Move over Spielberg! The Kent County Teen Film Festival is here
David Moore October 4, 2012 | WGVU Seems film festivals are everywhere these days. But a rather unusual festival going on here in West Michigan will showcase the talent of young cinematographers. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
The annual Kent County Teen Film Festival gives aspiring directors and actors the chance to work on a real screen project from the ground up.
Andy Saur of the Kent District Library, with his own varied entertainment and cinematographic background, is one of the Festival advisors.
He notes that more than a few famous Hollywood directors began developing their passion for filmmaking in their childhood. Names like Ronnie Howard, Tim Burton and others.
Saur said "If you've ever rented a DVD by M Night Shyamalan or Steven Spielberg, you'll see they often include their first short film. They're prettry atrocious, but often you can see the early vision of these directors and their passion for film creation."
Saur said "I think part of what we're trying to get at is prodigies, and make sure they have a passion to have a unique vision even when they're 14, 15, 16."
Theres even an awards ceremony, choosing best actor/actress; best director and of course best film.
A grant from Best Buy is providing professional equipment to make the projects less arduous.
Entry deadline is January 7, judging and awards February 2 at Celebration! Cinema North. Details online at www.kdl.org/teens.
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