A student short film competition will make its debut in Agoura Hills this spring. Sponsored by the City’s Cultural Arts Council (CAC), the program will recognize works produced by talented high school students from across the Conejo Valley.
Having a regional student film festival is a “big deal,” especially here in Agoura Hills where many industry professionals live and work, according to CAC member Steve Bavin, event coordinator. “The kids in this area are really savvy when it comes to media and art, and being so close to Los Angeles, a lot of high school aged kids are producing professional-quality work in hopes of going to film school and trying to get the attention of people in the industry,” said Bavin. “An event like this is all about creating opportunities to give these young filmmakers exposure and recognition.”
Celebrity judges include Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, screenwriters of the hit Despicable Me films, and Butch Hartman, creator of the hit animated series The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom, have been tapped to review the top contenders. The reception will be held May 13th.
There are three categories in which entries will be screened–documentary, animation and narrative. Cash prizes of up to $250 will be awarded in the following categories: Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Script, Best Trailer and Best in Competition. “There is a limit of ten minutes for submissions, but I expect the films themselves to reflect a very diverse range of subjects and genres from drama to slapstick comedy,” said Bavin.
Reaction to the competition from individual high schools has been positive. “The students and teachers we have spoken with so far have been extremely enthusiastic and supportive,” he said. “Some schools already have their own individual film festivals throughout the academic year which works out really well for us. I’m sure that we will be seeing many of the films that featured there submitted for consideration to our event.”
The deadline for submission is March 15th. Click here to download the form: 91301 Student Film Competition Form
“The student film festival … is the possible first step on the road to a successful career in filmmaking,” said Agoura Hills Mayor Harry Schwarz. “And one never knows who might be in the audience attending the festival (a producer, director or agent) who might take notice of talent. If nothing else it is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their creativity.”
For more information about the competition, click here.