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Students show their stuff in Rocky Mountain Filmfest

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoThe Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest will include "Empty," a drama by Basalt High School students Julie Bielinski, Matt Wells, Julia Kaputska, Adir Loya, Eliza Morrison and Colter Rinker.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A film festival that gives high school students a chance to screen their skills is back for its 11th year.

The Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest will be held Friday, May 7, at Glenwood Springs High School, from 7:30 to about 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. There were 42 films submitted and 22 selected, said Kitty Riley, Basalt High School teacher and sponsor for the event.

Films by students from Basalt, Aspen, Roaring Fork in Carbondale, Bridges in Glenwood Springs, Coal Ridge in New Castle, Steamboat Springs, Eagle Valley and Denver School of the Arts were selected. A handful of films from out of state were also chosen, from FRED Experiential Media in New York and Meadowdale High School in Washington.

“It’s pretty impressive for a student-run event that has no corporate sponsors,” Riley said.

The categories for the films are action sports, animation, art/experimental, comedy and drama. The films run less than 10 minutes each.

The organization of the film festival is tackled by students to give their filmmaking peers an opportunity to demonstrate their art. Some of the committee members aren’t filmmakers, but are believers in the project, Riley said.