Flick Fest

The 20th Annual Nichols School Flick Fest Student Film and Video Festival accepts entries by middle and high school students from across Western New York. Student work submitted to the festival is judged by a panel of student filmmakers and curated into a single evening screening. Participation in the Flick Fest gives student filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work to a Western New York audience, meet fellow filmmakers, and view work by their filmmaking peers. The festival committee works to make the evening entertaining and informative. In addition to the screening, a few entries are singled out to receive awards.

The deadline for all entries is Friday, May 1. The entries must be sent in using a flash drive, USB, Dropbox, or We-Transfer file. Entries must be under five minutes in length; however, excerpts of longer pieces will be considered


An annual film festival started in the year 2000 by Ms. Mancuso’s Filmmaking Video Art class at Nichols School. The Flick Fest film festival is a forum for Western New York high school and middle school students to showcase the best of their motion picture pieces. In addition to winning prizes, students will have an opportunity to meet their peers, screen their own work in front of a diverse audience, and to get a look at film/video work from area students.


The festival involves an open call for work. The student committee makes a poster and sends out letters to area schools and media outlets. The students also launch a social media campaign for the festival and make short films to promote the festival and encourage fellow students to make films. When the student entries are collected, the student festival committee views and judges the work. The committee selects the works to screen and curates a program. The students whose works are selected are notified and encouraged to attend the program. The student committee watches the selected festival entries and selects winning work. On the evening of the festival, the student festival committee acts as the emcee for the evening, greeting the attendees and handing out ballots for the “People’s Choice” award. Then everyone sits back and enjoys the wonderful selection of films. Finally, awards are presented to the best entries of each category and the crowd’s favorite film.

Past award categories include
: Best of Animation, Best of Comedy, Best of Music Video, Best of Experimental, Best of Film, Best of Drama, Best of Documentary, and the People’s Choice
For more information contact:
Andrea Mancuso
716-332-6300 x365
Find more information at our Nichols Flick Fest Facebook page.


  • The Flick Fest has a 19-year history.
  • The Flick Fest has screened the work of over 430 local students.
  • Over 38 area schools have participated in the festival.
  • NYSMATA (NYS Media Teachers Alliance), Squeaky Wheel, The Buffalo News, Buffalo Rising and Artvoice and The Public have promoted the festival and run articles about the students and their films.
  • The Flick Fest has screened at Nichols School and at the Albright Knox Art Gallery
Past participating schools include:
  • Akron High School
  • BAVPA (Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • Bishop Timon / St Jude High School
  • Canisius High School
  • City Honors School
  • Clarence Senior High School
  • East Aurora High School
  • Grand Island High School
  • Kenmore West Senior High School
  • Lackawanna High School
  • Lake Shore Central High School
  • Lancaster High School
  • North Tonawanda High School
  • Nardin High School
  • Niagara Falls High School
  • Nichols School High School and Middle School
  • Orchard Park High School
  • Park School of Buffalo
  • St. Joseph Collegiate Institute
  • Squeaky Wheel
  • Sweet Home High School
  • The Buffalo Seminary
  • Williamsville North High School
  • Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School