VA Film Festival Announces New High School Filmmaking Competition
The Virginia Film Festival is ready for "Action!" at their 25th anniversary festival in November.
"Action!" is the name of the festival's newest addition, a high school short film competition encouraging students to bring their stories to life for a chance at big prizes and a place in the festival.
Festival director Jody Kielbasa wants all high school students in the area to take part. He said, "I think we're trying to reach out to absolutely everybody, everybody who has a love and a passion for film and a story to be told. And I would imagine that encompasses a pretty large group."
The Virginia Film Festival runs November 1-4. For specific information on how you can get involved, see the statement below.
Virginia Film Festival Press Release
The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it is expanding its acclaimed Community Outreach and Education programs to include a new high school filmmaking competition.
Action! The Virginia Film Festival's High School Director Competition will welcome submissions from rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders from throughout the Commonwealth. The Grand Prize winner for the competition will be awarded a check for $1,000 Each of two runners-up in the competition will be awarded $500. All three winning films will receive a special screening at the upcoming 25th Annual Virginia Film Festival, scheduled to take place from November 1-4, 2012, along with one Participant Badge providing access to VFF screenings and the VFF Filmmakers and Sponsors Lounge.
This new competition is the latest addition to the Festival's acclaimed Community Outreach and Education program, which also includes the Young Filmmakers Academy, a filmmaking initiative for elementary and middle school students. Other highlights of the program include the annual Family Day festivities and special middle and high school screenings both during the Festival and throughout the year.
"We are very pleased to announce this new initiative and to provide high school students from throughout Virginia a chance to flex their creative muscles as filmmakers," said Virginia Film Festival Director Jody Kielbasa. "Community outreach is a critically important part of our mission as an organization. And, especially as we celebrate this important milestone year, we see this competition as adding another layer of involvement and interaction that we think is a win-win for everyone involved."
The rules for Action! The Virginia Film Festival's High School Director Competition include:
Students may submit a single application per person or team. Teams may consist of no more than two Directors. There is no limit to the number of participants performing in or contributing to the film.
All films must be the original work of the students submitting them.
Films are limited to five minutes in length, including credits.
Films must include a relevant theme and may not include profanity, graphic violence of sexual content.
To apply for Action! The Virginia Film Festival's High School Director Competition, students must send a completed official entry form plus three (3) DVD copies of the submission film. All copies of the film must be provided on a standard DVD which can be played on a DVD player, and not only on a computer.
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