Local youth are being asked to get their video cameras, computers and imaginations ready for a new media arts festival in the Okanagan.
Those up to the age of 25 from across the valley are invited to submit film, short clips, photo essays, video or animation to the event presented by the Summer Arts Scene For Youth (SASFY).
Film Fever Fest will take place at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country April 30. The event is a fundraiser to support the annual SASFY summer arts school and workshops for youth ages nine to 15.
The festival presents an opportunity for participants to gain valuable exposure and recognition in the community, receive critiques from distinguished artists in the field and could launch careers as future Oscar nominees or winning designers/producers, say organizers.
Support for the festival has come from the Central Okanagan Regional District and Lake Country council, and organizers are working with Creekside Theatre manager Horst Jassmann and Okanagan film commissioner Jon Summerland to put on a fun, entertaining and exciting event.
Summerland will chair a distinguished jury of film experts to judge the entries.
Categories include documentary, horror, drama, comedy, nature, aboriginal, environment issues (sustainability), musical, film noire, creative, etc.
Entry to the festival is free, and participants can enter in more than one category. Each submission should be no more than 10 minutes.
The deadline for entries is April 15 and they can be sent or dropped off to: Summer Arts Scene For Youth, 3063 Bridlehill Dr., West Kelowna, V4T 2W1. For more info, call 250-768-1404 or 250 718-9875.
Tickets for the festival will be available at www.creeksidetheatre.com or call 250-766-9309.