OHA! Student Film Festival Deadline May 25th

Student members of Opera House Arts’ Community Advisory Board have created and launched the first annual Imagination Project Student Film Festival at the Stonington Opera House. The festival will screen at the Stonington Opera House on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. Admission will be free. All entries are due May 25th at 5 p.m. Guidelines and submission forms are available at http://www.operahousearts.org.
OHA Community Advisory Board members Mena Mattes and Marvin Merritt, both eighth graders, and Sasha Zembrusky, a sophomore at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, came up with the idea and have spearheaded the planning for the festival, which will showcase short films of all genres by young, emerging filmmakers in grades 6-12. The festival is an extension of OHA’s Imagination Project Public Access Digital Media Studio, from which community members of any age can check out digital video cameras and professional-level lighting and sound equipment, as well as gain access to and learn to use digital editing software.
All works submitted for the festival must be shot, edited, written and directed by one or more students. Submissions also must be 10 minutes or under in length, including titles and credits. Works in progress are eligible for consideration. All entries must be accompanied by a submission form, available at http://www.operahousearts.org. Multiple entries are accepted but each entry must be accompanied by separate form. Entries must be received in labeled DVD format, and be accompanied by a written copy of the film credits; a short artist statement (why did you make the film?); and a short director’s biography (who are you?). All submitted films will be pre-screened for appropriate content and production quality. All submissions will be mailed or delivered to Opera House Arts as outlined in the guidelines.
Entrants will be notified of acceptance by May 29.
Opera House Arts (OHA) is a nonprofit small professional theater noted for its original productions and artistic commissions of performance work relevant to its Down East Maine community. OHA’s Community Advisory Board is comprised of 20 diverse members from Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula, and operates alongside and in conjunction with OHA’s Board of Directors and Artistic Advisory Board. OHA restored and operates the 1912 Stonington Opera House with a full, 52-week-a-year schedule of first-run movies, live theater, concerts, dance, workshops, community events and educational programs. For more information and a full schedule of events, please go to http://www.operahousearts.org.

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