Having a movie shown at a film festival is no small feat, but imagine being a fledgling filmmaker still in college — or even younger.
The Newport Beach Film Festival gives the next generation's Woody Allens or Francis Ford Coppolas their start with dedicated screening time during the festival's week-long celebration. The festival hosts a youth film showcase that screens short films made by students 18 or younger, a "teen screen" for filmmakers older than 14 and a collegiate showcase featuring student shorts.
The last category included submissions by Orange Coast College called OCC Shorts, featuring seven films by 11 students.
"It's very awe-inspiring to have it happen already," said Matthew Harreld, 27, a film and video major at OCC.
Inclusion in the festival gives students the chance to hobnob with famous actors, directors and cinematographers, network and put the achievement on their résumés, said Bob Lazarus, chairman of OCC's film and video department.