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Only the Young


Directors: Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet
Producer: Derek Waters
Co-Producers: Yoko Okumura, Sean Rourke Meehan, Josh Polon


Official Selection:
  • Hot Docs 2012 – World Premiere
  • True/False 2012 – Sneak Preview
  • Cinema Eye Honors 2013 – WINNER, Best Debut Feature
  • NPR’s 2012 In Review – “10 Films Worth Going Out Of Your Way For”
  • AFI-Discovery Silverdocs 2012 – WINNER, Sterling Award, Best U.S. Feature
  • AFI Fest 2012 – WINNER, Audience Award
  • Camden International 2012 – WINNER, Emerging Cinematic Vision Award
  • San Francisco International 2012
Critical Response:
  • “An unqualified hit. Of the past decade’s many fine films on skateboarders and international skateboarding culture, Only the Young stands out as the most human and affecting.” – Variety
  • “After only one viewing, I’m ready to file Only the Young in the all-time coming-of-age canon.” – Hammer to Nail
  • “Truly cinematic. Only the Young captures small moments that seem too good to be true yet too genuine to be staged or scripted, with an exceptional lyricism not found in most fiction features.” –
  • “A major feature debut. Beautifully shot and affectionate without turning cute or coddling, it’s the best possible kind of crowdpleaser.” – Filmmaker Magazine
  • “Sublime.” – Reverse Shot