DeForest Area High School is excited to announce the first ever Student Film Festival March 16-18, 2012. The festival is an invaluable opportunity for students to learn and share ideas and techniques with each other and experts in the field. Students from high schools in the Madison area are invited to send teams of 2-4 to attend workshops and produce a 5-7 minute video for competition.
The Festival workshops will feature viewing of an 8-minute award winning film short by DeForest graduate Matt Nie, “Good Stuff – the story of a man, a dream, and a whole lotta kites.” Brother Michael Nie’s 25-minute film short featuring Jason Alexander, titled “Not Your Time,” will also be shown.
Both Mike and Matt graduated from DeForest Area High School. Matt is now a teacher at Burlington High School and teaches a film class at UW-Oshkosh. Mike is on the crew shooting the new television show “The Finder”. He will be attending the film festival if his schedule permits. Other Madison area film and media professionals will be on hand to provide tips to students and to judge the video competition.
Competitors must provide their own camera and may bring their own software programs and equipment; however, several “work stations” will be available with Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Sony Vegas, and I Movie. The cost to participate in the workshops and enter the competition is $15 per person.
Awards and video presentations will take place on Sunday, March 18 at 4:00 pm in the DAHS Performing Arts Center and is open to the public.
The Festival schedule and registration form are available on the DAHS website (http://www.deforest.k12.wi.us/dahshomepage.html). The Festival is sponsored by the DAHS Drama Department, under the leadership of Drama Coach/English Teacher Jan Williams and PAC Director Brett Price.