Created in 2007, the New Hampshire High School Short Film has become one of the marquee film festivals in the state, fostering interest in filmmaking and rewarding future members of the industry for their craft.
The festival is open to students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 at New Hampshire public or private high schools; homeschooled students ages 14 to 18 are also eligible. Submissions do not have to have been created as part of a school project and there is no entry fee. To be considered, a film cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits.
A panel of judges made up of New Hampshire film industry professionals will review all submissions. Select films will be shown at the festival at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 24.
Winning films will also be screened on New Hampshire Day and Night at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth in October, the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord in November and the Monadnock International Film Festival in Keene in April 2015.
Rules and guidelines, film submission forms and other information about the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival can be found at nhstudentfilm.com.
DVD offers many help with stuttering
Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers. Help is available at most public libraries in the form of a DVD. Some libraries have an older video format.
The DVD was produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
David Wilkins, a high school student who stutters, narrates the DVD. It features students from junior high school through college talking about their experiences with stuttering and what they found to be helpful. They talk openly about the ridicule they faced from classmates and how their stuttering affects their lives.
Three experts answer questions about stuttering, refute myths and misconceptions, and present examples of therapy sessions showing how stuttering can be reduced.
Books and DVDs produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.tartarmudez.org.
The DVD is available at Derry Public Library and at Leach Library.