Teen Film Festival: Showcase Your Film

This just in! Kevin Willmott, a movie director whose worked with the likes of Whoopie Goldberg, Spike Lee and Isaac Hayes, will be the juror.

Teens will showcase their creative storytelling abilities through acting, directing and filming original movies for the library’s first-ever Teen Film Festival. A screening of the selected movies will be Oct. 21 at 7pm in The Edge.

This event provides a safe and accepting venue for creative teens interested in film making and helps generate interest in the art.

“Who knows, the next Steven Spielberg, George Lucas or Peter Jackson might come from our talented pool of teens here in Topeka and Shawnee County. We have connected with local schools to help encourage that creativity,” said Jean Marshall, Youth Services specialist. “For many participants the biggest reward will be making their first movie debut in front of an audience.“

For a movie to make the cut it must be 3 to 5 minutes long and be inspired by a book geared toward teen readers. The deadline for registration is Oct. 3 and film entries are due by Oct. 10. For registration information, visit The Edge inside the library or read the filmmakers’ guidelines right here.

Videos must be submitted on a Digital Video Disc (DVD) or a flash drive. Delivered to the Youth Services desk at TSCPL by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 10, 2011.

Registration Form

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