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Monday, February 06, 2012

Youth Film Festival Issues Call for Entries

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The Westport Youth Film Festival has announced a call for entries for high school filmmakers for its 2012 Festival, to be held on Saturday, June 2 at The Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport. Entries are due by Saturday, March 10.

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The Festival seeks films that fall into any one of the following categories: comedy, drama, documentary, experimental, music video, and animation. In addition, all films produced in Connecticut will be automatically entered into a special Connecticut category.

The films’ directors must be high school-aged or younger at the completion of filming (ages 13-19), an announcement said. Local, national, and international directors are encouraged to apply.

The WYFF Youth Board will be screening all submissions; those selected to appear in the Festival will be judged in their category by an industry professional.

The winners in each category will receive an award as well as a $250 cash prize (courtesy of the Broadcast Film Critics Association). All entries will be considered for a Social Action award, for which the winner will receive an award and a $500 cash prize.

“Students who have had their films showcased at WYFF have gone on to some of the country’s most prestigious film schools and have pursued successful careers in the film industry,” said Evan Neidich, program director of the Festival.

To apply online, visit www.INDEE.tv. Scroll down and click the green Submit Your Film button and select Westport Youth Film Festival for rules and directions for submission.

Early deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15, at a fee of $10 per entry; regular deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at a fee of $15; final deadline is Saturday, March 10, at a fee of $25 per entry.

For those in need of financial aid, scholarships are readily available for filmmakers submitting one or more films. To apply for a scholarship, send a formal written request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Posted 02/06/12 at 10:19 PM

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