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2021 Young Filmmakers Contest Winners

Contestants entered the fifth annual Young Filmmakers Contest from all over North America, including British Columbia, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Their assignment was to create an original short of five minutes or less centered around Jane Austen. 

2021 Judges 

  • Amy Heckerling, director of Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Gurinder Chadha, OBE, award-winning filmmaker of Bend It Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice
  • Laura Rister, award-winning Los Angeles-based film and television producer at Untitled Entertainment 
  • Sonali Dev, author of Bollywood-style love stories named Best Books of the Year, including Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, Recipe for Persuasion, and Incense and Sensibility
  • Suzanne Allain, author of Mr. Malcolm’s List, adapted into a period drama film
  • Ty Burr, former film critic for The Boston Globe and founder of Ty Burr's Watch List

Lizzy’s Adventures in Online Dating

By Meghan Hanet
First Place


I Had Price, I Had Prejudice

By Jordan Sartor-Francis
Second Place 


Strength and Vulnerability

By Talitha Moniz McMillion
Third Place




“. . . from politics, it was an easy step to silence.”

Northanger Abbey