Film Festival Inspires Student Directors

Posted on January 14, 2011

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Nathan Kosmin / Entertainment

Recent months have seen a lot of great products coming from the STHS film studio. From the school-wide lip dub to an online video channel (check the High School web page for a link), a lot of talent has been displayed. The next big event for Springfield’s filmmakers is the 2011 Greenfield Youth Film Festival, an event in which film students from 20 area schools will attend workshops, write, produce, and edit their own short films to compete for money, software, and other prizes.

The festival began with a one-day workshop on January 7. The filmmakers spent the day at Montgomery County Community College, where they attended lessons from teachers and industry professionals, and also created and filmed short scenes. Several of Mr. Meder’s TV Production classes will be submitting films to the festival, including the class behind the lip dub. Unfortunately, copyright law does not allow the lip dub to be entered in the festival, but the class is working on several other projects to submit.

“The festival is unbelievable, really,” says Mr. Meder. “[it’s] a huge audience and a huge competition…there are industry professionals that were there last year and said that there are professional festivals that aren’t this good.”

Last year, Springfield submitted 16 films to the festival. Springfield students took home two awards. Ian Brunell, now a graduate, took second place in the Experimental film category for his film “Sharing is Caring,” while seniors Ben Jaffe and Greg Griffin won a screenwriting award for their short “The Gamer.” This year’s awards ceremony and “red carpet” screening will be held at the Keswick Theatre at 7 P.M. on May 4. Although the workshop may be over, budding filmmakers still have a chance to submit something to the festival−the deadline for submissions is March 31, and any student can enter. With the number of schools participating doubled from last year and the number of awards increased, this year’s festival looks to be a blockbuster. Admission is free, so come down and support your Spartan filmmakers!

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