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A Houston Festival Directs Its Attention To Talented Young Filmmakers

A Houston festival is directing its attention to a special group of filmmakers – young ones.

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A still from the film Hunter's Luck by Matija Sturm and Kolja Saksida, 2016, Slovenia.

The “Extremely Young Film Festival” may be based in Houston, but the entries come from around the world.

"There's two films from Slovenia, films from New York, California, all over the place — so that's also pretty impressive," said Mary Magsamen, curator at the Aurora Picture Show.

Magsamen said the fest is an offshoot of "Extremely Shorts," which features films that are less than three minutes long.

"We had been seeing a lot of submissions from kids and so we thought that it would be interesting to make a youth component of Extremely Shorts," she said.

It's open to young filmmakers under 17 years old. In previous years, they've gotten entries from kids as young as 8.

Tish Stringer was the juror in charge of reviewing about 250 submissions and picking the best 30. She said the topics are as diverse as the applicants.

"You might have very little kids doing happy, wonderful animations about insects and fun," Stringer said. "On the other hand, you have teenagers making deep feminist slam poetry pieces about body issues."

The ticketed festival hands out three awards, which are based on votes from the audience.

The Extremely Young Film Festival is Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Aurora Picture Show in Houston.

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