Friday, February 28, 2014

Film Festival Entries Due!

The due date for all entries to the 5th Annual Canyons District Film Festival is only 2 weeks away! All poster and film entries are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Entries may be submitted to your school's Education Technology Specialist or sent to Katie Blunt at the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 South 300 East, Sandy, UT 84070.

The Canyons District Film Festival has been gaining momentum and popularity over the last 5 years. The festival began due to the efforts of Kelly Dumont, Canyons District Elementary Education Technology team lead. Kelly worked for many years on the Jordan School District film festival, and when Canyons District was formed he knew that a film festival was one event he wanted to see continue because of its ability to encourage creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking skills in students. Since then, Ed Techs Wade Harmon, Camille Cole, and Katie Blunt have all headed up the film festival project. It has now become one of the most anticipated events of the year for many CSD educators, students, and community memebers.

Students and staff may currently submit films in six different categories:
  1. Feature Film (5 minutes or less)
  2. Documentary (5 minutes or less)
  3. Animation (3 minutes or less)
  4. PSA (1 minute or less)
  5. Newscast (5 minutes or less)
  6. Advertisement (1 minute or less)
Students interested in graphic design may also submit entries to the film festival poster contest.

Once entries have been received, they will go through two level of judging -- judging level one by the Ed Tech Department and level two by a panel of celebrity judges comprised of District officials and local film industry professionals. The top three submissions in each category will be named as festival award nominees and will receive special invitations to attend the film festival awards night. The awards night will be held at 6:00 pm on April 10, 2014 at Union Middle School. At the awards ceremony, the final winners will be announced. Each winner will receive fabulous prizes donated by local businesses!

Everyone in the Canyons School District community is invited to attend the film festival awards night on April 10, whether they have submitted a film or not. The festival is always a fun event filled with food, excitement, and great student films. We hope to see you there!

Have questions about the festival? Contact Katie Blunt at

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