Danny Kramer, from left, Steve Moos and Kelly Anzalone are hoping for big things from the Steamboat Springs Student Film Festival, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium.
Steamboat Springs You never know who the next Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino might be, and there’s no time like the present for young filmmakers to start their careers.
The next generation of directors will have its say Saturday as part of the inaugural Steamboat Springs Student Film Festival. The event will showcase 25 shorts submitted by budding talent from the local, state and national levels.
The festival is a continuation of the now-defunct Rocky Mountain Student Film Festival, an event in which Student Film Festival organizer Steve Moos and his students at Steamboat Springs High School regularly participated. The event recently was hosted by Basalt High School.
“Basalt said they weren’t going to do it anymore, and I didn’t want to have a gap year and have people who submitted every year lose interest,” he said. “We kind of made a last-minute decision to go for it and keep this thing going.”
Moos sent out a call for films several months ago, receiving plenty from interested high school students, only about half of whom made the cut for the festival. The majority of entries are from Colorado filmmakers, including nine from Steamboat, but entries also came from South Dakota and South Carolina.
Entries range from a visual poem that is 1 minute, 6 seconds long to a 10-minute documentary detailing the activities of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council. The festival includes six categories: drama, comedy, action sports, artistic/experimental, documentary and animation. Judges will name a winner in each category, an audience favorite and an overall winner.
“It’s going to be tough to pick a winner because we’ve got a lot of good films,” Moos said. “It’s a good variety, and every category has their strengths.”
Local filmmaker Kelly Anzalone’s project — “Ruby vs. Wolfgang,” starring local middle school students — also will be screened. Moos said he would like to expand the festival in coming years to include students as young as middle-school age or as old as college age.
“That would be great to have something for college students because there’s a lot of competition at that level,” he said. “This year is mostly about staying alive and keeping it going. Next year, we’ll really try to do it as a big weekend thing and maybe invite more people to come up. There’s a lot of film fans in town, and hopefully people will check out what these high school kids are doing. There’s definitely some great creativity being expressed.”