Youth Film Festival: Action!


BALDWIN PARK, CA — On November 20, 2015, the young filmmakers of Baldwin Park High School submitted their applications for this year’s Baldwin Park Youth Film Festival, the only youth film festival in the San Gabriel Valley. IMPACT Academy counselor, Mr. Hugh van der Linden, is the founder and director of the film festival that is held every spring. The festival is open to all teenagers living in Baldwin Park. The Fifth Annual Baldwin Park Youth Film Festival will be held on February 16, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at the Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center.

Although the big day seems so far away, the making of a film is a creative process that takes long and hard work. However, this fact was not discouraging, seen by the nearly 50 entries submitted to Mr. Van der Linden.

This year’s applicant pool consists of many talented students and groups. The Anime Club is making an animated film. Students such as senior Kelvin Parra and junior Mekenna Hernandez are also making films for the upcoming film festival.

“I want people to learn from my films and other films they will see during this event,” said Parra, who plans to make a film with an emotional story that will make members of the audience think about their actions.

“I just hope everyone enjoys [my film] and has a good laugh,” explained Hernandez when asked how she hopes her audience will react. Hernandez won the best PSA award in the last film festival and decided to make a “scary film” that will elicit more laughs than screams.

The submitted films will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the top 15 films will be screened at the Performing Arts Center.

“Our top winners this year will receive approximately $1000 in product and gift cards,” said Mr. Van der Linden.

The next few months will be a journey filled with hard work for all of the film festival applicants and they will need all the support they can get.

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