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Encinitas Student Film Festival Announced

Encinitas Student Film Festival Announced

The City of Encinitas Arts Division announces an inaugural event, the Encinitas Student Film Festival. Truly unique, the festival offers students not only the opportunity to screen their original films but to also learn the art of filmmaking from the very best in the industry. All festival events are presented free of charge.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for our student filmmakers and I encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth.

The Senior Division, comprising North County high school and junior college students, will create short films in their choice of genres. Accepted films will screen at a special “red carpet” Awards Ceremony, Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1:00pm at Historic La Paloma Theatre, 407 S. Coast, Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA, 92024. There will “Best Of” awards given in all major filmmaking categories plus awards presented to the outstanding films of the Festival.

The Junior Division, for Encinitas students in grades 1-8, will produce short films screening at a “red carpet” Awards Ceremony during the 3rdAnnual Encinitas Arts Festival, March 22, 2014, 10:00am-2:00pm, at the Encinitas Community Center 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA.

What makes this Festival so special? For the Senior Division, in addition to seeing their work on the “Big Screen”, there is also a one day Filmmaking Symposium, February 1, 2014, 8:00am-4:00pm, at the Encinitas Community Center 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024. 

“We’ve gathered together a highly respected group of professional filmmakers to present workshops in all major filmmaking disciplines. Each workshop leader is a Principal in a production company/organization specializing in various components of filmmaking,” said Francine Filsinger, Festival Producer. “Within the ranks of Symposium participants attendees will find an ‘A List’ of Hollywood directors, multiple Emmy award-winners, University professors, award-winning actors and a former CNN Bureau Chief.”

Of particular note is the participation of Hollywood writer and director, Mr. Jordan Roberts. He will fully participate at the Symposium and will also personally view and comment on the Festival’s winning film. Mr. Roberts is currently in post-production with his latest film, YOU’RE NOT YOU, starring two-time Academy Award Winner, Hillary Swank. His other credits include: writer and director of AROUND THE BEND, starring Christopher Walken and Michael Caine; and New York Times’ Pick Of The Week — FRANKIE GO BOOM, starring Charlie Hunnam, Chris O’Dowd and Lizzy Caplan.

Other Symposium highlights: a professional film crew will re-create a scene from the film classic, “Casablanca.” Students will have an intimate view into the inner-workings of a production set. Later in the day students will view the edited version of the scene. The Symposium will conclude with a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

“It is a rare opportunity for students to have the chance to interact with professionals at this level. The overriding goal of ESFF is to stimulate their creativity, imagination and to dream about what could be. Then, to equip them with tools to begin a new and unique journey in filmmaking,” said Filsinger. 

Instructors throughout North County are being notified of this special opportunity; the help of parents and students is being requested.

Entry forms and other materials are available on the festival website:  www.EncinitasStudentFilmFestival.com, and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/encinitasstudentfilmfestival.

–City of Encinitas

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