AMES, Iowa -- Young filmmakers with dreams of making the next Avatar, Ironman or Twilight-type blockbuster have to start somewhere. The Iowa 4-H Film Festival at the Iowa State Fair is one way to begin turning those dreams into reality.
“Imagine – your original film could be shown on a jumbo screen at the Iowa State Fair,” said Holly Bignall, with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Iowa youth who have completed fifth through 12th grades during the 2009-2010 school year are eligible to participate in the Iowa 4-H Film Festival, scheduled for Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. at the 4-H Exhibits Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
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Register by June 14
To participate, youth production teams must complete the online registration form by June 14. The registration form and additional information are online at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/filmfestival.htm. Teams may include one to 10 members, and at least one member must be a 4-H’er.
By July 26, participating teams must create and submit a one to five-minute film in one of three categories, Bignall explained. Iowa 4-H Film Festival films either must
- educate — provide information or training on a specific topic;
- inspire — raise awareness about an issue or call viewers to action; or
- be Just 4 Fun. This third category is for films intended to entertain.
The top three films in each category will be showcased during the festival.
Judges will select the winners for each category award and the Best of Festival award, Bignall added. During the festival, the audience will vote for the People’s Choice award. Each team whose film is selected Best of Category or is named People’s Choice will win $100. The team whose film is named Best of Festival will win an iPad.
For more information about the Iowa 4-H Film Festival, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/StateFair/filmfestival.htm or send an email message to Daniel Stiner at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on joining 4-H, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/.
About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775,