The Philly Youth Film Festival 2019 is complete. Thank you to all those who submitted and attended, and make sure to watch out for next year's film fest!
1st Have You Ever Been In Love? Kaya Trefz
2nd Welcomer Sam Gualtieri & Jalen Ramseur-Williams
3rd The Guitar Brianna Quimby
1st iRony Radheya Jegatheva
2nd Fictional Characters Ivana Noa
3rd Journey Radheya Jegatheva
1st Maya Rajkishore Mohapatra
2nd The Island of Music Lily Annenberg
3rd We Are Now Carlos Escobar, Kimberly Gonzalez-Ramirez, Verite Igiraneza, Yohannes Gezahegn, Merry Hailegeorgies
1st Gone Fishing Noah Eisenstein
2nd Hearing Aid Juliana Santamauro
3rd Have You Ever Been In Love? Kaya Trefz
Event Registration, Lunch and Networking Sharpless Lobby
Keynote Speaker: Nathaniel Kahn Yarnall Auditorium
Break Sharpless Lobby
Workshop Session 1 Sharpless Classrooms
Break Sharpless Lobby
Workshop Session 2 Sharpless Classrooms
Break Sharpless Lobby
Awards and Screening Yarnall Auditorium
A quick but fun summary of the fundamentals of all good movie scripts, meaning you'll look at existing scripts like Eighth Grade and Get Out, learn about terms like "three act structure" and "the hero's journey" and how they apply to writing for film, and figure out why, just maybe, it is harder than you thought to write a good script! We'll conduct one fun but short writing assignment during the workshop and talk about the "business" of film in the time that avails.
Have you ever had a great idea for a documentary but didn’t know how to make it happen? How do you move from idea to getting your characters and shots? We will be looking at examples of projects the filmmaker has worked on, spanning such varied topics as Viking Swords and North Korea to deconstruct the early production process that led us here.
Most artists (including filmmakers) are eternal students, studying the work of the greats in order to improve their own craft. This workshop will be a primer to watching film with a critical eye. Together, we'll discuss a few practical approaches to film analysis, then view a selection of scenes in order to figure out how they work and understand their visual storytelling techniques.
In this seminar, we will look at the six types of documentary: essay, participatory, reflexive, performative, poetic and the fly-on-the-wall. What are the strengths of each type? We will have a particular focus on the fly-on-the-wall with a discussion of whether or not it possible to achieve ‘realism’ and ‘invisibility’ in filmmaking.
In creating video and audio content to tell a story, whether it be a commercial, a short or long film, social media, etc etc, there are so many details to pay attention to throughout the entire process. After all the hard work of in the creative process of developing the story and the actual production of shooting the footage, now comes the process of post production, involving the management of the footage, the editing, effects, audio mixing, color correction, and final outputs. While there is no way to go into every detail of this process, this workshop is intended to go over the broad strokes of what you want to pay attention to and have a basic understanding of the importance of each step that allows for a smooth work flow, and most importantly a final delivery that is what you wanted, and on time.
Simple tips and tricks for improving your shots! We will touch on lens choice, multiple planes, quickie lighting tips, achieving better eye-lines, the 180° rule, and shooting for comedy vs. drama. Bring a camera with a zoom lens if you have one or just bring your phone!
This workshop will teach you how to jump-start your career. Explore and discover what inspires you. Learn how to balance educational & professional goals on your path to becoming an entrepreneur. Develop an understanding of the industry landscape and how to secure the position you want (or create it for yourself).
Working with limited resources can make lighting a challenge for the student filmmaker. This workshop will introduce the key elements of lighting for digital video, some practical tips for working with available light, and a few ways to make creative light sources from a trip to the hardware store.
Every filmmaker edits their film with music they love. What happens when that music is too expensive and/or unavailable for the said film? Copyright laws are complicated. Getting rights to use music in your movie can be even more complicated. This workshop will address and answer questions about when you can and cannot use a song or piece of music in your film.
You can’t have a film without characters! How do you define and develop your characters in a documentary film? What makes characters compelling and allows the audience to engage with the story and your film? Through interactive exercises, clips and discussion, we will explore together ways to shape the characters in a film.
Creating an emotional documentary requires technical skills, for sure, but filmmakers must first consider the humans that they are working with and whose stories they are telling. Why would someone want to be the subject of a film in the first place? What do they get out of the arrangement? How do you maintain a relationship based on care and respect throughout the very long process of filmmaking? What role do the subjects have in the storytelling? When crafting stories of struggle and hope, how do you respect the subject, and create the critical sense of trust between subject and director that is essential for any story to be a success? Documentary filmmaker Glenn Holsten will share clips of from his short and long-form works that explore different corners of these questions.
Founded last year as a student initiative at Germantown Friends School, PHYFF is a student-run event dedicated to helping teenage creatives find their voice in a rapidly expanding community of young filmmakers. We sought to create an environment where our peers could have their work recognized without massive budgets or extensive training. We recieved submissions from Philadelphia schools and accross the world, and we recieved an even greater volume of submissions this year.
This festival is a great opportunity to show off work and get critiques, as well as to network with peers from the area and make connections. Filmmaking experts will judge and rank submitted films in four categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, and screenplay. This year we're also offering eleven workshops on a variety of common and niche filmmaking focuses.
The Festival is open to high school students in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond, with free participation for all students, and it includes an awards ceremony for the winning films. Visit the attend section to learn more.