The 9th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival has come and gone, and it was one of the best Festivals ever! We had so many great films it was almost impossible for our judges to pick just one for each category. But in the end, only one film could win each award, and it's our pleasure to announce the winning films for 2012:
War Within by Jonathan D'Ambrosio - Best Film
Winter Wonderland by Morgan King - Judges' Choice
Through the Mirror by Griffin Snow - Peoples' Choice
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Matthew George - Best Animation
Mutual Slump by Samuel Peters - Best Experimental Film
Sling by Aaron Porter - Best Music Video
Plugged In by Anna Dodd - Best Short Film
The Mission by Kyle Misak - Best Technical Merit
Thanks again to every director who entered a film in this years' Festival, and congratulations to all of our winners. If you couldn't make it to the Festival, we'll be posting the complete lineup to our YouTube channel soon so you can catch up with everything you missed!
We're gearing up for the Teen Filmmaker Festival on Sunday, and the anticipation is just killing us! If you can't wait, check out this Arts & More preview from WMUK. There's a great article about the Festival, a preview by film critic James Sanford, and a look at the making of Becky Burgen's entry Be You.
Tickets for the Festival will be available on Sunday at the Rave, starting at 11 AM when the theater opens. There's no cost for admission, but make sure you get there early because the Festival was standing-room only last year!
Teen Film Fest
Hey, all- due to a printing error with an old version of the Teen Filmmaker Festival entry form, we've extended the deadline to Monday at 9PM. But you still need to submit your films!
So there we were just hanging around in the Teen Area today, minding our own business, when out of nowhere this happened:
Too bad you weren't there... you could have filmed it and entered it into the Teen Filmmaker Festival! Good thing there's still FIVE MORE DAYS to submit your own films...
Attention teen filmmakers: You now have exactly 9 days left to submit your films for this years' Teen Filmmaker Festival, presented by Kalamazoo Public Library, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Public Media Network in association with Rave Motion Pictures Cityplace 14 in Kalamazoo! You'll need to get your films and entry forms to the Teen Services Desk at Central Library by 5 PM on Saturday, January 21th, so don't hesitate. You can also mail your films to: Teen Services Department: ATTN: Teen Film Fest, Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. If you're planning on mailing your films in, make sure your envelope is packaged securely so your disc doesn't turn into a coaster on the way here. Also, make sure your film arrives by the deadline or it may not be considered for this years' festival!
You can read up on all of the official rules and download an entry form on the official Film Fest page, and don't forget to check out the 2011 winning films at the KPL YouTube channel! Take a look at our list of tips and tricks for first-time filmmakers, and don't miss our list of Frequently Asked Questions for more answers!
OK …you’re back to school and your break is over. Now it’s time to focus on all the winter fun that is ahead! Where you say? At the KPL Teen Services of course! Come on down and see our, I mean, YOUR new space. It is colorful and bright with twelve windows and even a door!
Some of you got the memo, it was on and popping in Teens this afternoon. If you haven’t been down to check us out then “make your way downtown” to the library.
KPL Teen Services
Looking for something to read? Come down to Teens and check out our NEW books. We’ve set up a display just to showcase some of our new arrivals. We’ve had quite a few new books come in recently; new color, new furniture, new wall, NEW books!
Even though the snow hasn’t arrived yet you can still get in the mood by checking out some of our “snow” book in our glass display case; every title has the word snow in it.
“Let it snow, let it snow.”
We are making great progress in the Teen area updates. As you can see by the photo the wall has gone up. We now have ten windows within our wall space. Our doors and computers will be functioning soon! How exciting is our new space going to be… I think it is going to be awesome!
Come on down and check it out and share your opinions with our staff (about how much you just love the new TEEN space). We are all geeked about the activities we will be having in our new colorized teen area. Make sure you check out the great teen events that are coming up this month and set aside some time during your winter/holiday break to attend them. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
In preparation for the (dun-dun-duuuuuunnnn!) new wall that's going up in early December, we're trying out some new paint colors around the Teen Area. The pillars by the entrance have been painted to match the new furniture, there's some blue along the walls, and several pillars have been painted an electric greenish-yellow color. Stop by and tell us what you think!
This coming Saturday is your chance to get your game on with KPL at the 2011 ALA National Gaming Day! Play hours of your favorite games, from Mario Kart, Fruit Ninja, and Split/Second to Uno, Risk, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Sign up to compete in various tournaments, including the annual Super Smash Bros. Brawl online battle against more than 1,200 other libraries from across the world. Can't make it to Central? No problem! Games are portable, and we'll be playing at Oshtemo and Washington Square (on an informal basis) as well. More info is coming soon... stay tuned!