The Waynesboro Cultural Commission will present ten of the best entries in its 2013 and 2014 Short Film Competition at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro on Sunday June 22. The 3 pm showing of the ten films will be free and open to all. Donations for audience selected prizes will be gratefully accepted.
Four of the ten films were made by members of Charlottesville’s Light House Studios. Light House is a nonprofit filmmaking center dedicated to helping students develop their vision and show their work. It was founded in 1999 by a group of local filmmakers, artists, and educators who began with a small pilot workshop, “Video Diary.” Since then, Light House has provided the resources for hundreds of documentary, drama, and animated films. Light House students’ work has been broadcast on PBS, CNN, IFC (Independent Film Channel), and Public Access Television and shown in festivals all over the United States. Several of the students have received national awards for their films, including a Peabody Award, a Gold World Medal at the New York International TV and Film Festival and a Golden Cine Eagle Award.
Two of the films were made by students in the Regent University film program. Part of the University’s School of Communication and the Arts, the film program trains undergraduate and graduate students as producers, directors, and screenwriters.
The other four films are the work of professional filmmakers. These include entries form Wonder Pictures and Caring Fields Films.
A Question and Answer session with the filmmakers in attendance will follow the screening. The announcement of the prizes will complete the event.
The Cultural Commission is an appointed committee that serves to support the arts and culture in Waynesboro. The Commission inaugurated the short film competition in 2011. The competition was the work of lorie strother who chaired the event for the first three years. At the beginning, the competition was limited to Virginia filmmaker, but in 2013 it was opened to the residents of the Mid-Atlantic states.
No reservations are required. There will be open seating on a first-come, first-served basis.