The 2nd Annual MMtM Youth Short Film Festival concluded with over 1000 young filmmakers showcasing their work at the Valley Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 24. There were some truly incredible films that were written, performed, filmed, directed, and edited entirely by students from over 30 elementary, middle school, and high schools throughout Council District 12 and the San Fernando Valley, including the Greig Smith Devonshire PALS Youth Community Center, New Horizons, and the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.
Youth are often an untapped source for creative change-making ideas and the focus of Mitchell Englander’s Making Movies that Matter Youth Short Film Festival is self evident. With guidance and support from mentors, it was our hope that participating students were inspired to choose subject matter that is personal, heartfelt and meaningful to them which ultimately manifested itself in quality short films we were all be proud of. These young students and community members were mentored and supported and at every step of the film-making process from award-winning artists-in-residence from the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP). In addition, the Apple store of Northridge donated editing training to the students and staff in support of the project. We were inspired and amazed by their accomplishments—on their campuses, in their communities, and beyond.
Participants used themes of social action and civic engagement to guide their creative process in one of four categories: public service announcement (PSA), documentary, live action, and animation. Each level of education, elementary through college, was awarded for each category and while every film submitted was worthy of praise, one film came out on top to take the Englander Award for Overall Best Film. Congratulations to Chatsworth Charter High School for winning the Englander Award with their musical, Trust & Believe, and to all of the artistic minds that made the 2017 Making Movies that Matter Youth Short Films the best we've ever seen.
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