Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival Set for Friday in Poughkeepsie

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TEENS: Click HERE for your FREE tickets to this year’s Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival!

Spark Media Project Youth Filmakers

POUGHKEEPSIE – Celebrating its fifth year, the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival features youth-produced films – narrative, animation, experimental and documentary – from the Hudson Valley and around the world.

This teen showcase encourages youth creativity, invigorates our local community through the arts, and showcases the incredible work done by the next generation of media-makers. Reel Expressions takes place on Friday, November 10th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie.

The film festival will showcase finalists who are selected by a panel of professional judges.The festival is created for teens and adults; families are welcome; however, some themes are quite mature for younger audiences.

Spark Media Project’s teachers & students

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the film showcase begins: 5:30 p.m. This year’s event includes an interactive opening reception before the start of the showcase with a local youth DJ, along with a Q&A panel with the young filmmakers after the showcase. Sparky Awards will be presented for first place, along with first and second runner up.

Spark Media Project + Mill Street Loft are proud to announce the finalists:

  • After Freddie Gay: What Now?, Wide Angle Youth Media
  • Daddy Why?, Williemae Fiddemon
  • Hygge, Rachel Mcgill
  • Atlas World, Morgana McKenzie
  • Tailor, Suma Filmes
  • iRony, Radheya Jegatheva
  • Any Given Day, Azure Allen
  • Heid, Tessa Hill
  • Cycle, Caleb Wild
  • Damsels in Distress, Raine Bracken
  • The Portrait of Fear, Akvile Gelazuite
  • Santa Woman, Spark Media Project Youth

Youth under 21 are free with pre-registration; tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors/students.

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Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project is committed to being a catalyst for youth empowerment and community engagement through the arts and media across the Hudson Valley.

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See what the festival is all about! Revisit HVNN’s coverage over the past three years:


Reel Expressions Film Festival 2016


Spark Media Project's 2015 "Reel Expressions" Youth Film Festival


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