Years running: 17 (since 2005)


International Film Festival in Laguna Beach.


MY HERO is a not for profit educational web project that celebrates the best of humanity. Our mission is to enlighten and inspire people of all ages with an ever-growing internet archive of hero stories from around the world. MY HERO uses current web technologies to provide a unique educational experience that promotes media literacy and cross cultural communication, peace, human rights and environmental awareness. MY HERO invites visitors of all ages to create and submit short films about those who have inspired and touched their lives.

Film Categories:

  • Elementary School Student 
  • Middle School Student 
  • High School Student
  • College/Grad Student
  • Teacher/Student 
  • Enthusiast/Amateur 
  • Professional


Awards will be given to all finalists. Winners will receive a prize.


  • Work submitted to this film festival must celebrate a hero, explore concepts of heroism, or examine hero-related topics.
  • Shorts: maximum 10 minutes.
  • All footage, video graphics/pictures, and audio (including sound bites, music, etc.) MUST be original, unless you have the express written consent of the original owner for use in your work. We will not knowingly accept a movie that contains uncleared material.
  • Submission is to be made via festival site online form or web platforms (Withoutabox or Filmfreeway)

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Jeanne Meyers (Founder); Wendy Milette (Director and Producer). 



United States
Laguna Beach

Official website



The MY HERO Project
1278 Glenneyre St. #286
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3103

Phone: (949) 376-5964


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    January 01, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 01, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    May 01, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    July 01, 2021
  • Extended Deadline
    September 01, 2021
  • Notifications
    November 12, 2021
  • Event dates
    13 November 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $40
  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $40
  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $40
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