What is FilmFest 4-H?
FilmFest 4-H is a national film festival. It is for youth are are filmmakers, visual artists, aspiring actors, and for those who are just interested in meeting other creative people!
FilmFest helps youth become producers, not just consumers, of digital media
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Because this is the single best opportunity for youth to have this level of access and experience with the film industry without spending thousands of dollars.
For many youth,
some part of filmmaking (editing, acting, prop making, scriptwriting, visual
arts, etc.) is their "spark," that special something that motivates and drives
them from deep within. 4-H Positive Youth Development is all about helping youth
find and nurture those sparks, to help put them on a positive trajectory in ways
that last a lifetime!
What do I need to attend FilmFest 4-H?
Why don't we know the list of professionals who will be attending?
The professionals who work with FilmFest 4-H are genuinely good people who essentially volunteer their time. This allows us to offer FilmFest at such an accessible price! Before committing, they must be sure that lucrative projects they are working on will not call them away during the time they plan to be with us. For this reason, presenter announcements come in the weeks before the actual event. For a look at our presenters from the last several years, click here!
Do I need a parent or chaperone with me?
Either one will
do! As with every 4-H event, youth must have a responsible adult attached
to them. That adult can be a parent or a chaperone for an entire a group, just like any other 4-H event.
Do I have to be a filmmaker, or enrolled in a 4-H film project, to attend the film festival?
Absolutely not. Most participants are teens (and their adults) with an interest in things like film, acting, visual arts, stagecraft, digital media, special effects, makeup, etc.
Isn't there a registration form?
all electronic, and the form can be found
Do I have to stay
at the FilmFest event space?
What is covered in the All Access Pass?
Your All Access Pass covers all workshops, events and festivities of FilmFest 4-H, lunches Monday & Tuesday, and a fun field trip. You are on your own for lodging, evening meals Monday and Tuesday, as well as evening entertainment on Monday.
The details of the daily schedule are still being finalized, but it will follow the same general pattern as our last several years. There is a fun gathering on Sunday evening, with light fingerfood-type fare. On Monday and Tuesday there are workshops in the morning and afternoon, with lunch provided. Everyone is on their own in the evenings, but the hotel offers a light dinner buffet. Wednesday morning’s schedule includes more film-related activities and the awards ceremony, with FilmFest ending shortly before noon.
What do the workshops entail?
are where film industry professionals teach professional techniques and
practices. They tell you about what they do, how they do it, and explore ways that some of these practices can be
accomplished on a teenager’s budget. You can also ask all the questions
you like, and take pictures with them for free!
they actually enjoy meeting you also. Beyond the interactive
workshops, there are opportunities to chat with them afterwards, and even
get pictures and an autograph if you wish.
Many of our
presenters like to sit in on the other workshops, attend the
screenings, and enjoy FilmFest experience themselves.
What's the policy on social media and mobile devices at FilmFest?
media is encouraged, and selfies are totally legit. The hashtag is
#FilmFest4H and you can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
The deadline is
July 15. For all film categories (see below) except One Minute Movie's, the submission fee is $15/film through
June 1 and $20/film from
June 2 to July 1. For One Minute Movie films, the fee is $5/film through
June 1 and $15/film from June 2 through July 1. The link for the film submission form is on the home page.
What are the categories?
Films may be submitted in any one of the following categories:
No, but those who put in the time and effort to travel and attend FilmFest 4-H do get rewarded. Youth who do not attend can still submit films for competition, have their films screened, and may place. However, only the youth who actually attend FilmFest 4-H will be eligible for prizes. If a 3rd place finisher is not present, for example, they still win 3rd place but the 4th place finisher who is present will be awarded their prize.