The Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival highlights the talent and abilities of the Mid-Atlantic regional young filmmakers. Sponsored by Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts, the festival is held at Temple each spring. The Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival offers young filmmakers in age 12 through 18 an opportunity to screen their work for their peers and film professionals and to compete for awards in the narrative, experimental, documentary, animation and other several categories.
This festival was founded to honor the memory of Derek Freese, a former Temple undergraduate film student. Derek passed away two days after arriving to Hollywood, California. His family decided to keep his love of film alive by founding the Derek Freese Film Foundation in 1997.