Launched by Youth Services librarian Susan Conlon at Princeton (N.J.) Public Library in 2003, the Princeton Student Film and Video Festival was developed to “to encourage and support the work of youth filmmakers in a range of genres and styles, with the opportunity and a venue for the filmmakers to show their work to a broad audience.” Free of charge to enter, the festival is open to young adults ages fourteen to twenty-five.
This year, nearly two hundred original films were submitted from filmmakers around the world, and twenty-six were selected to be screened at the two-day festival. More than one hundred festival-goers were treated to comedy and drama, both live action and animated. Attending filmmakers received custom festival T-shirts featuring their names, title of their films, and the festival logo; they were also invited to attend the traditional after-party held each night with ice cream and sorbet.
Check out the festival’s website to find programs for past years’ events as well as links to a variety of film resources, including outlets for filmmakers, New Jersey festivals and resources, film review and other information sources, and news and media sources.