Teen filmmakers show off work at Downtown Library in Oklahoma City

Metropolitan Library System's sixth annual teen film contest entries will be screened Sunday at the Downtown Library in Oklahoma City.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: July 27, 2013

Aspiring directors, actors and writers will get a chance to show off their talents at the Metropolitan Library System's sixth annual teen film contest.

Screenings will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave., and include refreshments and discussions of each film.

The contest has become an outlet for budding Steven Spielbergs to show off their work in films that can be anywhere from two to 10 minutes in length.

The contest was started in 2007 by librarian Kimberly Edwards.

“It's a fun way for teens to be creative,” Edwards said. “We've had a wide variety of movies, from stop motion animation to thrillers and everything in between. They are involved in every aspect of it, from writing to filming to acting. We've even had some write their own music.”

Edwards said one of her favorite films was called “The Presence.”

“It was a thriller about a kid in his home who kept seeing something, a presence around him,” Edwards said. “It was really suspenseful and very professionally done.”

There are prizes in several categories, including audience favorite. The screenings and discussions are a great way for kids to get feedback on their work.

“They're showing their films to people that aren't their family or friends,” Edwards said. “That's sometimes the best kind of feedback because they don't know them, and it's always nice to hear something positive from someone that isn't related to you or a friend.”