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Filmmaker Chachi Ramirez helps students with presentations at first annual Central Coast Entertainment Expo

Press release Posted on Independent.com as Free community service.

The Central Coast Film Society Student Film and Media Arts Competition is an opportunity to celebrate Central Coast students, showcase their talents and help them develop the skills necessary to compete in other film festivals.

“We are delighted to be able to bring this interesting student showcase and provide a platform for local creators to showcase their creative work and reward their talent,” said Sarah Risley, Chair of the Film Society Board of Directors.

Submissions begin March 1st and end April 21st. Finalists will be notified by email on May 15th and a live event will be held on May 21st in the Ellen Hancock Academy’s film screening room.

Through the competition’s FilmFreeway section page, student submissions are being accepted in all categories: https://filmfreeway.com/CCFSStudentFilmCompetition.

“Everything is free for students and audiences. We want to make sure they are recognized and rewarded for their outstanding work, and we want everyone to have that opportunity, no matter where they are from on the Central Coast,” said the Film Society executive Director Daniel Lahr added.

The challenges cover all aspects of film and media arts, including:

  • Film Production
  • Screenwriting/Creative Writing
  • Photography / Cinematography
  • Technical achievements (editing, animation, special effects)

All students submitting film or creative work will receive constructive feedback from members of the Central Coast Film Society Board of Directors. Finalists’ work will be judged by a panel of judges from industry and academia for an Award of Excellence and a $250 scholarship in each category. The CCFS Board of Trustees will provide an additional $100 scholarship for creative work that best embodies the spirit of the Central Coast. *Additional scholarships, pending sponsors and individual donations may be available: https://www.nfggive.com/guidestar/83-0787181

“Most importantly, we know that the students who enter the competition will gain valuable insight, constructive feedback and encouragement from this distinguished panel of judges,” Risley said.

The competition rules are that all idea submissions must come from high school students living on the Central Coast, specifically Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Creative submissions must be within the G, PG, or PG-13 rating range (films outside these ranges will be disqualified); all submissions must be available for public display (online or at a future live event). Each student may only submit creative work in one specific category.For more information and submissions, please visit https://filmfreeway.com/CCFSStudentFilmCompetition or www.centralcoastfilmsociety.org.

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