The “Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival” Submission Platform is Open!

Mountain Lake PBS is proud to present the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival during the 2022-23 school year. Celebrating its 4th year showcasing student creativity and talent from across the region and beyond, teachers and students alike can learn the ins and outs of film-making while crafting films in a variety of genres.

With the school year getting underway, now is the perfect time to create an account on the Skills21 Launchpad platform and begin the filmmaking fun! Film entry categories include Documentary, PSA, Drama, Comedy, and Open Theme.

After setting up your student or teacher account, explore the platform to view a Filmmaking 101 video with step-by-step instructions on how to successfully submit your completed film entries, and check out tutorials and resources in the Activities section. 

Keep up-to-date with information on upcoming filmmaking workshops for students, resources for educators, and more with our Beyond the Peaks mailing list.

How to Submit Student Films

High school students in NY, VT, or QC are eligible to enter.

  1. Create an account on Launchpad at
  2. Review the film categories and requirements in Launchpad
  3. Choose which category you wish to enter.
  4. Create your film!
  5. Upload your film to Google Drive. 
  6. Enter your film using the shareable Google Drive Link on Launchpad

Student submissions are due by April 30th with winners announced at an end-of-school year Red Carpet Showcase. The top three winners will receive a cash prize and video supplies!

Storytelling & Filmmaking Resources on PBS LearningMedia

Check out our PBS LearningMedia collection, “Storytelling and Filmmaking”, for classroom-ready resources, tools and tips to help your student filmmakers succeed.

This collection of resources supports diverse skill building and hands-on learning opportunities for students focused on digital storytelling and media creation, amplifying youth voices, and encouraging careers in video production and filmmaking.