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5/21/2012 9:01:00 AM
12th annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival this weekend
The 12th annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival will take place May 25-27. More than 30 short films and two features will be screened. Filmmakers will be on-hand for Q&A, following screenings.
The 12th annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival will take place May 25-27. More than 30 short films and two features will be screened. Filmmakers will be on-hand for Q&A, following screenings.
If You Go ...
• What: 12th Annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival

• When: Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27

• Where: Zaki Gordon Institute, 4215 Arts Village Dr. Sedona

• How Much: Passes from $5 to $30

• More Info: Rue @ (928) 649-4257 or

The Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking is proud to announce the winners of the statewide 2012 High School Film Competition.

This competition is held in conjunction with the Annual Film Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27.

Over 40 high school students submitted films to this year's competition. The competition was fierce, and the rewards were very exciting.

The Most Promising Filmmaker received scholarship for full, in-state tuition to the Zaki Gordon Institute. The Emerging Filmmaker received a GoPro HD Hero 3D camera kit. The Best Group Project received a free filmmaking workshop at ZGI. (Details below)

Join us for an entertaining weekend of films, fabulous food (hosted by Westside Deli), and amazing raffle prizes on Friday night AND at the Sunday awards ceremony.

Raffle tickets are only $5 each or five for $20 and give you the chance to win prizes packages from Harkins, Gold passes to the Sedona International Film Festival and accommodations (booked at SIFF discretion), IFP memberships, free golf, software, Day in the West jeep tours and more!

The festival kicks off with the very first Career & Gear Fair on Friday night, May 25, 5:30-9 p.m. You will get to meet the filmmakers, look at great film equipment from manufactures like JVC cameras, EZ FX jibs, NAU-tv, Lizard and Video Productions, FilmPeru and many more!

Plan on seeing the latest gear and getting information on internship and entry level film career opportunities. We will also raffle off vendor merchandise, including Movie Magic Scheduling & Budgeting.

"ZGI is thrilled to share this opportunity with the public," says Rue, film school Director. "There are so many great supporters of independent film. This is a wonderful chance for locals and tourists to see how the movie business works...what it takes to get started."

Saturday and Sunday we will be screening these exciting films from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. Filmmakers will be present for Q&A after each screening block. Passes are on sale now and can be purchased over the phone, by calling (928) 649-4257. Here is a sample of some films you can look forward to seeing:

Most Promising Filmmaker

Sketch, by Cody Carlson

- Higley High School

A crippled young man living under his mother's care, finds a mysterious sketch set in an old pawnshop...his life will never be the same.

Emerging Filmmaker

The EPIC of Bob, by Scott Minard - Phoenix Country Day School

Two teens set out to pull a prank on their uptight neighbor, but their antics lead to unexpected consequences.

Honorable Mention

- Individual

Survivor, by Isaac Keene

- Centennial High School

This documentary film explores the lives of three very different survivors and discovers what they have in common.

Mrs. Taylor Makes Toast

By Lucy Owens

- Skyline High School

Mrs. Taylor attempts to make toast for her son Charlie...but the toaster has other plans.

Best Group Project

Filmmaker Warfare

By Mingus Union High School

Competing narrative and documentary film crews go to battle over a prime filming location. What will be their weapons of choice?

Honorable Mention - Group

The Slenderman Project

By Metropolitan Arts Institute

A motley group of high school freshmen embark on an adventure to find the Slenderman. Urban myth or frightening reality?

Official Selections

Hello, by Colton Trcic - Sedona Red Rock High School

The wordless story of a young couple troubled by economic hard times, and one man's journey to let go. Set to the music of "Hello" by Evanescence.


By Dakota Jones

- Mingus Union High School

A documentary short that explores copper and how it has shaped the history of Jerome, Arizona.

Choose the Screening Pass that works for you! The Premiere Pass gives you access to ALL events + FREE popcorn + 2 Free Raffle tickets for only $30, for the entire weekend. If you only have one day to spend with us choose a 1-Day Screener for $8. If you want to make sure you see all the films choose a two-day screener for $15. Only have a few hours you can always get a quick fix at the Career & Gear Fair, entry is $5 and you get a one free raffle ticket.

Saturday evening is dedicated Marion Herrman, a long time supporter of the film school. There will be a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. to honor her fiercely independent spirit and screen a special Director's Pick feature film, immediately following. On Sunday morning we will screen "Bullied to Silence" at a special 10 a.m. engagement.

Your vote counts! All student film screenings will be balloted and all ballots will be counted before the Awards Ceremony on Sunday. The Audience Choice award, sponsored by Tim and Judy Maloney, will be presented on Sunday at the 5 p.m. ZGI Awards ceremony.

Fully accredited as part of Yavapai College and a member of CILECT, the association of the world's major film and television schools, ZGI has earned a reputation for delivering quality education at a very reasonable price. ZGI focuses on bringing students together with mentors in the industry.

"The Zaki Gordon Institute shares an intensity in its hands-on approach to storytelling through motion pictures, matched only by the top film schools in the country. I'm thrilled to be a supporter of such a wonderful school!" says Dan Dubiecki, Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning producer of "Juno," "Up In The Air," and "Thank You For Smoking."

Also, as a result of a new partnership, Northern Arizona University is now offering a minor in Independent Filmmaking, through coursework at ZGI.

Conversely, students whom attend ZGI directly will now be able to transfer their credits seamlessly into a bachelors program at NAU. Students may choose from a narrative or documentary track and in only nine months, they walk away with their own short film as a calling card.

All events are at ZGI, located at the Yavapai College Sedona Center for Arts and Technology, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona, Arizona. Call Rue at (928) 649-4257 for more information.

The film school is now accepting applications for Fall 2012, only six spots remaining. To learn more about Sedona's film school, please visit

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