Napa Valley Film Festival Student Competition
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.”