Stu­dent film­mak­ers cel­e­brate ac­com­plish­ments


— Par­tic­i­pants in the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s sev­enth an­nual Teen Film Fest got to see their work on the big screen on Thurs­day.

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ce­cil County stu­dents shared their films in a screen­ing at the Elkton Cen­tral Li­brary. The teen sec­tion of the li­brary filled with fam­ily and sup­port­ers for the night that in­cluded a red car­pet and bags of pop­corn.

This year, six stu­dents sub­mit­ted films. The con­test was open to stu­dents age 11 to 17, and each film had to be less than five min­utes long and ad­here to the theme “book trail­ers.”

Stu­dents had sev­eral months to work on the pro­ject, which re­quired the young film­mak­ers sto­ry­board and film be­fore us­ing edit­ing soft­ware to add mu­sic and other ef­fects. The li­brary of­fered help with re­sources along the way, in­clud­ing a work­shop with a Ce­cil Col­lege film pro­fes­sor that al­most a dozen young


film­mak­ers at­tended.

This year’s sub­mis­sions var­ied from a live-ac­tion short about a bear try­ing to hide from his own shadow to a hand-drawn an­i­mated tale. The first, sec­ond and third place win­ners re­ceived Visa gift cards of $100, $50 and $25, re­spec­tively. Ad­di­tion­ally, the run­ner up for first place won the “Ed­i­tor’s Choice Award” of a $50 Visa gift card pro­vided by the Ce­cil Whig.

The win­ners were: Marissa Al­bert (third place for “The Fault in Our Stars”), Xakiah Hardy (sec­ond place for “High School Mu­si­cal”), An­drew Plasky (ed­i­tor’s choice for “Minecraft”) and Ivy Pugh (first place for “Sur­vivors”). Plasky’s an­i­mated film recre­ated the Elkton Cen­tral Li­brary through the build­ing game Minecraft, even recre­at­ing de­tails like the Amer­i­can flag out front and the book drop inside. It was Pugh’s film that was hand-drawn and im­pressed the crowd with spe­cial sound ef­fects.

This year’s con­test was judged by a panel of com­mu­nity lead­ers: Coun­cil­woman Joyce Bowls­bey; Margie Bly­stone, chair­woman of the Elkton Arts & En­ter­tain­ment District; Dr. Mary Way Bolt, pres­i­dent of Ce­cil Col­lege; Derek DeWitt, di­rec­tor of Ce­cil County Boys & Girls Club, and Dara McBride, deputy ed­i­tor of the Ce­cil Whig.


Judges from the com­mu­nity pose with the young film­mak­ers who en­tered the li­brary’s fes­ti­val.


Ivy Pugh ac­cepts the award for first place from Coucil­woman Joyce Bowls­bey.

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