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Submissions Being Accepted for 3rd Annual High School Film Festival

The contest was sparked by Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian. The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship.

High school students from throughout Los Angeles County are now invited to submit their short films for the 3rd annual , the only film festival intended solely for high school students in Southern California.

The LASMF is looking for original pieces created by high school students that do not exceed seven minutes in length. Student work in the animation, comedy, commercial, drama or documentary / PSA category may be submitted and the winner in each category will win recognition as well as exciting prizes to help further their careers in cinema. In addition, the team or filmmaker that takes the top “Best of Show” award will also win a $1,000 scholarship. 

The deadline for submissions is January 16 and the festival is slated for March 30, 2013, at the El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District.

“Each year, we are treated to wondrous artistic achievements of high school students from every corner of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who created the festival as a member of the State Assembly. “Last year, we received about 200 more submissions than in 2011 and expect more greatness this year as students continue to make us laugh, cry and delve into the emotional depth they are uniquely capable of achieving.”

Last year, the with the final 32 works screened at the historic El Portal Theatre at which the winners were announced. For a complete list of guidelines and more details on how to apply, please see lasmf.lacity.org.


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Sue Maberry September 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
This festival is great, but it is NOT the only film festival for high school students in Los Angeles. I've been going to the Harvard-Westlake Festival (now at the Cinerama Dome) for 10 years!
Mike Szymanski September 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
That is great, please write about it for us, and let us know when it is on our events calendar!
Anthea Raymond September 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM
@Sue -- You are right. There is also the great work of local groups like Echo Park Film Center and others who are making media with teens. AR
Jeremy Oberstein September 13, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Hi all, the LASMF is, to the best of our knowledge, the only festival in L.A. County solely for Southern Californian's high school students. The Harvard-Westlake fest is a fantastic opportunity open to high school students from throughout the state. Fortunately, there are a lot of opportunities for teens to explore their artistic ability in Los Angeles.
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