The final list of official selections is featured on the website and free tickets are now available for the March 30 screening at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The festival is free and open to the public, and movies buffs are in for a reel treat.
The first of its kind festival showcases Los Angeles's most talented high school filmmakers. Hosted by L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the unique Los Angeles Student Media Festival allows young filmmakers to tell their stories without adhering to the traditional means of filmmaking. With the proliferation of digital media, young filmmakers are no longer restricted by the old cinematic paradigm. Instead, students are free to tell their stories with a cell phone, a computer and just about anything else that comes to mind.
The festival celebrates their innovative work and the creative spirit inherent in public and private high school students throughout Los Angeles County. By providing a unique outlet, the festival will help inspire students to invest in their craft and grow as artists, encouraging the development of Los Angeles’ next generation of filmmakers.
This unique festival is an offshoot of the highly successful FilmFest 43 – a film festival Krekorian created and ran for two years while a member of the California State Assembly. FilmFest 43 offered young filmmakers in Burbank, Glendale and parts of Los Angeles the unique and exciting opportunity to screen their work to hundreds with a select crop winning awards for excellence.