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Founded in 1996 by six Cambridge teens who felt misrepresented in the media and wanted to change it, the festival is a champion of social-justice and issue-focused youth filmmakers who want to make it happen.

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The Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival (DIYDS!!) is the longest running youth-produced festival in the country, drawing over 800 youth and adults to screenings every year.


DIYDS!! is a product of The Cambridge Community Art Center's Teen Media Program, which embraces the filmmakers who want to see change.

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