Virginia Film “Festival 101” Introduces Students To
September 10, 2003 --
VA – The 16th annual Virginia Film Festival
will debut Festival 101, a filmmaking workshop for high school and
college students to be held during the week of October 21st, as
the first in a series
of educational programs to be held in the new Festival headquarters
in downtown Charlottesville.
see our new home as a resource beyond mere office space,” said
VFF director Richard Herskowitz. “Festival headquarters is a perfect
venue for educational projects, screenings, and intimate gatherings of film
professionals and amateurs. Festival 101 is a selected invitation to students,
but future programs will be open to the broader community.”
101, a first-ever program, consists of two separate workshops. “Direct
Animation, a Camera-less Workshop for Teens,” to be co-sponsored by
the Light House media education center, will show students how to create
images on celluloid without using a camera. Taught by Devon Damonte, a leading
animator in his field, this two-day course will cover the techniques of handmade
films: painting, scratching and chemical treatment of film. Students will
screen their work on the opening night of the Virginia Film Festival (October
at the Vinegar Hill Theatre.
will also meet with Phil Solomon, whose handmade films will be
showcased at the Festival, and receive passes to the
Virginia Festival Film Society
screening of the handmade films of Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson on November
second Festival 101 workshop for college students introduces
aspiring filmmakers to leading screenwriters, directors and producers.
Led by NYU
doctoral student, Denise McKenna, this symposium will meet seven times
Festival weekend to talk about American cinema with Festival guests.
Participants will receive passes to selected screenings and visit
the set of local filmmaker
Jeff Wadlow’s first feature film production, Living the Lie.
unique, exclusive workshops are open for 15 college students and eight
high school students. Registration information and fees are available
Virginia Film Festival is proud to provide this entry-level forum
for a new generation of aspiring
filmmakers and looks forward to hosting
opportunities for the public.
Elizabeth Kiem, (434) 924-3039