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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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This year, DIYDS!! is partnering with Hibernian Hall Roxbury, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to host three screenings. We are planning to engage over 800 audience members (2018 audience figures) with our visiting youth filmmakers who are traveling from around the country to discuss their work. 

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