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Entries are open for South Carolina’s new teen film festival

January 16, 2019

The Doko Film Fest, a new event that will allow South Carolina high school-aged students to show off their filmmaking talents, is accepting entries for its April debut.

Filmmakers ages 15 to 18 who participate will be able to show their films to a live audience, receive feedback from “industry professionals,” and can attend masters classes led by filmmaking professionals, according to a press release.

This will be the first Doko Film Fest. It will take place April 26-28 in Blythewood, South Carolina.

The event was created by Ray Smith, a business educator and documentary filmmaker, in partnership with Bravo Blythewood, a non-profit dedicated to promotion of the arts.

“Its mission is to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of young filmmakers and provide them an outlet to tell their stories,” reads the press release.

The event will also allow for students to participate in networking and to explore media arts college courses.

During the festival, awards will be given in each of the following categories: short story, music video, comedy, documentary, animation and pocket studio. In the pocket studio category, films must be made entirely on a smart phone.

An award will also be given for Best Film at the festival.

Judges will include several award-winning figures in the film industry, including Oscar-winning Michelle Eisenreich, who worked on films like “Pacific Rim” and “The Vampire Diaries,” and Ron Tucker, who has provided media content to National Geographic, NBC, CBS, and BBC, among others.

The deadline to submit entries in these categories is Feb. 7. Submissions can be made online at dokofilmfest.com. There is no fee to submit a film or participate in this festival.

The event will kickoff at 6 p.m. on April 26 with a first night reception. The following days there will be a screening of the films and a concert, ending with the award ceremony at 1:45 p.m. on April 28.

Film screenings will be held at Westwood High School at 180 Turkey Farm Road, while all other festival events will be held at Doko Manor at 100 Alvina Hagood Circle.

For more information, including an event schedule, visit dokofilmfest.com.

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