Turn film into fame with film contest

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

There is still time to submit your film to Highline's second annual film festival!

The second annual student film festival's deadline is Jan. 29, with this year's theme of transformation.

It is free to enter the competition for current Highline students registered for Winter Quarter 2018.

"Last year, a lot of students were intimidated and thought that since they lacked the tools they didn't have a chance," said Sean Puno, one of the judges.

Susan Rich, and Dr. Tommy Kim are also judges for this year's contest.

Rich is an English, and film studies professor at Highline College, as well as a published author.

Dr. Kim is a film studies, and english professor at Highline College.

"The first winner was a catalyst. After that, they realized that they didn't have to be a filmmaker, have expensive equipment, or be in school for filmmaking to win."

Kelsey Parr, last year's winner for the film "The Home Within, is in LA continuing her film career.

Some of the submissions in last year's contest were recorded on people's phones, said Puno.

"We were excited to do the first contest, but we didn't know what the outcome would be, if we would get any submissions," said Puno.

This year's contest requires films to fall between 2 minutes 30 seconds and 5 minutes.

"Last year there were more rules, and challenges, which we thought impeded the creative process," said Puno.

"We are trying to encourage creativity, and focus on that rather than overcoming a challenge," Puno said.

They wanted to create awareness of the film industry, and appreciation for the power of film, said Puno.

"The best films have interesting stories, and they go through some sort of conflict," said Puno.

Highline has had film festivals in the past. The first was in 1965.

"If you put feelings and emotions into your film, someone will empathize with it. As long as you are sharing your own experiences, those are the ones that hit home," said Puno.

Prizes are $250 for first place, $125 for second place, $100 for third place, and $75 for fourth place.

Films can be submitted at highlinefilmfestival.blogs.highline.edu/.

For more information, visit highlinefilmfestival.blogs.highline.edu/.

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