Doko Film Fest now accepting entries from high school filmmakers

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Entries are now open for Doko Film Fest, a contest for high school filmmakers in South Carolina and nearby.

Students ages 15 to 18 can submit five-to 10-minute productions in short story, documentary, music video, comedy, animation or pocket studio categories. Pocket studio entries must be shot and edited entirely on a smartphone. Music videos can be as short as three minutes, and animation films should be one-to-three minutes long. Entries are free and can now be submitted online until Jan. 7.

Films selected as finalists will be screened before a live audience and professional judges during the festival April 18-26 at Westwood High School in Blythewood. Winners in each category and an overall winner will receive awards the final day of the event. The festival also will include classes led by professional filmmakers, visits with area colleges offering film and video programs, and a rock concert in Doko Meadows Park.

Doko Film Fest is the brainchild of Ray Smith, a veteran business educator and documentary filmmaker who has created and led executive education programs at the Darla Moore School of Business, Duke University and global financial firm Deutsche Bank. His film production company, Modos Media, created the documentary “Voices from Vietnam,” which aired on Public Broadcasting System stations nationwide, and was screened at the Beaufort International Film Festival.

Smith said his background in education, his experience in Beaufort and a stint as a judge for another student film competition prompted him to create Doko Film Fest.

“I’ve seen how involved high school students are in the issues today, and the quality of their work,” Smith said. “They’ve got their future ahead of them and are about to make decisions about it. Doko is a real film festival and also a sort of learning lab for the filmmakers. ”

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