The area already has attracted top-named film stars for productions in the area, including Al Pacino and Ashton Kutcher.
Although pleased with the notoriety the city has received as a film production location, Douglasville Main Street Manager Stephanie Aylworth believes the talent of local film makers who are anxious to get into the industry, are being overlooked.
That is why she and her department have organized Saturday’s On the Reel Film Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new Douglasville Conference Center, 6701 Church St.
The festival, she said, is an effort to showcase the work of local amateur filmmakers to film professionals who will preview, critique and make suggestions as to how they could improve their short film production and results.
In addition, the festival also will feature workshops for these emerging filmmakers. The workshops offered include acting, the use of special effects in films and even a “green screen” adventure for youngsters where they can experience actually being on camera, such as in a television studio.
In addition, the festival will help guide local creative writing talent for films as well as producing and directing such films.
“With the film production area of study we have now at some of our own high schools, we wanted to give those kids interested in getting into the industry an avenue to display their talent through submission of their short films, as part of our first annual short film festival,” Aylworth said.
She said film submissions by local amateur filmmakers cannot have more than a PG rating and are being accepted for the following categories: comedy, drama, documentary, animation and action suspense.
Aylworth said each film category would be divided into four age divisions, including youth, for ages 6 to 13, teen for ages 14 through 18, traditional age college student filmmakers, and those filmmakers over 21.
There is no charge for local filmmakers to submit their work.
“The festival provides filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work to audiences, gain exposure and connect with industry professionals,” Aylworth said.
The short films will be screened and winners will be selected.