Calling all young filmmakers to Love Hope Center for the Arts first ever Youth Film Festival and Workshop

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY)- When you think about film and television, you think about what you see on the screen, but there’s an opportunity coming to Fayetteville that gets young filmmakers behind the camera.

Love Hope Center for the Arts has added two new events to its annual Artists of the New Festival. The first is the free Youth Filmmakers Workshop, where students can learn from industry professionals.

“The first half of that program will be taught by Joe Strechay, who is an Apple TV producer and a blindness consultant, and will be focused on sharing your authentic story and being sure you’re telling the story that’s true to yourself,” explained Jenna Grayson, board member at Love Hope Center for the Arts. “Then the second half of that program will be taught by some really talented local folks. Tijah Bumgarner and Saja Montegue will be teaching a cellular cinematic program. So basically teaching you how to utilize your cell phone to create short films.”

This workshop is in collaboration with and sponsored by the West Virginia Film Office. The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 29th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at Love Hope. Then, later this summer, there will be a Youth Film Festival where young filmmakers can showcase their work. However, a local student brought this idea to the table.

“I think that West Virginia needs more opportunities for youth in the area, for free and for underprivileged people. And so I was just kind of looking for some things to do myself in my gap year, and I decided to use this time [for this],” said Libby Morgan, the organizer of the Youth Film Festival. “The gallery has really, like, empowered me and helped me to start planning this. And I just decided that film was one of my interests. And so I thought that there’s a lot more kids like me that would be interested in something like this.”

This youth film festival will take place on August 9th at the Freefolk Brewery in Hico. There is no cost to submit a film. The deadline to submit is July 27th.

So whether you want to learn how to make films, network, or showcase your work, Love Hope’s first-ever Youth Film Festival and Workshop is where you want to be.

If these events pique your interest, you visit the links below to register or submit a film. Hurry, though, if you want a seat for the workshop, as there are limited spaces available.

Workshop Registration:

Festival Submission link:

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