Students will present 22 films at three upcoming festivals

Ryan Albert

Film festivals selected student films created during programs at Harvard-Westlake.

Film festivals across the country will show selected student films during over the past year at multiple events in upcoming months.

The school hosted other filmmaking programs that include, but are not exclusive to, Harvard-Westlake students. Most of the films that will play at the film festivals were made at these programs, including films made at HW Summer Film, public service announcements made while the school hosted The Righteous Conversations project, and documentaries that were created during the HW Go! Digital Storytelling trips to Cuba and Cambodia.

These film festivals will occur from late August to early November, with some films eligible to win awards such as scholarships, cash prizes and electronics.

Five separate film festivals across the country selected 22 student films to screen. The festivals that accepted student works were the Newark Film Festival, the Tower of Youth film festival, the Citizen Jane film festival, the Latino Film Festival’s Exitos del Cine Latino and the All-American High School Film Festival.

The All-American High School Film Festival will be showing the short films from the Harvard-Westlake trip to Cambodia titled “Daughters of Cambodia,” “Growing the Rose: Landmines in Cambodia,” “A Hope for the Future,” “Once Upon a Time in Cambodia,” “Cambodia: The Next Generation” and “Music Saved My Life.” They will also screen the student films “Skin,” “Running for Life” and “Astro, Naught.”

The Citizen Jane film festival will screen one film from the Cuba digital storytelling trip and another from the Cambodia trip. These films are “Para Cuba” and “Cambodia: The Next Generation.”

The Tower of Youth film festival will show another film from the Cambodia trip titled “Us & Us.”

Exitos del Cine Latino will screen a PSA called “The Lemonade Stand” as part of SDG&E and FilmFreeway’s Energy Conservation PSA Contest. It qualified as a top ten finalist and was later chosen as one of three winning entries.

Finally, the Newark Film Festival is featuring two films made by students on the Cuba trip. These films are “Being Cuban” and “Para Cuba.”