Youth Film Festival set for Sunday at Greenwich Library

Pass the popcorn, because the Junior League of Greenwich is hosting the third annual Greenwich Youth Film Festival on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library.

The festival was created to encourage high school students in Fairfield County and Westchester County, N.Y., to express themselves through the art of film. Students had the opportunity to submit original films during the entry period earlier this year. Some of the topics highlighted in this year’s films include environmental issues, empowering women and bullying.

The festival is open to the public and free of charge. For tickets, visit

This year’s event will include speakers Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer and writer, producer, director and actor Richard Switzer. At the age of 18, Mr. Switzer currently holds the title as the youngest film producer in history, with a recent profile on Entertainment Tonight. A Fatal Obsession, Mr. Switzer’s first film as a producer, is set for release this year, starring Tracy Nelson and Eric Roberts.

The event will feature screenings of the top 28 films in the following five genres: animation, creative, documentary, music video, and public service announcement. Back by popular demand, a Best Freshman Film Award will be given to a freshman who shows great potential. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony during which the top winners will be announced.

Awards include $1,000 to the grand prize winner, $500 to the other four genre winners, $100 for all second-place genre winners, $50 for all third-place genre winners and $250 for Best Freshman Film.

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