The “Do It Your Damn Self!!” National Youth Video and Film Festival was created in 1996 when four teens from Cambridge felt misrepresented in the media and decided to do something about it. DIYDS!! takes seriously the responsibility to preserve a tradition of championing the expression of contemporary youth. This festival is not just about the videos, it’s about who makes them and why.
DIYDS!! gives youth producers a national audience. Through the intense candor, courage, and vibrant energy of youth. DIYDS!! filmmakers challenge their audience to be more alive, more aware and more pro-active. The mission of this festival was, is and always will be, to give youth producers like ourselves a place to be heard.