PALM SPRINGS, FL (12/4/2015) – The First Annual Cell Phone Film Festival for Middle School Students has been a smashing success! Students learned to write a script, shoot their film, and then edit with special effects. The competition targeted Palm Beach County middle school students who have an interest in film, both in front of and behind the camera. Students could not contain their excitement and parents were raving about the incredible time had by all saying, “The kids had an amazing experience, we can’t wait to see their work!” The event was free to attend and required no prior experience in the field.
Their final films have been sent to the judges who include Bobby Moresco, Academy Award winning co-writer and producer of CRASH and Million Dollar Baby; Jeff Davis, Producer of Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise and Legally Blond on Broadway; Crescenzo Notarile, Emmy Award winning cinematographer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigations and Gotham; and writer/producer Arthur Bernstein whose film Walt Before Mickey is in theaters now.
The event took place at the G-Star Studios located in Palm Springs, FL, which is owned and operated by the G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts. Due to the overwhelming response and turnout in the opening weekend, the production phase of the shoot had to be extended a second week. “Since it is a first time event we hoped to have 25 students participate and five films shot,” stated Dawn Hauptner, the Cell Phone Film Festival’s Founder. “Instead, 142 students packed the G-Star campus from all over Palm Beach County and shot 32 films! They were eager at the opportunity to shoot a short film on the backlot of a real motion picture studio on horror film sets in one of the best sound stages in the world.”
The Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and ten other categories will be given out at the Palm Beach Comic Con taking place at the G-Star School of the Arts in Sound Stage One on Saturday, December 12th at 7 PM. In March, the Best Picture will be honored at the Palm Beach International Film Festival Student Showcase of Films at Lynn University in Boca Raton.