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12th Annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival Screens Next Month


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June 29, 2017 -- The 12th Annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival will showcase films by some of the world's best young filmmakers next month, City officials announced this week.

The free festival -- which takes place Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9 -- will screen 35 short films selected from more than 700 submissions from the U.S. and foreign countries that include Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, Russia, Ireland, England, Iran, Thailand, Mexico and Canada.

The festival is "a wonderful activity for film buffs or families looking for something unique and fun to do in Santa Monica," said officials from the City's Cultural Affairs Division, which produces the festival.

The films, which average 4 minutes, include animated works, documentaries and short films.

Saturday's screening takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Boulevard. The films are rated PG-13 due to occasional violence and mature themes.

Sunday's screening takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Anne & Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads High School, 3131 Olympic Boulevard, and features films rated G/PG and appropriate for all ages.

The festival's awards ceremony will immediately follow Sunday’s screening from 4 to 4:30 p.m. More than a dozen awards will be presented, including “Best of the Fest,” “Best Animation,” “Best Documentary,” “Best Music/Video Experimental” and “Best Live Action.”

The audience will vote for the “Audience Choice” award immediately after each day's screening, officials said.

The festival is sponsored by the Relativity School, the only school of its kind created with a major Hollywood studio offering accredited BFA degrees in film + digital content, acting, commercial dance and art.

The overall winner of the festival is eligible for a full scholarship to the school's three-week summer intensive program, officials said.

Screenings include complimentary refreshments and snacks as well as a red carpet and step-and-repeat banner outside each screening venue.


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