You've heard of the Sundance Film Festival or Tribeca or Cannes, right? Have you ever heard of the Freedom Film Festival?
Probably not, since the Freedom Film Festival is the newest fundraising idea for the Liberty High School Drama Club, International Thespian Society Troupe 984 and Drama Boosters.
Boosters President Kim Nupp described the festival being "for people showing their arts through media. It's just like the amateur side of a big film festival."
Liberty students just won the Maryland State Thespian Festival competition, so now they want to take their production of "And" to the 2013 Thespian Festival for the national competition held at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in June. The fundraiser is to help them get there.
The Freedom Film Festival is currently accepting submissions of short films from filmmakers of all ages. Producers or directors may submit a total of three films from different genres, including comedy, drama, horror, music video, noir, silent or YouTube video.
Each genre has a specific time limit, which is included on the festival application on the drama club website at http://www.lhsdramaclub.com/film-festival.html. An application fee of $5 must be included for each film.
There are multiple ways of submitting films, including uploading, emailing or sending a DVD. All films must reach Liberty High School by Feb. 4.
Drama club adviser Tony Cimino will review each film submitted. Inappropriate language, comments or sexual content will not be accepted. The films will be adjudicated by a team of three judges, and awards will be given to films exemplifying superiority, as well as a best actor and best actress award.
The Freedom Film Festival will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Liberty High School auditorium. Admission is $8 per person. "All films will be shown and judged 'live' with awards announced at the end of the evening," according to an email from Nupp.
The online application may be printed out or submitted online. All information needed for submission is on that application webpage.
If you need other information, you can email Cimino at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 410-751-3560 between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Liberty High School is at 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.