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Second Annual Library Teen Film Contest Announced

They say that everyone in Hollywood wants to direct.  It seems that a lot of teens in Oklahoma City want to as well, and that’s what made last year’s Downtown Library  “I Can’t Believe I Shot That Teen Film Contest” such a success.

So get ready now, in the grand tradition of American filmmaking, for the sequel.

“Everybody thought I was crazy when I first said I wanted the Downtown Library to sponsor a movie making contest,” said teen specialist librarian Kim Edwards, “and I have to admit that I was one of them.  But thanks to a little help from my friends, we pulled it off.”

In early 2008, the RJ Norick Downtown Library held the “I Can’t Believe I Filmed That!” teen film contest. Here comes Part Two.

Oklahoma City area residents are invited to submit original creations directed, filmed at Downtown Library and edited by teens in grades 7-12 that tell a story or express a point of view.  Submissions can be from 5-10 minutes long and on any topic, but language and subject matter have to be “G” or “PG”.   Prizes will be awarded for 1st through 3rd Place, with bonus recognition for the Audience Favorite.

All entries must be turned in to Kim Edwards at the Downtown Library by Sunday, March 15, 2009, and winners will be announced at the Downtown Library on April 19, 2009.

“Last year’s contest was just too much fun to not do again,” Edwards added.  “Plus I think we need movie competitions where creativity and imagination count as much as technical skill.

“I also enjoyed the fact that the teen film makers enlisted their friends and families to be actors, composers, and all kinds of helpers.”

For more information, interested teens should call 405-606-3876, and for guidelines and an entry form they can visit the Downtown Library at 300 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City.

“Let’s turn this event into a franchise,” Edwards cheered.  “I love it!”

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.