Montclair International Film Festival: Kidz Shortz

UPDATE: Registration date has been extended until October 31, 2011.

Attention budding filmmakers! Montclair International Film Festival (MIFF) announced plans today to launch “Kidz Shortz”, an ambitious new summer educational initiative aimed at showcasing and inspiring the filmmaking talent of Montclair students.

Barista Kids is thrilled to be a media partner in this first ever town-wide film competition for kids.

The Kidz Shortz competition is open to all students entering 4th through 12th grade, with each asked to create a four minute film entitled, “My Town…The Way I See It.”  Registration for “Kidz Shortz” begins today and will run through September 30, 2011, with films being judged in the following groups: “Visionaries,” for students entering grades 10-12, “Storytellers,” for students entering grades 7-9 and “Cinemaniacs” for students entering grades 4-6.

“Kidz Shortz is about giving Montclair’s students a strong community voice,” stated Carol Taylor Beinish, Chair of MIFF’s Kidz Shortz initiative. “Montclair has a rich tradition of valuing the arts and creativity. With government resources tapped, MIFF is committed to helping, creating and sponsoring affordable fun events to ensure our values are not compromised.  We hope this new educational initiative will inspire future filmmakers, showcase the importance of filmmaking, and provide kids in Montclair with the opportunity to do something productive this summer.”

“Kidz Shortz can provide the youth with an opportunity to express their artistic abilities through the art of filmmaking”, stated Dr. Felice A. Harrison, Assistant to the Superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools. “MIFF has taken an initiative in providing a forum to showcase the arts and foster creativity within students. We hope Montclair’s parents will encourage their children to participate this summer and we anticipate strong interest from the community.”

All the details about “Kidz Shortz,” including the rules and how students may submit films, can be found here. There is no entry fee to participate. Films must be no longer than 4 minutes in length and all content must be acceptable for all audiences. Films will be accepted that do not meet the “Theme Criteria” and will be eligible for Honorable Mention award.  Winners will be chosen by a jury that will consist of a combination of film students from Montclair State University, professional filmmakers, and peer judges chosen from Montclair schools. Winners be announced in October of 2011.

Barista Kids will be the place to go for all your Kidz Shortz coverage.

Today’s announcement of the “Kidz Shortz” educational initiative comes on the heals of a hugely successful few days for MIFF, which witnessed the launch of “Cinema Montclairisimo,” the Festival’s annual free outdoor family film screenings series. In addition, MIFF hosted on Monday, an exclusive screening of Andrew Rossi’s critically acclaimed documentary, Page One: Inside the New York Times, featuring Montclair’s own David Carr, Media Columnist for the New York Times. Since its formal launch six months ago, MIFF has sponsored a series of successful events such as the Academy Awards Celebration, and the well-attended events held at its Bloomfield Avenue headquarters.

The Montclair International Film Festival (MIFF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture and showcase the talents of filmmakers from around the world, while creating a cultural focal point for the Township of Montclair that unites, empowers, educates and celebrates our diverse heritage and robust artistic community.

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  1. Too bad it doesn’t start with four YEARS old. Now that would be something.

    It sounds like a great summer project, and a fantastic learning experience in editing. Hopefully the kids will be able to keep their parents’ fingers off the edit buttons.

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