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Calling All Mini Spielbergs

Posted at 8:46 AM, Nov 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-09 08:46:10-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Teens interested in film making can enter the Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library.

All films must be submitted by January 18th, 2014 by 5 p.m. to the Teen Services Desk at Central Library. The festival will be held at the State Theatre on S. Burdick Street on February 23rd, 2014 starting at 2:30 p.m. You can get festival tickets at the theatre box office on the day of starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are being given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will be prizes for best film, best animation, best experimental film, best documentary, best short film (under three minutes), best technical merit, best music video, and judges’ choice.

Here is a look at the official rules and format requirements from the Teen Filmmaker Festival:

Official Rules

Films must be produced by teens, ages 12-19, who reside in the state of Michigan. More than one teen may work on a film. Adults may be talent in a film, but should perform no other duty in the actual creation of the film. Films may not be more than 10 minutes long. Teens may submit more than one film. Films submitted to the festival will not be returned.

A panel of judges will select the winners in each category except the People’s Choice Award, which will be chosen at the Teen Filmmaker Festival by the audience members.

Format Requirements

Films should be submitted as full-quality Quicktime/MOV files on USB flash drive. DVDs may be submitted instead, but USB drives are preferred. All other formats (including VHS, Windows Media files, low-quality Quicktime files, etc.) will be automatically disqualified. If submitting on DVD, entries must be formatted for Region 1 (North America) and labeled with the film’s title, running time, and director(s) name(s). Please double-check that your DVD plays in its entirety on standard consumer DVD players.