor Group. Twin Cities high school students will submit video examples of their best work, new or existing, that showcase their potential as aspiring filmmakers. From the submissions, three finalists will be selected to partner with production agencies to create a new short film featuring local St. Jude patients.

This competition provides you and other local teens an opportunity to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude may not be in your community, but our research and discoveries are. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

See full contest schedule.

  1. Submit a video example of your best work, new or existing, that showcases your potential as an aspiring filmmaker. Any style of filmmaking (live action, animation, stop motion, etc.) will be permitted for your submission, and must be one to three minutes in total length. A diverse panel of brand and film industry experts will judge all of the video submissions and select three finalists who will move forward in the contest.

  2. If you’re selected as one of the three finalists, you will be invited to a fun-filled, kick-off event where you’ll be introduced to your mentor from a production agency who will partner with you in producing your Teen Film Festival film. During the event, you and your mentor will receive your assigned St. Jude Connections-themed story and given a list of pre-approved contacts you may feature in your film.

    You’ll collaborate with your mentor in creating your professional short film (up to a maximum of five minutes in length) which will premiere at The St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope. One winner for Best Film will be awarded at the event.

  3. Maybe you’ve been through cancer yourself, but if not, you probably know someone who has. It’s all too common these days. Cancer is a relentless, vicious beast, and while each cancer is different, there’s one thing all cancer has in common: you can’t beat it alone and you can’t simply wish it away. You need doctors, nurses and a network of family and friends. You need a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold when things get scary. Some patients and caregivers even meet a perfect stranger along the way, who later becomes like a member of the family. This year’s film contest is about those connections within the Twin Cities community – big, small, momentous, fleeting or otherwise.


All proceeds from this event will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.


St. Jude patients Keenan and Robert


Submit your video to the Teen Gala Film Festival

Submit your video for a chance to be featured in this year's film festival. You could also win a trip for two to visit St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.

Please read the eligibility and requirements for all video submissions.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Contest Deadline – All video submissions due

Monday, February 17 – Sunday, February 23

Judges review video submissions and select the three finalists

Monday, February 24

Notify finalists

Thursday, February 27

Teen Film Festival Kick-Off Event at Can Can Wonderland

February 27 – April 16

Finalists and their mentors/production agency partners collaborate on their short films

Week of March 15 and Week of April 5

St. Jude conducts two follow-up meetings with the finalists and mentors

Friday, April 17

Due date for finalists to submit their films

Monday, April 20 –
Friday, April 24

Panel of judges review the three short films and select the winner

Friday, May 1, 2020

Films premiere at 2020 St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope and the Best Film winner is announced


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Carousel Motor Group

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