On the same night that filmmakers from around the country flood to Sarasota for that certain other festival, students of Manatee County will take over the Manatee Performing Arts Center for Film Rush, an annual exhibition of short films produced by grade school students. The event, coordinated by the Manatee Association for Media in Education, will premier the works in one of the Bradenton community’s biggest venues.
Film Rush is open to all student filmmakers from kindergarten through 12th grade. The films, raining from one to seven minutes long, will be judged by Manatee County School Board members, school administrators, staff from the Bradenton Herald and volunteers from the community. The films will compete in categories including drama, music video, animation and documentary, with winners eligible to continue to regional and state competitions; the Film Rush is a Jim Harbin Student Media Festival.
Organizers say the event will open students to the arts and give a channel for self-expression. “With video as a medium to communicate, Manatee County students are truly inspired to learn, dream and achieve,” reads a Film Rush release.
The event begins Friday, April 10, at 6pm.
Click here to see photos from last year’s event.