The Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival is adding a new feature: a Students’ Short Film Competition. Sponsored by Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and based on the Biblical injunction of tikkun olam, repair of the world, the SBJFF is inviting high school, college, and graduate students to submit films up to 10 minutes in length. Subjects such as social justice, peace, freedom, and the restoration of the environment would all qualify under the competition’s broad umbrella. A student need not be Jewish to enter.
“Young people are as concerned about the direction the world is taking as adults are—and maybe more so,” said Linda Schwartz, the contest’s guiding force. “We think it’s important to encourage youth to express their fears, hopes and solutions for the planet, and using film is one of the most creative and constructive ways they can do so.”
Submissions are free and will be accepted until January 15th in the categories of drama, documentary, animation and comedy. Winners will receive U.S. savings bonds and the opportunity to have their film shown at the festival, April 7-10, 2011. For complete information visit online and click on Student Film Competition for rules and an entry form.