For five years, the Steeltown Film Factory competition has provided area filmmakers with the opportunity to produce and film their independent short film projects. On Dec. 1st, the organization will celebrate its mission with a free showing of short films and trailers made by its many finalists and entrants.
Among the planned screenings are past winners, including Yulin Kuang‘s coming of age story The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested and comedy troupe Hustlebot‘s film Roll the Dice, as well as selections from semi-finalists. Also being presented is last year’s victor My Date With Adam, which recently premiered at the Three Rivers Film Festival as part of the 2014 Film Factory Competition kick off event.
The Steeltown Film Factory Short Film Fest will take place at the Hollywood Theater at 6 p.m. All attendees will receive a $5 off coupon to enter the 2014 Steeltown Film Factory competition. Short script submissions are now being accepted until Dec. 31st with an early bird deadline of Dec. 15th. See Steeltown’s website for more details on entry requirements and how to submit.
In 2010, the Steeltown Entertainment Project produced the documentary The Shot Felt ‘Round the World, which recounted how Dr. Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh worked to develop the life-saving polio vaccine. The film inspired the nonprofit organization to create Take a Shot at Changing the World, an annual viral video contest that challenges area teens to tell stories about important people and movements, and become more aware of how they can take social action in their own communities. Now in its third year, Pittsburgh middle and high school students were encouraged to pick up a camera for Voices of a People’s History, which builds on the legacy of historian Howard Zinn to “highlight lesser-known people who contributed to the making of America.”
Over 80 young filmmakers produced videos based on the criteria in three categories: The People Speak, Pittsburgh Innovation and Polio: Then and Now. Fans were allowed to vote for the entries, which target a wide range of issues, including violence, the environment, and education. On May 19th, participants will see their work on the big screen as part of a ceremony at the Heinz History Center. During the event, the contest winners will be announced and over $10,000 will be awarded to students and their schools. Among the recognitions are the People Speak Social Action Prize, as well as special prizes for films about the environment or nonviolence.
The Take a Shot at Changing the World Film Festival begins at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.