The 4-H film festival is the first to include a national invitation, allowing youth ages 14-18 to compete and connect with peers throughout the country who share this interest.
The festival will include workshops lead by film industry professionals, along with opportunities for youth to showcase their productions, view the work of others, and celebrate the art of filmmaking.
FilmFest 4-H will be Aug. 1-3 in Branson, with competition categories including music videos, documentaries and narrative films. By partnering with the Missouri Film Commission and the city of Branson, 4-H organizers plan to offer exciting prizes, educational opportunities and linkages to film industry resources in participants’ home states.
First place finishers in each category will have their film aired nationally on RFD TV, a station that focuses on rural issues and reaches over 40 million homes worldwide.
Through mediums ranging from cattle to cameras, 4-H programs focus on teaching life skills.
“Creating a film can be a valuable experience,” said Bradd Anderson, Missouri 4-H Youth Specialist and an organizer of the event. “Self-expression, problem-solving, and critical thinking are just a few of the important life skills that can be developed through a 4-H filmmaking project.”
Anderson hopes FilmFest 4-H attendees will showcase their talents, gain inspiration, and leave even more enthused about filmmaking opportunities back home.
The use of competition has historically been viewed as a valuable motivator in 4-H, which is a program of university extension.
“4-H began as an attempt to teach ag technology to adults,” Anderson said. “When the youth grew better crops, in contests with their parents, adults became more receptive to the new techniques being taught by university educators.”
While modern 4-H projects still retain a strong science and technology focus, events like the film fest offer 4-H professionals fresh opportunities to explore exciting new venues for youth development programming. Youth interested in attending FilmFest 4-H should visit the event website at http://4h.missouri.edu/filmfest and contact Angela Hackwell in their Iron County 4-H office at (435) 586-8132.