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Alhambra Film Festival in May

Apr 01, 2016 04:03PM ● By Jennifer Neys

On Friday, May 6, 7-9pm, the Alhambra High School Film Festival returns to the Performing Arts Building. The festival, now in its third year, is led by Alhambra senior Blake George who explains, “This ceremony of the arts allows students at Alhambra High School to showcase and promote movies they've worked on with other students. Many students have really creative ideas for movies, so the film festival is an outlet to unleash these creative abilities and express their visual masterpieces to a crowd, just like in a real movie theater.” According to George, the past two festivals have seen thought- provoking science-fiction films, heart wrenching romance movies, and comedies. The evening also features live performances from student musicians and singers before the ceremony and during intermission.

Five Alhambra teachers judge and score each film the week prior to the festival. “This is going to be the biggest year for the film festival, as many students are starting early on their films, so I expect many submissions. The film festival is a ceremony that praises various arts the students can produce. It's an amazing opportunity for teenagers of any grade to get involved in creating a visual work of art,” added George.  This year a new award will be given out to the film that receives the best reaction from the audience, labeled as the "People’s Choice for Best Film." Each short film is 20 minutes in length and winners are announced live. There are six winning categories: Best Short Film, Best Directing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenwriting, Best Cinematography and People’s Choice for Best Short Film. To view some of the brilliant films showcased, go to the website,, and click “The Past” tab.