Rochester Urban Youth Film Festival Showcases Young Student Works

The winning works from the Rochester Urban Youth Film Festival, an outlet for young people to share their creative ideas and visions through the medium of video, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at the George Eastman House, Dryden Theater.

Winners will have their videos featured at the public screening and aired on Rochester Community Television (RCTV-15). An awards ceremony and refreshments will immediately follow the public screening of youth-produced videos. The videos were judged by a panel of professionals associated with film and the media.

Now in its third year, the festival will showcase videos from Rochester youth, ages 12 to 18, in four genres—documentary, narrative, experimental, and episodic TV. In addition, for the first time ever, the festival will feature videos from two youth groups—Youth Voice, One Vision and the Student Leadership Congress from the Rochester City School District.

Since its inception, the festival has grown tremendously to represent Rochester's finest young video artists from East High School, Global Media Arts High School at Franklin, School of the Arts, John Marshall High School, Wilson Magnet High School, Charlotte High School, and School Without Walls.

Sponsors for this year's festival include the George Eastman House, High Falls Film Festival, RCTV-15, Rochester City School District, and the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

The Rochester Urban Youth Film Festival is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Gillian Young-Miller at (585) 406-6798 or by e-mail at gillian22@mac.com.

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