SHS Theatre to host 2nd Annual Film Festival

Rachel Tuggle

STEPHENVILLE (January 8, 2017) – In honor of the students submitting films to the UIL film competition, SHS theatre is hosting their second annual film festival. On Tuesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. all eight student-produced films will be played for the community at the Birdsong Amphitheater.

The film festival is expected to last under an hour. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Since it is January, if the weather forecast changes, the film festival will be moved from the Birdsong Amphitheater to the SHS auditorium.

“The weather forecast is calling for it to be between 55 and 70 degrees that day with only a ten percent chance of rain,” SHS theatre teacher Mindy Pope said. “So, we are going to try it.”

The UIL film competition is a new event for UIL. Students can enter films in  up to three categories: animation, documentary or narrative. They will be judged at quarter finals and then semi-finals. The top six films advance to the state competition. All schools between 1A and 4A compete together in this event.

“We have a digital animation piece and two traditional animations,” Pope said. “Then we have two documentaries. One is about the Heart of Gold game tradition here at Stephenville. The other documentary is about the Dublin bottling plant. We have three narratives.”

This film festival began last year after four Stephenville films advanced to the semi-finals.

“We were really thrilled about it,” Pope said. “So, we decided to have a film festival here. Otherwise, when would the kids get to show off their stuff? It’s fun for the kids to see their work on the big screen.”


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