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Digital Desert Youth Film Festival

Apr 29, 2011
from 03:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW
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The fourth annual Digital Desert Youth Film Festival ( will be held Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The event showcases short films by students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Students from across New Mexico submit films that are five minutes or less in nine categories: music video, documentary, drama/action, animation, experimental, comedy, commercial, stop-frame and zombie/horror. The project is the brainchild of Valley High’s Digital Film Production class instructed by Abel Abeita, who hosted the city’s first youth film festival a few years ago.

The festival kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, with a short ceremony, followed by a 4 p.m. screening of the documentary, “The Most Dangerous Man in America, ” (, an Academy Award-nominated film about the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion on First Amendment rights. The film and discussion are sponsored by KNME.

Runners-up in the film competition will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Films by students in elementary and middle schools will be shown during a matinee from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, followed by an awards ceremony with prizes.

The winning high school films will be shown from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, followed by an award ceremony with prizes hosted by Albuquerque actor Michael Quezada of “Breaking Bad” fame. The festival wraps up with a party for participants at Warehouse 508 from 9-11 p.m.

The festival also will include workshops for students on Saturday:

  • Special Effects, 10 a.m.;
  • Makeup, 11 a.m.;
  • Lighting, noon.

In addition, there will be a stage reading of the winning screenplay from a student science fiction script-writing competition at 1 p.m. Saturday.

All events will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (map) and are free of charge.

Among the sponsors of the Digital Desert Youth Film Festival are APS Education Foundation, the City of Albuquerque Film Office, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Warehouse 508, APS Fine Arts, IATSE Local 480 Film Technicians of NM and KNME.

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