After the tremendous community support for the first annual Millburn Film Fest, Millburn students have entered their films into other local and national festivals. Millburn High School students and creators of “Look Up,” Amanda Prager and Jake Oleson, have been busy this summer entering other film festivals as well as creating new films for next year. “Look Up” was the overall winner of Millburn Film Festival and was chosen as a finalist in the Fall New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers. It has won second place in the Moving Media Film Festival in Detroit, shown at the Fandana Film Festival, shown at the Princeton Student Film Festival on July 18, won best music video at the Westport Youth Film Festival, is online at Young Cuts International Film Festival, and will be screened at the NYC Filmmaker's Festival.
Filmmaker Amanda Prager said, “When ‘Look Up’ premiered in the Westport Youth Film Festival, it actually won the Music Video category, and Jake and I won $250. From that win, Jake and I started entering bigger festivals, like the Austin Film Festival and Indie Film Fest U.S.A.” Amanda said she is currently working on a short about her entire summer put to music and another film about a boy who escapes from reality through his writing. Jake is also working on his films this summer.
Another film shown at the Millburn Film Fest, “Talk to Me,” was also screened at the Westport Youth Film Festival. “Talk to Me” was created by Tahra Anglade (recent graduate of Millburn H.S.), Miranda Kasher (sophomore) and Jake Oleson (senior).
The Education Foundation of Millburn wants to put more students in the spotlight by showcasing their short films next year and encourage students to get to work on their films now. Students enrolled in Millburn Middle School and Millburn High School are eligible to enter their short films. For Millburn Film Fest contest rules and forms go to the Ed Foundation’s website at www.edfoundationmillburnshorthills.org.