Steamboat Springs Film Committee members Chris Silas and Steve Moos joke around with some old film at the Chief Theater earlier this week. The two men, along with Nikki Inglis and Jill Waldman, have helped to organize this year's Student Film Festival, which will open at 7 p.m. Friday night at the downtown Steamboat Springs theater. The festival will continue  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs Film Committee members Chris Silas and Steve Moos joke around with some old film at the Chief Theater earlier this week. The two men, along with Nikki Inglis and Jill Waldman, have helped to organize this year's Student Film Festival, which will open at 7 p.m. Friday night at the downtown Steamboat Springs theater. The festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Student Film Festival: The sequel

Event moves to Chief Theater in second year

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The entries of the second annual Steamboat Springs Student Film Festival will hit the screen this weekend at a new location, as the two-day event moves downtown to the Chief Theater.

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The second annual Steamboat Springs Student Film Festival takes place at the Chief Theater on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $2 for the screenings, with activities such as the workshops offered for free. For more information, visit steamboatstudentfilmfest.com.

Friday

5 to 10 p.m. VIP lounge for filmmakers

7 to 9 p.m. Screening medley

Saturday

10 a.m. to noon Filmmaking workshops

Noon to 6 p.m. VIP lounge for filmmakers

1 to 4 p.m. Screenings for honorable mention films

4 to 5:30 p.m. Feedback from a pro

7 to 9 p.m. Screenings for top films

9:30 to 11 p.m. Winners reception

Steamboat Springs High School business and video production instructor Steve Moos, who is organizing the film festival, said dozens of competitors have submitted their works for a variety of genres, including comedy, drama, action sports, animation, documentary and artistic/experimental.

Young filmmakers from Steamboat and across the state — and even the nation, from as far away as Minnesota and Florida — at the high school and college levels have entered the competition.

The increase in entries also made picking the initial top titles more difficult, Moos said.

“The competition has become a lot fiercer,” he said.

In addition to more entries — a full list of the short list of final candidates and honorable mentions can be found at the website steamboatstudentfilmfest.com — the types of activities also have multiplied in the festival’s sophomore year.

In addition to more entries — a full list of the short list of final candidates and honorable mentions can be found at the website www.steamboatstudentfilmfest.com — the types of activities also have multiplied in the festival’s sophomore year.

A VIP lounge for the entrants will let them hobnob as they prepare for the screenings tonight and Saturday night. With screenings taking place at the Chief all day Saturday, more than 60 short films overall are on display throughout the course of two days.

Anyone who attends also is welcome to attend the Saturday morning workshops with up-and-coming filmmaker John McSween, a Colorado Film School student and winner of the 2013 Dean’s Cup at the Stanley Film Festival.

Also offering advice will be James Tharp, a cinematography instructor for Colorado Film School, who most recently worked on the Disney nature documentary “Bears.” He will discuss the ins and outs of the technical aspects of moviemaking.

“Getting advice from a pro is like having an athlete talking to you about your free-throw shooting,” Moos said. “A lot of these students are underclassmen, so we just want them to keep doing it next year.”

Winners will be announced Saturday night with picks from the panel of judges, as well as audience favorites. Last year’s victors “Reverse” and “The Note” also can be viewed at the event’s website.

Moos said he hopes the expansions of this year's film festival are an indicator that the event will continue to grow into a blockbuster for the Steamboat film community.

“Hopefully, we’ll see more schools and more entries per school,” he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @TheBocksOffice.

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