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!
We've added a gallery on our Flickr page of photos taken the night of the Teen Filmmaker Festival. If you missed the festival, you can still see what it looked like inside the huge theater number 1 at Rave Motion Pictures. Take a look!
Come down to Rave Motion Pictures Cityplace 14 on Sunday the 27th at 2:30 PM for the 8th annual Teen Filmmaker Festival! Admission is free but seats are limited, so come on and grab some popcorn, snag a spot and prepare to check out the best films by teen directors of 2011. Check out the updated Teen Film Fest page for info on the films to be screened, prizes, dates and times and more!
UPDATE: We've modified the list of films to show the winners. We'll have copies of the films up on YouTube shortly! Thanks once again to all of the filmmakers who entered films this year.
Teen Advisory board (TAB) is a way for the teens of Kalamazoo to talk with the staff of their local library. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Central library in the Van Deusen Room, from 3:30 to 5 pm. These meetings are lead by Stewart Fritz and are welcome for all 7th through 12th graders. Snacks and drinks are provided, as well as games after the meeting is done.
This month there was an announcement that there would be a new TAB meeting every third week of the month as well as the first week. This is run by Karen Santamaria. It’s called TAB+. We will also be reviewing books and talking about what we are currently reading. It’s a combination of Galley group and TAB. It “unofficially” starts January 19th.
Film Fest submissions are due January 22! This year’s film festival is being held at the Rave Theater in downtown Kalamazoo. TAB Volunteers get to see all the films. It is taking place on February 27th at 2:30 PM.
At the last meeting we added a volunteer aspect. Ready to Read is a program that gives books out to babies, toddlers, and young children. It also has volunteers read to kids at the library. TAB helped organize books for the Ready to Read organization.
So if any of this interests you, come to the next meeting on February 2nd.
I’ll be there.
Attention teen filmmakers: You now have exactly 19 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! You'll need to submit films and entry forms to the Teen Services Desk at Central Library by 5 PM on Saturday, January 22th, so there's no time to waste. You can also mail your films to: Teen Services Department: ATTN: Teen Film Fest, Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Make sure your envelope is packaged securely so your film doesn't bite the dust on the way here.
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 clips of last years' winners 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!
This year's Teen Filmmaker Festival was another huge success. Despite horrible weather outside, over 200 people came out to enjoy the best films from area teen filmmakers. Shown above, a still from Zach Terry's Defining David Dalton, which took home the Best Film and Peoples' Choice awards. We've got info on all of the finalists on our Teen Film Fest page, as well as links to our YouTube channel where you can view all of the award-winning entries in their entirety. Congratulations to all of our area filmmakers!