Unlike the early years of filmmaking, modern audio and video equipment is cheap and accessible enough for any passionate youngster to start shooting original movies. Though Vimeo and YouTube provide a digital forum, perhaps more than ever, upstart filmmakers need a place to showcase their work.
That's where the second annual Boise Student International Video Festival comes in. Supporting youth education in film is the charge of the BoVi board.
Between Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29, K-12, college and graduate student contributors will screen their shorts on a movie theater-sized screen at Boise State.
Last year's festival pulled in 60 entries from student filmmakers. Submissions for the 2013 festival closed earlier this month, and have been judged at random by a panel comprised of seasoned local filmmakers.
Judges include documentarian Seth Randal, Retroscope Media and "Road to Treefort" director Zach Voss, and Nathan Snyder, who will judge submissions based on writing, cinematography, directing and originality of music and sound. Each category is worth 20 points toward the final score.
Snag a seat in the Special Events Center at Boise State Thursday, March 28, for film screenings.
Return Friday, March 29, for more films and guest speaker Ben Shedd, acclaimed filmmaker and winner of an Academy Award for his documentary The Flight of the Gossamer Condor and a Peabody award for producing the PBS series NOVA. Shedd will speak from 6:30-7 p.m., followed by the final awards ceremony at 7 p.m.
Boasting some of Boise's up-and-coming-est video artists, the festival is a glimpse into Boise's future as an arts and culture hub.