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Gateway Film Fest screens high school, college students' work to celebrate the art.

COURTESY PHOTO: BRENDAN SWOGGER  - Last years festival drew submissions not only from local students around the Portland area, but from filmmakers as far as Germany and Iran. Two years ago, students at Pacific University created a festival for college and high school students to submit their films.

Today, the Gateway Film Festival is ready to fill seats. Students will share their hard work, showing their films to the community.

Earlier this year, people ages 14 to 25 submitted their work, which ranges from documentaries to animation to experimental films. No one who entered was required to have filmmaking experience.

Activities run from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Forest Theater, 1911 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, and include a reception dinner, awards and film screenings.

Brendan Swogger, a junior at Pacific University majoring in journalism, is on the festival's marketing team.

For him, the youth fest is a rare opportunity to see the area's creativity.

"I think that it's important because young filmmakers don't get the exposure they need to be getting," he said. "I think young artists, in general, deserve more exposure. I know, being a writer myself, that when you're younger, you don't get quite the attention that a lot of adults get. Having a whole film festival dedicated to supporting youth who aspire to be in the film field or going into it actively is really important to have. Having them be able to see kids their age and what other students are doing is inspiring for them."

COURTESY PHOTO: BRENDAN SWOGGER  - Gateway Film Festival was created by Pacific University students with the guidance of professors and is made possible by student volunteers and sponsors from the local community.Last year, students from Pacific University and Portland high schools — and even from out of the state and country — submitted films, Swogger said.

Not only are Pacific University students encouraged to attend and support the event, but people from all over are invited to watch the free shows and be a part of the growing annual event.

"This is definitely a community event," Swogger said. "We want to get a lot of people coming to this because it's really for everybody."

To learn more, visit gatewayfilmfest.com.

IF YOU GO

What: Gateway Film Festival

When: 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12

Where: Forest Theater, 1911 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove

Details:

¦ 10:45-11:15 a.m. welcome reception/filmmakers check-in

¦ 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. short films

¦ 12:30-1:30 p.m. documentaries

¦ 1:45-3:15 p.m. Portland-area schools special screening

¦ 3:30-5 p.m. professional panel

¦ 5:15-6:45 p.m. award ceremony

¦ 7-8:30 p.m. reception

¦ 8:45-10 p.m. evening short films (at Pacific University's Marsh Hall Room 216)


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