Traverse City Film Festival to Hold Third Annual Workshop For StudentsTraverse City, Mich. (June 3, 2008) - The Traverse City Film Festival is gearing up for another summer of entertaining and educating movie lovers, starting with the next generation of filmmakers: high school and college students.
Festival officials announced today that for the third year in a row, students will have an opportunity to gain valuable insight and tips on the filmmaking business from Oscar-winning director and Festival Founder Michael Moore, as well as another yet-to-be-announced guest director. The third annual Student Filmmaking Workshop will be held the morning of Tuesday, July 29 in downtown Traverse City. The workshop is sponsored by the Herrington-Fitch Foundation and is free to students.
The Student Filmmaking Workshop will give thirty individuals the unique experience of having an intimate discussion with the directors and asking questions in a private, closed-door session. Moore and the guest director will also host a second workshop for Interlochen film campers later that same week.
"A key part of our mission at the festival is to encourage up-and-coming filmmakers, including students," said Moore. "It's rare that those just starting out have an opportunity to learn from more experienced directors, so these workshops are a great way for us to support the students and encourage them in their film careers."
Students interested in participating in the Student Filmmaking Workshop should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 7 with the subject line "TCFF Student Workshop" and include the following information:
-Name of School
-Year of Study (ex: Junior)
-1-2 page essay addressing the following topic: "Why I would like to participate in the workshop, what my interest in the film industry is, and what my experience in film is so far."
Students who attended the previous two TCFF Student Workshops are not eligible for this year's workshop, and only current students or recent high school and college graduates may apply. Participants will be notified of their entry into the workshop by Monday, July 14. Accepted students will be asked to provide a student ID number or picture to verify eligibility.
The fourth annual Traverse City Film Festival will be held from July 29 to August 3, 2008. For more information, please contact the Traverse City Film Festival office at 231-392-1134 or click here.
About the Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing "Just Great Movies" and helping to save one of America's few indigenous art forms - the cinema. The festival also owns and operates a year-round, community-based, mission-driven art house movie theater, the State Theatre. Founded by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore and co-founders local photographer John Robert Williams and New York Times best-selling author Doug Stanton, with filmmakers Larry Charles and Terry George rounding out the Board of Directors, the festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan.
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