“Live+Jesus” was the motto of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Catholic Church, and often found in his letters, writings and sermons. Growing up during the bloody turmoil of the religious wars in Europe, this 17th century Bishop of Geneva became a beacon of peace through his gentleness and devotion to teaching people at all levels of society how to live a life of Christian virtue through prayer and love for all people. It is the desire of the North American Salesian Network (NASN) to use this film festival to spread this “Salesian Spirituality” to a world in desperate need of healing and a path to both inner and exterior peace. We encourage our filmmakers to explore the Salesian quotes and themes provided in the guidelines to help you produce a message that will inspire the world to “Live+Jesus.” This event is sponsored by the DeSales Secular Institute.

Films can be submitted from September 5th, 2023 through March 1st, 2024.

The 2024 NASN Film Festival will be made available for viewing on Monday, April 1, 2024 at 8pm EST on the Embraced by God YouTube channel, and the winners will be revealed at that time.

A special jury of men and women from Salesian religious and lay organizations will select the winning films.



Cash prizes will be offered for both the Youth (up to and including High School students) and Adult (collegiate) categories.

First Prize $500; Second Prize $250; Third Prize $125. Winners will also receive a commemorative plaque. 



All films submitted must have a a run length of 5 minutes or less.

Copyrights, Music, and Other Licensed Materials
The copyright statement should appear at the end of the final credits.  Copyright the film to your production company. Do not use your school or your own name for copyright.  Any music (or other elements in the film) that are copyrighted and/or trademarked must be legally licensed by the filmmaker for use in the film. NASN reserves the right to require proof of licensing from the filmmakers. Music requires both a Sync License and a Master Use License. Trademarked elements (such as logos that are prominently featured) require a signed release from the owner of the trademark. Logos that appear incidentally, on wardrobe or in the background, are allowed under the Fair Use doctrine.


The NASN Film Festival is a public event that is presented by the North American Salesian Network (NASN) and sponsored by the DeSales Secular Institute. Standards relating to content are stricter than what is typically allowed to screen in TV/Film classes. Content that could be considered objectionable by NASN will not be screened. (graphic violence, nudity, excessive profanity, graphic drug use, exploitative situations & themes, etc.)

Please email nasnfilmfestival@gmail.com, if you have questions regarding the content of your film or photo.

Non-English videos may be submitted but must provide English subtitles.


Please keep in mind that the NASN Film Festival judges will evaluate submitted work by applying the following criteria:

1. Does the film have a Salesian theme which includes, either in the narrative or visually, a quote or quotes found on https://www.salesiannetwork.org/salesian-quotes-and-themes/?
2. Does the film clearly link the Salesian theme, either in the narrative or visually, to the Good News of Jesus Christ?
3. Is the film technically proficient?


All entrants to the Youth category must complete a waiver signed by a parent or guardian giving permission to enter this film festival. Waivers are available at the following link:  Parental / Guardian Consent Form

Completed waivers must be submitted to nasnfilmfestival@gmail.com for submissions to be considered.

All submitters confirm, by their submission, that they have obtained all legal permissions from all persons whose voice or image appears in the film. Various release forms are available at the following links:

Appearance Release Form
Minor Appearance Release Form
Location Release Form
Material Release Form

If you have any questions, please contact NASN (North American Salesian Network) at nasnfilmfestival@gmail.com.