Beloit Film Fest offers Student Filmmaker Showcase

• Day of preparation Saturday, Jan. 21, at Beloit Public Library

Staff Report

BELOIT, Wis. — Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced the new Student Filmmaker Showcase as part of the 2012 BIFF schedule.

Presented in partnership with the Beloit Public Library, this is a unique and highly rewarding new film challenge for young adults, the results of which will be screened on the Saturday of BIFF (Feb. 18) at Beloit Public Library.

The program is for middle and high school students, grades sixth through 12th. Entries can be of any genre, must be between 3 and 5 minutes long, and will be created by the students themselves. Guidelines and submission forms, along with helpful links for filmmakers, can be found on the BIFF Student Filmmaker showcase website:

A day of preparation will be held at the library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21. This will give students the opportunity to bring in their projects for feedback or help with technical issues in the filmmaking process. Experts will be available to the students during this time to answer technical and creative questions that may have arisen during their filming.

Teens have started getting involved, and in the words of director of educational programming, Melissa Hawks: “Students are already coming up with wonderfully creative ideas. They seem to be inspired by this program, and I’ve heard them planning everything from a claymation short in the tradition of Wallace and Gromit, to an educational film on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. They’re dreaming big, which is the true purpose of this program.”

The grand prize winner will receive an award at the annual Launch and Laurels party Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Eclipse Center. Other awards will be handed out at the screening of these films Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Student Filmmaker Showcase, which will be held at the Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit, Wis.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2012, issue

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