Interlochen, MI (Vocus) April 9, 2010
This May, high school filmmakers from around the world will have the rare opportunity to meet with their peers and learn from some of the leading names in film at the third annual Future of Cinema International Film Festival. The event is one of only a few film festivals in the world created exclusively for high school students. The four-day event will take place from May 6 to 9 at the DeRoy Center for Film Studies on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts.
“At the Future of Cinema Festival, high school students are not squeezed into a category for young filmmakers -- they are the whole event,” said Michael Mittelstaedt, the festival organizer and director of the motion picture arts program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. “We provide a mix of artistic and educational opportunities that is perfect for any aspiring filmmaker -- or any student who just loves the cinematic arts.” During the four-day event, high school filmmakers will screen works created by their peers and by guest filmmakers and participate in discussions and question-and-answer sessions. The festival attracts entries from around the world -- the 2009 best of fest winner came from the Netherlands.
Festival guests will also interact and learn from established leaders from the film industry. Filmmaker Michael Moore will open the Festival at an interactive forum on Thursday May 6. “We are thrilled to have such a high-profile guest to kick off our third festival,” said Mittelstaedt. “Over the course of his career, Moore has opened doors for documentary filmmakers -- twenty years ago, it was unheard of for a documentary to be widely distributed in movie theaters but today there are so many more opportunities for aspiring filmmakers.”
Students can submit their own work in any of four categories including: narrative, animation, documentary, and screenplay. Detailed rules and submission guidelines are available online. Winners of each category will receive an iPod Touch and a $2000 scholarship to the six-week motion picture arts program at Interlochen Arts Camp. Additional scholarships will also be awarded. Entrants do not need to be present to win. The deadline for submissions to the festival is April 23, 2010.
Any high school student may attend, even if they do not plan to submit a film or screenplay. “This weekend is for students who love cinema. The discussions and learning opportunities last year were incredible,” said Mittelstaedt. “And it’s an ideal opportunity for any student who is considering submitting their work for 2011.”
The Future of Cinema Festival is part of the motion picture arts program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Students study the fundamental components of screenwriting and production in the most advanced facilities available to high school students. Programs are offered through Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school and Interlochen Arts Camp, a six-week summer session.
Other guests include: