Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
New Hampshire Film Office presents 2010 High School Short Film Festival
High school filmmakers from around the state will once again showcase their works on the silver screen this spring when the New Hampshire Film & Television Office presents its third annual New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. The Festival gets under way at noon on Saturday, May 15, at New Hampshire Technical Institute’s Sweeney Hall Auditorium.
Thirty-two short films, from documentaries and dramas to comedies and experimental pieces, are slated to screen throughout the afternoon. Five films will receive honors and the top two films will be shown before public audiences at this year’s New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth, broadcast on New Hampshire Public Television, and screened prior to a feature film at Red River Theatres this summer.
“We’re seeing films come in from students who are picking up a camera for the first time to those who have been making films for years – and we’re seeing more films submitted every year,” said Matthew Newton, director of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office and co-founder of the Festival. “As the number of entries climbs and the length of our Festival program grows, we’ll have to take a look at a more competitive selection process for next year. It’s been very encouraging.”
Seventeen schools are represented at this year’s Festival. While the films themselves did not have to be part of a school project, in order to be eligible to compete, the filmmakers needed to currently be enrolled at a New Hampshire public or private high school (grades 9-12).The Festival is free and open to the public. Information on the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival and this year’s films can be found online at www.nhstudentfilm.com.
The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and local property owners. The office is responsible for location assistance, public relations and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call (603) 271-2220 or visit www.nh.gov/film.