Interlochen, Michigan – USA
November 1 to 3, 2012

September 30, 2012 – Late Deadline

The Future of Cinema Festival at Interlochen Center for the Arts provides a setting where high school filmmakers can meet professionals and peers, showcase their work, discuss trends and new developments in cinema, and develop a greater understanding of a quickly evolving art form. FOCFF industry guests offer their time and advice to young filmmakers by way of master classes, peer critiques, and screenings.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their best creative works, whether they be screenplays of 10-15 pages in length, or narrative, documentary, or animated shorts of 12 minutes or less in runtime. FOCFF’s selection committee invites entries from students around the world and from all walks of life who endeavor to create a film that speaks to its audience in a way that no one else’s can.

Interlochen Arts Academy is a fine arts boarding high school that combines challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics with the highest quality arts training available at the secondary level. Each year, nearly 500 students at Interlochen Arts Academy study creative writing, dance, motion picture arts, music, theatre, visual arts, comparative arts, and design and production. Academy graduates go on to attend leading schools around the country and abroad including The Juilliard School, USC, NYU, CalArts, Northwestern, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and many others.

High School Filmmakers: for the chance to participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity, submit your film or script to the Future of Cinema Film Festival today!

The 5th Annual Future of Cinema Film Festival (FOCFF), is assembling talented student filmmakers from around the world into a community that inspires them to build new friendships, develop new projects, and adopt new perspectives on art, creativity, and social engagement. Hosted by Interlochen Center for the Arts, FOCFF immerses young filmmakers between the ages of 13 and 18 in both the rigors of a world-class educational environment and the excitement of a career in filmmaking.

Interlochen is dedicated to providing opportunities to young film artists. As such, FOCFF will offer its exhibiting student filmmakers a $500 USD scholarship to the 2013 Motion Picture Arts summer program at Interlochen Arts Camp, and each category winner will also receive an iPod touch and a $2,000 scholarship to the same camp. The FOCFF Best of Fest-winner will be rewarded with a MacBook Pro computer, as well as a half-tuition scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school for the 2013-2014 school year.

In addition to helping students cultivate and refine their skill set, FOCFF provides an entrée into all aspects of the creative experience, offering a whirlwind tour of the filmmaking process. Past guest speakers are titans in their individual fields, including Dennis Muren, recipient of nine Academy Awards and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (Star Wars, Super 8); Jeff Wozniak, Senior Digital Artist at Lucas Films (Rango, The Avengers); celebrated documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (Baseball, The War); Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11 ); and Golden Globe-nominated actor Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom).

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