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REPORTING · 12th September 2013
Walter McFarlane
The District of Kitimat is calling for film entries from the young film makers in Kitimat as a part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration. They will begin accepting submissions on Monday, the 16th of September and submissions are welcome until the deadline, October 4th. The contest is open to youth, ages 13 to 18.

“The purpose of the film festival is to provide the youth in our community, our teenagers with something creative to do, something that got them involved with getting them to show their pride in Kitimat through video,” said Bryna Kaines. “The opportunity to feature that creativity to the rest of our community and win some prize money.”

The videos have to be short films, under five minutes. If there are enough entries, considerations will be made to show the films in a Film Festival. The judging will be done by the 60th anniversary committee.

1st place gets $500, 2nd place gets $300, 3rd gets $200 and most original gets $500.

When asked for pointers: “Just really be creative. When we look at Kitimat or when we think about Kitimat, we think about a mixture of our culture, industry and nature. It’s about getting out there and seeing what they think of it, what their experiences are. It could be strapping a camera to your helmet and showing us all of your skateboard routes to all your favourite places to go or what the hiking trails look like to you or where do you go,” said Kaines. “We’re really interested in what the young in our community are doing.

She said there are guidelines written out for what music is acceptable in the videos. Kaines hoped budding directors would be able to look into music for themselves but is looking up some sources to help out.

Further information can be found on the District of Kitimat Website by clicking here.