Student Screening Day

Student Screening Day

Each year approximately 1,100 high school students from all over the Coachella Valley converge for Student Screening Day, a highly anticipated program that presents two films from the Festival lineup and allows students to interact with the filmmakers.

Due to the pandemic, we're going virtual in 2021 and are inspired to reach more students than ever!

Offering two dates to participate during March, we are screening a film virtual followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers and film subject. 

Program offered March 18 or 19, 9am-12pm | Film: BOYS STATE

If you are a teacher or educator interested in participating, please email Zack Solomon,

Student Screening Day is more than a fieldtrip; it is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired. The screenings expose students to ideas, cultures, and people from around the globe. Representing a diverse range of perspectives and story-telling styles, the films in this series have brought all corners of the world to Coachella Valley youth.

Student Screening Day is so successful that we launched a similar day of programming during ShortFest. And because the filmmakers attending Student Screening Day at ShortFest are often just a few years on from the students themselves, they are able to bring their experience to bear in a very direct way as students contemplate next steps in their educational and career pursuits.