Submissions being accepted for youth film fest

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The Junior League of Greenwich (JLG), in partnership with Greenwich Library, has launched the second annual Greenwich Youth Film Festival (GYFF) contest.

Entries are now being accepted at the Junior League office through Feb. 8 in five genres: Creative, Documentary, Music Video, Animation and Public Service Announcement. The contest encourages all high school students in Fairfield County and Westchester County, N.Y., to express themselves through the art of film.

Actress Amanda Seyfried, soon to be seen in the new film adaptation of Les Miserables, and president of Island Def Jam Music Group, Steve Bartels, will join the returning lineup of judges from last year. Ms. Seyfried will select the winner of the new Best Freshman Film Award. All film submissions from freshman students will be considered for this award, which was added to give first year high school students a greater chance to win. The winner will receive $250 and a trophy. Mr. Bartels will judge the Music Video genre.

The top film submissions will be shown at the Greenwich Youth Film Festival on May 5 at 1 p.m. at Cole Auditorium in the Greenwich Library. A total of $4,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. The student whose film is selected as the best overall entry across all genres will be awarded the Grand Prize of $1,000. Winners of the other genres will each be awarded $500. An award of $100 will be given to all second place genre winners, and an award of $50 will be given to all third place genre winners. Blue Sky Studios, which is responsible for the Ice Age movies and has a studio here in Greenwich, is providing a tour of its facilities to the Animation genre winner.

Visit Jlgreenwich.org for further information on the GYFF, the panel of judges and entry materials.

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