Virginia High School League launches film festival competition

The Virginia High School League has announced that a film festival will allow applicants from 314 member high schools from across Virginia to submit narratives, documentaries, animations, experimentals and/or commercial/PSAs to the juried festival scheduled for May 29-30, 2015, in Richmond.

The VHSL is the third state association in the National Federation of State High School Associations to offer a film festival as a state championship. The Iowa High School Speech Association and Texas University Interscholastic League also offer festivals. In designing the parameters for its festival, the VHSL consulted IHSSA and Texas UIL to obtain a state association perspective, but also considered industry festivals as a model.

All submitted films will be viewed and evaluated, with eight per category chosen among 40 official selections to be screened at the VHSL Film Festival where they will be ranked by a grand jury. The highest ranking film per category will be named best picture, the equivalent of the state champion. Also, the film with the highest number of audience votes at the VHSL Film Festival live screening will be declared the winner of the audience choice award in its respective category.

Filmmakers, university film school educators and other industry professionals will be workshop speakers or panelists, Q&A moderators, jurors and awards presenters. The Virginia Film Office and Virginia Production Alliance are also strategic partners of the VHSL Film Festival.

For more information, contact Lisa Giles at lgiles@vhsl.org or 434-977-8475.