Film fest calls on youth productions

Rossland Mountain Film Festival is reeling in Greater Trail youth with a flair for videography to showcase their talent this month.

Rossland Mountain Film Festival is reeling in Greater Trail youth with a flair for videography to showcase their talent this month.

Submissions for the REEL Youth Film Festival close this Friday in preparation for screenings Nov. 26 in conjunction with the 12th annual film festival.

For the first time, the under-19 film portion will showcase 75 per cent content from young filmmakers from North America and beyond. But it will still give local youth an opportunity to earn a spot all while inspiring them with the best-of-the-best in youth production.

Those who attend can expect a collection of compelling and entertaining short youth films: animations, dramas, documentaries, comedies and a musical. Whether facing riot police in Copenhagen, vying for love in Philadelphia, or searching Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for a missing aunt, these are the unflinching stories of today’s youth.

There will be cash prizes for the local winning films as well a locally-made film could be chosen to go on tour with the festival across Canada and around the world.

Local youth interested in adding their perspective to the show should visit www.rosslandcac.com for submission guidelines and prize information.

The youth films will be on display Nov. 26 from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Miners’ Hall, kicking off the festival’s mountain-culture films that follow.

An all-age show will run from 2:30-5:30 p.m., followed by a showing from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Rossland Secondary School auditorium. The late-night viewing will be followed up with live entertainment from Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk and for the first time, the Shout Out Out Out Out from Edmonton.

Funds raised at the REEL Youth Film Festival will go toward the local content U19 Film Festival April 14 at the Royal Theatre in Trail.