True to the event from which it is patterned, awards will be given in categories such as Best Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Animation, Special Effects, Cinematography, Editing, Original Score and Sound Effects. A new category, the “Voices Heard Award," will be presented to a film that best promotes awareness and appreciation of the lives and stories of people who live with disabilities or obstacles.
In addition to hand-blown trophies, winners will take home other prizes including $3,000 in cash, film-related gifts like a Director’s Chair, and experiences such as a day on the set of an upcoming movie to be made in the region. More importantly, the GYFF provides these young artists with the opportunity to learn, experiment and give voice to deeply personal issues and concerns.
The winners were selected by a panel of more than 40 judges from around the country with significant TV and/or film backgrounds. Many have won Emmys and other awards for their filmmaking, cinematography, producing, directing, editing, writing, acting and record producing expertise. They follow objective criteria and take the time to provide constructive and thoughtful feedback so that the students can continue to learn and hone their craft.
“I am amazed by the talent of these high school students and their passion for making their voices heard so creatively through film. And I’m so grateful for the festival employees and the countless volunteers, including our incredibly talented judges, who give so much time to our festival,” said Jill Greenfield Feldman, executive director, Greenfield Youth Film Festival, and president, Greenfield Foundation.
The films explore the challenges of growing up. Subject matter includes addiction to a computer game, the realization by a bully that he has no friends, an exploration of the pain of a suicidal child, the dreams of a student who wants to pilot a plane, and a fun, stop-motion experimental film about Lego Town and its invasion by a monstrous beast. Also included are 60-second group projects restricted to a trailer for a fake movie, a commercial for an invented product, and a silent movie, with the caveat that all these entries must include a spoon.
The film festival began in 2008 and is a partnership between the Greenfield Foundation and the School District of Upper Dublin. It includes a full-day academic workshop where students learn relevant film-based skills in a hands-on environment from working professionals.
The Performing Arts Center is located at 800 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington, PA 19034.
The Greenfield Foundation, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, funds charitable initiatives devoted to improving the quality of life. The foundation originates and participates in innovative projects which have a ripple effect beyond the immediate impact of the expenditures.
Participating schools are as follows:
· Berks Career and Technology Center
· Conrad Weiser High School
· Bensalem High School
· Council Rock High School North
· George School
· Neshaminy High School
· Conestoga High School
· Owen J. Roberts High School
· Oxford Area High School
· Garnet Valley High School
· Abington High School
· Hatboro Horsham High School
· Souderton Area High School
· Springfield Township High School
· Upper Dublin High School
· Wissahickon High School
· MAST Community Charter
· Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
· Roxborough High School
· Springside Chestnut Hill Academy