Napa Valley Film Festival Student Competition

Napa Valley Register
Published on May 26, 2017

This past January, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), in partnership with both NapaLearns and the Napa County Office of Education, announced a Napa County Student Short Film Competition for high school students interested in becoming the next Kubrick, Scorsese, or Spielberg.

To help provide students with a competitive advantage in the competition, NVFF and NapaLearns collaborated on a series of free filmmaking workshops where students were given a chance to hone their storytelling and technical skills through instruction and hands-on learning with acclaimed directors. These workshops covered all aspects of the pre-production, production, and post-production stages of filmmaking, and prepared eager students for the challenge of creating a short film.

Sophie Cravea of New Tech High said, “I learned that if I have a concept for a story, I should stick with my original idea and not be afraid to further develop it. My idea could be made into a short film, or even a documentary, and wherever you take this is your choice. It was really important to realize that all of our ideas have value, and can go somewhere to tell a story through film.”

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