Lights, camera—student films in action

New twist on film fest: short films by young filmmakers will be featured as part of the 2nd annual Friday Harbor Film Festival.   - Contributed image / FHFF
New twist on film fest: short films by young filmmakers will be featured as part of the 2nd annual Friday Harbor Film Festival.
— image credit: Contributed image / FHFF

Organizers of the Friday Harbor Film Festival invite San Juan County students to create and submit short films for the annual Young Filmmakers Festival, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in conjunction with the Film Festival.

Submitted films will be juried by a panel of student and adult film aficionados and must be 10 minutes or less, including film credits. A selection of the films will be viewed during the festival, along with a selection of winning films from regional competitions.

Young FilmmakersStudents wishing to submit films are encouraged, but not required, to participate in a daylong filmmaking workshop for students grades 5-8, July 24, at San Juan Island Library. The workshop is taught by filmmakers Conrad Wrobel and Bruce Bosley, instructors of the popular “How to make a zombie movie” workshops sponsored by the Orcas Funhouse in 2012 and 2013. The 2013 workshop produced “Little Dead Riding Hood,” which received acclaim at several regional film festivals. For more about the workshop, call, (360) 378-2798.

In addition, organizers of the Young Filmmakers Festival are looking for one student from each of the islands’ high schools to participate as festival organizer and help jury film submissions. These are volunteer positions requiring up to 24 hours over three months per, beginning in September.

Students interested in submitting films, participating as jurists and organizers, or for general information about the festival should contact event organizers before school ends, or as soon as possible. Contact info: Sandy Strehlou, 360 378-8337, or; Noreene Ignelzi, 360 298-2083, or



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