The fourth-annual Five-MInute Film Festival, held April 9 at Third Street Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa, featured the top 15 student films in the county in a night that began with a glamorous walk down the red carpet for the student filmmakers. To earn a spot at the prestigious event, students created and submitted short videos on the theme of community in school-wide contests. Schools selected and submitted their five best films, for a total of 70 submissions across the county. One student filmmaker said:
It's really great to come here and that the film was accepted.
This year's films showed technical expertise as well as heart, with timely, community-centered topics such as the the North Bay wildfires, homelessness, immigration, and helping victims of disasters. Anna Van Dordrecht, SCOE Science Coordinator, told the students:
"I would say that all of us were incredibly encouraged by seeing your interpretations of community and how you're working to build community in your school and beyond."
Films were reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges, who raved about the quality of the student work. John Harden, an award-winning writer and director, said:
"There was some amazing storytelling going on. Some of these kids just have an instinctive way of putting shots together and telling a story."