Teenagers may submit original films between two and 30 minutes in length to the second annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival.

Submissions in all categories will be accepted and the filmmakers must be in grades seven through 12, or ages 12 to 18. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 4th.

Film entries that meet the minimum criteria will be considered for screening at The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th.

Entry forms and submission guidelines are available at www .smteenfilmfest.org or at the following locations:

Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica; and

Santa Monica Main Library Youth Reference Desk, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

This year, a special award entitled “Santa Monica Budding Filmmaker Award,” will be presented to a Santa Monica teenager who demonstrates originality, potential and a commitment to the art of filmmaking.

The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is an interdepartmental initiative of the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, the Santa Monica Public Library, the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center and CityTV.

The festival’s purpose is to showcase and provide an outlet for the creative talents of teen filmmakers as well as encourage youths to use the art of filmmaking as a form of creative expression and commentary on the world in which they live, according to organizers.

Information, Cultural Affairs supervisor Justin Yoffe, justin.yoffe@smgov.net or (310) 458-8634.

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