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First Film Festival
Jan 22, 2018

I'd been meaning to begin a blog on my website to document some of the exciting things that have been going on. However, nothing fairly exciting had been worth blogging about. That was until one of my films was selected to play at a film festival.

It was during my sophomore year of high school that my parents took me to see the Providence Children's Film Festival. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of watching some kids my age create some content that was entertaining and very well made. At that point in time, I had not been making any actual videos, and most of the content I created were concepts. I'm pretty sure my parents began to doubt me when I said I was using all the equipment they had bought for me. I made a promise to myself that one day I would enter the festival and one of my films would be shown.

Half of that promise came true the next year when I attempted to submit the original cut of Guns Blazing to the festival. I was pretty excited to show off this film as it was one of my only narrative-focused films, and even to this day I cherish this film because I think it marked a change in my filmmaking. My excitement was cut short when I stupidly decided to submit my film on the day of the submission deadline, which happened to be Thanksgiving Day. Their offices were closed and so was the post office, so I e-mailed the man who runs the festival. He was very kind, but told me that I should apply the next year and even offered to cover the fee.

Then, in October of 2017, I submitted my most recent film at the time, Surviving the Notch 2. This short film was one of the longest I had made coming in at 7 minutes, and there was an actual story this time. I was a little nervous when submitting the film, but I believed that the film up to standards. I received the official e-mail of acceptance in January of 2018. This may not be the largest film festival, but it's an accomplishment none the less. My parents are proud, my friends are proud, and I am proud. This is a step in the right direction and a worthy achievement before I go off to college.

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