Paul Krekorian Announces Return of Film Festival

GLENDALE – Assistant Majority Leader Paul Krekorian this week invited students from across his district to submit creative works of cinematic art for his second annual FILMFEST 43, to be held on May 15, 2009 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

FILMFEST 43 will feature top student work from across Krekorian’s 43rd District, which includes the cities of Glendale and Burbank, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys.

“Given our economic climate, it is especially important for students to tap into all facets of professional capabilities to succeed and grow,” said Krekorian, chairman of the Select Committee on the Preservation of California’s Entertainment Industry. “I am personally excited to get a firsthand look at the next wave of filmmaking talent that will be created right in our backyard. I have every expectation that we can have another successful event this year as we did during last year’s inaugural festival.”

In 2008, FILMFEST 43 attracted more than100 entries while John Burroughs High School student Anna Tschetter was awarded Best of Show for her nine-minute silent film, “The Reflection.”

Like Tschetter, high school students who live within the 43rd District or attend one of the district’s public or private schools are encouraged to submit their films for consideration, to be judged by a prestigious panel of entertainment experts, educators and professionals.

Entries must be less than 15 minutes and are required to be original films of any genre, including narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental. All submissions must be directed, produced, photographed, and edited by the student contestant(s). Submissions must be accompanied by a synopsis of 50 words or less with a complete and accurate list of credits. Films produced by students who graduated in 2008 may be submitted for consideration if they were completed during the 2007-08 academic year.

This year’s FILMFEST 43 submission deadline is April 7, 2009. For additional information and an official application, please contact Hrag Yedalian in Assemblymember Krekorian’s District Office, at (818) 240-6330 or visit www.assembly.ca.gov/krekorian.

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