Expressions Youth Festival Ready to Roll
Bridgewater Bulletin & Progress Enterprise, SouthShoreNow.ca February 17, 2009
Photograph: First place winners in the Game Design competion at Expressions 2008. Ben Conrad and Sage McConnell plan to enter again in this year’s competitions!
The second annual Expressions New Media Youth Festival is set to hit the South Shore, kicking off on February 21.
The festival hub, located at Artech Studios, is a busy scene with volunteer jury members reviewing submissions and festival workers putting the final touches on this year’s festival program.
The festival has competitions in three categories – film, animation and video game design – which is open to youth provincewide.
This year more than 50 entries have been received. Youth juries each made up of about a half-dozen young people review and critique the entries and make the final decisions on winners, with some $500 in prizes to be awarded in each category.
The festival day will begin with the screenings of submitted films and animations at Empire Theatres at 9:30 a.m. and a games room will be set up where visitors can try out the video games submitted. Following the screenings there will be workshops held at Artech Studios on King Street. Three industry specialists from the animation and game sectors will lead the afternoon workshops. Mark Cappello, artist, animator and CEO of Invisible Entertainment, will conduct a session titled “Drawing for Animation” starting at 1 p.m.
This will be followed at 2:30 by a Flash animation workshop for animators led by Ron Doucet, an instructor at the Centre for Arts & Technology.
Josh Muise, a graphic artist at HB Studios, will conduct a 2-D art for games workshop starting at 4 p.m.
“Community support has been fantastic,” said festival director Ronnie Scullion. “Contributions have been pouring in from individuals, local businesses and organizations.”
Expressions New Media Youth Festival is co-produced and sponsored by Artech Studios and Empire Theatres Bridgewater with the support of the Municipality of Lunenburg and Town of Bridgewater.
The film competition is once again sponsored by the Lunenburg County Film Series. The animation and video game competitions are sponsored by the Nova Scotia Community College School of Applied Art and New Media and the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency, respectively.
And for anyone interested, it’s still not too late to get in on the workshops – call 530-3177 for more information.