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27th Annual Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival

A photograph of young people on stage in front of a large screen that reads “25th Annual DIYDS.”
Filmmakers at the 25th Annual Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival in 2022, at the Harvard Art Museums. Courtesy of Community Art Center.


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall
Enter at Broadway for evening programs

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join us for the premiere screening of Community Art Center’s 27th Annual Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival, the longest-running youth film festival in the country. A panel discussion with the teen filmmakers and a short reception in the Calderwood Courtyard will follow the screening.

Community Art Center has served residents of the Port neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1937. The organization ensures that youth in the neighborhood have the same access to arts experiences as the youth of other communities in Cambridge. The center became known as a space for young people to explore creative expression and build their narrative storytelling abilities. In 1996, six teen girls at the center decided they’d had enough of the lack of representation and the misrepresentation they were seeing in the media. They picked up cameras and began to tell their own stories, creating a film festival that is hyperlocal but has a national reach.

The film screening will begin at 6pm in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open for seating at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance.

Free admission, but seating is limited. You can register by clicking on the event on this form, beginning Wednesday, May 8, after 10am. Walk-in visitors are always welcome, if space allows.

Limited complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.