Special to the Reporter

Young directors, get your cameras rolling.

The Alvarado Independent School District is seeking entries for its inaugural Tri-County Film Festival from junior high and high school students in Johnson, Hood and Somervell counties.

“We want to give students in our area an opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work in the area of video production and graphic design,” said Julie Holland, the district’s instructional technology coordinator.

“Sometimes those in more rural areas do not have the opportunities afforded those in urban settings,” she added. “We hope the Tri-County Film Festival will begin to fill the gap.”

The festival is free and open to any students in grades seven through 12 and who live in Johnson, Hood or Somervell counties. Students enrolled at private schools and those who are home schooled also may enter. 

 Films may be submitted in four genres: drama, documentary, comedy and public service. Students can work in teams of no more than four members.

 The videos cannot exceed 10 minutes in length. They will be judged on creativity and technical quality, such as audio, camera angles and lighting.

Students also are encouraged to design movie posters to accompany their films.

The deadline to submit entries, either on a CD or a DVD, is April 30. A viewing and awards night be held May 17 at Alvarado High School.

For more information, call Holland at 817-783-1160 or visit www.alvaradoisd.net.