Salem Film Fest kicks off with 5-Minute High School Documentary Contest awards presentation on Thursday, March 7, 7:00 PM at Cinema Salem. Entering its fifth year, the high school competition is a fun way to celebrate the innovation and skill of aspiring filmmakers currently enrolled in 9th—12th grade at a Massachusetts high school.
Take a good look at the future of filmmaking by viewing the top ten Massachusetts high school student documentary films of the year. This showcase celebrates young film makers and their creativity. Presented by Salem Film Fest and Cinema Salem, this event provides a clear glimpse of tomorrow’s visual storytellers. First, second, and third place winners will receive a cash prize at that time.
The Salem Film Fest is a rich source of information and inspiration for student film makers. Besides presenting great documentary films, the Salem Film Fest offers a schedule of discussions, meet-and-greets, family-friendly screenings, and opportunities to meet visiting filmmakers in intimate settings. Many of these special events are free, but space may be limited, so make sure to come early.
Salem Film Fest founder Joe Cultrera says
“I’m really excited about the range of this year’s line-up – films from just about every continent that are entertaining, beautiful, and real conversation starters.”
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Salem Film Fest was founded in 2008 by filmmaker Joe Cultrera (HAND OF GOD), local businessman Paul Van Ness (CinemaSalem, Van Ness Creative), the Executive Director of Salem Chamber of Commerce Rinus Oosthoek and others from the community. Run and operated entirely by volunteers, the week-long festival has become a community wide event with screenings at CinemaSalem and the Peabody Essex Museum and filmmaker parties and music events held at venues throughout downtown Salem, MA.
Fueled by great films, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic audiences, festival attendance has grown 20 to 25 percent each year.