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American Youth Film Festival coming to Atlanta

March 19, 2019

The fifth annual American Youth Film Festival will take place at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in downtown Atlanta June 12 through 15. The theme is “Create! Explore! Learn! Launch!”

The festival is an opportunity for students to showcase their creativity in cinematography by presenting original short films produced by, written by or starring them and/or family or friends produced on cell phones, digital cameras or advanced recording equipment from student filmmakers.

New for 2019, the event will pay homage to the first child actor ever nominated for an Academy Award of Merit or The Oscar. It will present the American Youth Film Festival Award of Merit or The Jackie award in honor of American child actor John “Jackie” Cooper Jr., who was nominated for his role in “Skippy” in 1931. The Jackie will be presented annually in the categories Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress.

The ability for young people to conceptualize, plan and create their own independent films, facilitated by such modern media as YouTube and Vimeo, allows each film maker to freely express the subjects that interest them. The festival provides a platform on which these young cinematographers can develop their talents and gain valuable experience in managing projects and actualizing their vision. It captures the interest that exists in the creation and sharing of original, independent content and channels it to understand the love of film or filmmaking through the eyes of young filmmakers to tell their story — all for the love of film.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to submit a film to the festival contest, visit www.americanyouthfilmfest.org.