BestFest Student Films

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• MISSION AND OBJECTIVE:

BestFest Student Films is created to showcase films by area high school students. The festival will be open to all high school students from New Haven Connecticut, and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange).

• ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

Best Video Film & Cultural Center (BVFCC), a cultural nonprofit based in Hamden, announces the creation of BestFest Student Films, a new film festival to showcase work by area high school students. The festival will be open to all high school students from New Haven and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange).

Beyond presenting students’ films, the festival will serve as an educational resource for student filmmakers. The steering committee plans to assemble a group of expert volunteers—including film industry veterans and educators—to mentor and coach students who seek advice on issues ranging from screenwriting to audio engineering, film financing to editing.

• GENERAL RULES:

Films must be made by students who are currently enrolled in high schools in New Haven, Connecticut and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange). They can be shorts or feature length, narrative fiction or documentary. We welcome animation, music videos and experimental films. Content should be appropriate for a high school viewing audience.

Films must be submitted through Withoutabox (link to be added soon). This process is free of charge. For submission questions contact BestFest Student Films at bestfeststudentfilms@bestvideo.com. Find us on Twitter at @bestfestfilms.

• FESTIVAL DATES & DEADLINES:

Free Workshop—The Techniques of Effective Storytelling in Film: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 2 PM

Submission Deadline: Friday, November 18, 2016

Final File Submission: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BestFest Film Festival 2016: Saturday, December 10, 2016 (Location TBD)

Want to get on the mailing list for BestFest Student Films and get access to valuable resources for filmmaking? Email us at bestfeststudentfilms [AT] bestvideo.com. Let us know your name and the school you attend. Good luck making your own movie!

Read the New Haven Independent‘s coverage of our “The Nuts & Bolts of Making a Movie” workshop here.

Submit your films through our Withoutabox page:

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