CECILWOOD 2015: Teenage Moviemakers Unite!

March 2nd, 2015

Cecilwood teaser 2015You can make anything. Think about that. You just write it, film it, edit it, and it exists. A story that had never been told before is now a reality. You did that. You took something abstract and foggy from your head and brought it to life with a little style and some heart and now it’s a permanent thing. Friends and family watched it, applauded, and gobbled popcorn beside you. You heard a stranger say, “That was cool.” You might have even won the grand prize. Doesn’t that sound like a good way to kick-off the springtime? Doesn’t that sound like hard work well spent?

It’s Cecil County Public Library’s 6th annual festival of short films! This year’s theme is “Time Is Running Out!” Participants must tell a story about a person, place, or thing where time is an essential element to the plot. You can do a comedy, an animation, a drama, a documentary, or an action scene (just to name a few). Film-loving directors between 11 and 17 years old must register at any CCPL branch by March 31st before they may submit a film. The film submission deadline is April 30th. Some or all of the films will be publicly screened at Elkton Central Library on Thursday, May 7th at 6:30PM, but remember—you must submit your film on a flash drive with all the pertinent paperwork! Contact any branch for more information or click here. Gift cards will be awarded for first, second, and third places, as well as an “Editor’s Choice Award” compliments of the Cecil Whig.

Mr. Matt’s recommended reading: “Digital SLR video and Filmmaking for Dummies”, “Filmmaking For Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts”, “Story” by Robert McKee, “How To Make Animated Films” by Tony White, “Acting For Young Actors” by Mary Belli, and “Picture Yourself Directing a Movie” by Eric Nicholas.

Good luck, now go forth and film greatness!

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Enter Our Film Contest

March 28th, 2012

Cecilwood 2012


Lights, camera, action! We are gearing up for the third annual Cecilwood (TM): A Festival of Short Films and we want YOU to showcase your directorial talents. Submit a film that’s under five minutes in length to the Elkton Central Library by May 1st and you could win a $100 Visa card!

We know how creative Cecil County teens and adults can be because of the many wonderful Cecilwood submissions we’ve gotten over the past few years. From documentaries and Public Service Announcements to original comedies and dramas, our panel of judges have been wowed and we’re eager to see what films are entered this year.

And this competition is not just for adults — anyone age ten and up can submit a film. Take a look at our requirements and forms here and show us your most creative work this spring.

Whether you’re competing or not, don’t miss the final awards ceremony.  Join us for an afternoon of popcorn and original films at Cecil County’s version of the Academy Awards — Saturday, May 19th at 1 PM — we’ll show the best submissions and present awards to the top three films in the teen and adult categories.

And all you movie aficionados out there, tell us — why do you love film?

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