Scholarships on Line at District Film Fest

Kelly Pien, Staff Writer

The annual Lamorinda-Acalanes Union Film Festival (LAUFF 7) will take place in the CPAC on April 19. The festival is open to submissions from Campo, Las Lomas, Miramonte, and Acalanes video students.

According to video instructor Justin Seligman, students enter videos that they have made in their video classes. Seligman will choose the best 20, out of those submitted, to screen at the festival. While Seligman’s video students are not required to submit a video, they required to attend the festival.

“The film festival is an opportunity to promote the creative storytelling of students in the district. It’s a forum to let their voices be heard,” Seligman said.

This year, Seligman is organizing the LAUFF 7. Marcia Harris, a parent of an alumnus, is assisting him.

According to Seligman, most of the submissions at previous LAUFF screenings were by Campo students. This year, 17 are from Campo. Miramonte, Las Lomas, and Acalanes each contributed 1 film.

Avid, the New York Film Academy, the Academy of Art University, the East Bay Media Center, the Orinda Arts Council, the California College of the Arts, the California Independed Film Festival, Eye Cammie, Colorflow, the Bay Area Video Coalition, the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts are providing partial scholarships to film academies (such as the New York Film Academy) as prizes for the festival.

Several parents of current video students are contributing money to supplement these scholarships.

Admission to the LAUFF 7 is free and open to the public.