Iowa 4-H Film Festival Returns to the State Fair

Iowa 4-H Film FestivalAMES, Iowa -- Step into the limelight at the Iowa 4-H Film Festival. Aspiring youth directors and actors will bring their talents to the big screen Aug. 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. during the public screening at the 4-H Exhibit Building during the Iowa State Fair.

Individuals or teams comprised of students enrolled in grades 5-12 during the 2012-2013 school year are eligible to participate in the film festival. At least one member of the team must be a 4-H member. Teams can range from one to 10 individuals. The individual or team may submit a short film in one of three categories: to educate, to inspire or just for fun. Each film may be no longer than 10 minutes.

After each screening, the production teams will participate in a group film critique consisting of constructive feedback from film professionals and other youth participants. All participants will be recognized for participation in the showcase following the event.

“The Iowa 4-H Film Festival gives youth the opportunity to learn to use technology as a means for sharing information, expressing ideas and communicating effectively,” said Cayla Taylor, 4-H youth program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Youth participants are also gaining written, oral, visual and electronic communication skills as they create and share their short films with professionals, their peers and the public.”

For more information, and to apply for the Iowa 4-H Film Festival, interested youth must complete an online submission on the 4-H Film Festival’s website: The application deadline is July 20.