2nd Annual Film Festival returns with more entries
May 12, 2011 • Jose Pedro Siruno, Entertainment Editor
Filed under Features
When it comes to the fine art shows, Kofa is considered the King of them in Yuma. Kofa has shows ranging from dance, band, choir, drama, and variety. Soon a relatively new showcase of Kofa talent will return this Monday at Film and Drama Club’s 2nd Annual Film Festival.
Last year,was the first time that Kofa High School held its own film festival, with films all made by students. The event is a competition, and anyone can join and send in a film as long as it meets the rules and requirements of the event. In the previous film festival, there were eight films that were admitted to the competition, this year there are thirteen.
When it comes to this new idea drama teacher and creator of film festival Ms. Olsen sees potential in the competition. “I have always thought that film was such an incredible medium to work, there is so much you can do”, Ms. Olsen said. Today films can be made by anyone with a video recorder and simple editing software. A movie can easily be made with the technology we have available, but it takes true talent to try to bring a vision to life with the limitations of shots and time.
The announcement of Film Festival was made a month before the due date for entrees. Ms.Olsen’s Advanced and Production class made films as a project for three weeks, but most were determined to enter it into the competition. Olsen explains the efforts of a student director as, “An insane amount of work”, she continued on saying that the work and effort that a director and editor has to go through is tremendous compared to that of the actors. In the end though most of the work done to make a short film is worth it. Ms. Olsen described the project as “A major creative effort combined with work and dedication. I see students grow a lot while participating in this project, and its a big confidence boost!”.
Other challenges that participants faced, other than the due dates, were the new requirements added to film fest, which included stricter copyright rule, and more points given to creativity and plot of the film. When asked if audience would gain anything new from the Film Festival, Ms. Olsen replied,” I’m not sure if they will, but I hope they enjoy it are inspired to go be creative on their own, I want twenty films to enter next year!”.
If you are a movie buff, love independent work, or just like a good short film, go to the Film and Drama Club’s Film Festival 2011 in the auditorium on May 16 at 7:00pm. Admission is $3, and there will be an audience vote for the “Fan Favorite Award”.
Films That Will be Shown:
I love You By Sarah Cervantes
Residential Running Zombies By Brandon Parish and Edgar Figueroa
If Ms.Olsen Had the Force By Megan Pulda
Stacy’s Bad Day By Gilberto Garza Jr
Chemotherapy for the Brokenhearted By Leo Angulo
The Great Theatre Robbery By Jose Pedro Siruno
I hope you Remember your Future By Simone La Londe
The Perfect Crime By Trevor Wilson
Paranormal Haunting By Kylar Miranda
Finding a Place By Marion Valenzuela
Be Yourself By Caitlyn Ratcliff
I wish I spoke Dog By Diana Gonzalez
Sleep Tight By Diana Cisneros