Lights, Camera, Action!

The City of Encinitas Arts Division is presenting the Encinitas Student Film Festival. This festival offers young filmmakers the opportunity to screen their original short films, and 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 Junior Division, for Encinitas students from first to eighth grade, will have their short films screened at a red carpet awards ceremony during the 3rd Annual Encinitas Arts Festival on March 23 at 1:30 p.m., at the San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center.

The Senior Division, comprised of high school and junior college students, created four to eight minute short films in their choice of genres. Accepted films will screen at a red carpet awards ceremony on April 6 at the historic La Paloma Theatre. “Best Of” awards will be given in all filmmaking categories plus awards for most outstanding films of the festival.

Young filmmakers also got the chance to participate in a recent symposium, learning from the Hollywood greats. “We 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 Festival Producer Francine Filsinger.

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