Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival
The Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival (DIYDS!!) is the longest running youth-produced festival in the country, drawing over 1000 youth and adults to public screenings every year. Through DIYDS!!, 15-20 youth film makers come to Cambridge from all over the country and the world to show their short films at venues such as the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, MIT Media Lab and the Cambridge Public Library. DIYDS!! was created by five Teen Media Program participants in 1996 who understood that, “if you want something done, you gotta do it your damn self.” This audacious motto became the mission of the festival, where youth producers are given a venue to be heard and appreciated by a wide audience.