From the Harford County Public Library:
The red carpet was rolled out at the Abingdon Library for budding teen filmmakers and their families attending the 5th annual Film This! Book Trailers Contest Premiere on Friday, March 11th.
The contest, sponsored by the Friends of Harford County Public Library and assisted by support from the Maryland State Arts Council and Harford County Public Library through Harford County Cultural Arts Board, challenged students in middle and high school to create a film promoting their favorite book. The number of entries submitted for 2016 more than doubled compared to last year, with the 79 films ranging from hand-drawn, stop-motion productions to live-action scenes with special effects.
“It’s thrilling to have such a large number of teens participate in this year’s Film This! Contest,” said Bill Amos, teen services librarian at the Abingdon Library and a lead organizer of the event. “Watching all of the book trailers was such an enjoyable experience and it’s exciting to see so many people of all ages here for tonight’s Premiere.”
Judges chose the winning submissions based on the criteria of creativity, images, audio and music, content, and level of interest created in the book. Allison and Grace Dietz took first place for their trailer for Son. Fallston High School Film Club’s entry for The Wave earned both second place and the People’s Choice Award, which was voted on by members of the audience. Third place was awarded to Emma Bowditch for Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
Film trailers from the 2016 contest, along with previous year’s, can be viewed by searching “HCPL Film This!” on YouTube. Information about Film This! can be found on the Library’s website at hcplonline.org/filmthis.html.