Contest Gives Teens a Shot at the Big Screen

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Two contest participants work with a camera.

Teens participating in the competition also documented their filming process. hide caption

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Across the country, 10 short films are being created for the same reason many short films get made: to compete with other short films, and and perhaps to jumpstart the careers of the people who made them.

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Watch films and vote at the contest site.

In this case, however, the filmmakers are all teenagers, working in teams for a project called Fresh Films. The competing films come from New York, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Nashville, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Shooting began in June; all of the completed films will be online by the end of this month, and audiences can vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced in mid-August and will be honored in L.A. in September.

Margot Adler visits with the New York crew as they shoot scenes in Riverside Park.



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