PORTLAND — Twenty-eight films made by local students have been selected to be shown at this year’s Portland Children’s Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.
In all, 49 films produced by160 Portland area students were submitted to the festival for consideration. Ten winning films were selected in three age categories, along with 18 honorable mentions. The winning films and honorable mention films will be shown as part of the festival, at the Nickelodeon theater in Portland on April 7, at 10 a.m.
The festival, created and organized by East End Community School parents and teachers, is scheduled for April 3-7 at venues throughout Portland. All winning contest films have been nominated for “The Golden Lighthouse Award,” which will be announced during the festival’s Red Carpet Night scheduled for April 3 at the Rines Auditorium in the Portland Public Library.
Among the contest winners is 6-year-old Georgia Lobozzo of Cape Elizabeth, who won the K-2 category for her original short film titled “Barney and Quackers,” a claymation film about a friendship between a duck and a bear. The winning films were selected by a panel of independent artists and filmmakers along with media studies professors from the University of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Community College, and Bates College.
To see a complete list of the winning films, and for more information on the festival and tickets, go to www.portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com.