Young filmmaker Jordan Strobel practiced his camera technique at the Crowe library with fellow Grade 9 students Chris Tremblay and Tim Baldwin.

Young filmmaker Jordan Strobel practiced his camera technique at the Crowe library with fellow Grade 9 students Chris Tremblay and Tim Baldwin.

Deadline looms for aspiring Trail filmmakers

Filmmakers between the ages of 9 and 19 have until March 30 to enter the U19 Film Fest.

The Royal Theatre will soon draw back the curtains on West Kootenay youth with a flare for videography.

But those between nine and 19 years old still have until the end of the week to submit an original film to be showcased at an Under 19 Film Festival at the Trail theatre April 14.

The festival that is put on by the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) in conjunction with the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture will offer a snapshot of local youths’ perspective from behind the lens.

Grade 9 Crowe students Tim Baldwin and Chris Tremblay from Fruitvale and Warfield’s Jordan Strobel are gearing up for their work to hit the big screen.

The friends sharpened their skills when they participated in a filmmaking workshop last fall.

This was prior to submitting a collaborated short film based on a zombie apocalypse to the REEL Youth Film Festival, an under-19 portion of the Rossland Mountain Film Festival held last November.

“I like picturing how it’s going to be, going out and filming it and seeing how it all turns out,” said Strobel. “The final product is very satisfying.”

He has submitted a look at his ski season and collaborated with Tremblay on an environmental piece.

Meanwhile Baldwin and Tremblay tell the story of a kidnapping, flashing back to a friendship shared in a dream sequence, before a rescue prevails.

They also documented what people think about the 2012 phenomenon marking the end of the world.

The film fest offers $200 cash prizes in six categories – drama, documentary, sports/adventure, animation, original music and the environment.

There will also be $200 awarded to an audience choice submission and $100 plus a camera for the judge’s pick.

Those who wish to participate have until Saturday to submit original work to the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture.

For more information, visit http://www.kast.com/kast-news/its-march-movie-madness-kast-kids-chance-win-cash-and-sweet-new-camera to download an entry form.