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
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.