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Portland Film Festival's Future Filmmakers allows grades K-12 kids to be creative, and movies air starting Oct. 18.

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     October is the perfect time for scary movies, and starting Oct. 18, you can view a slew of monster flicks made by local students.

While "scary" might be up for debate, the {obj:57507:Portland Film Festival's Future Filmmakers } program is giving children grades K-12 an opportunity to try their hand and making something frightening or spooky in the lead up to Halloween.

The Future Filmmakers worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area, Koerner Camera and Comcast on allowing kids to make monster movies.

The Portland Film Festival will post several films made by the Boys & Girls Clubs members, as well as some made by children from the Portland/Southwest Washington community this year. They'll be two to seven minutes long. Videos will be available on the festival's

The videos will be available on the Portland Film Festival website, or by saying "Portland Film Festival" into your Comcast Xfinity voice remote.

"The genre seems to excite people, and with the timing of the festival and Halloween, who doesn't love a scary movie?" said Rebecca Brown, Comcast's director of Community Impact.

Brown admits that the kid-made movies are a little bit scary and also humorous. Participants range from 6 to 18 years old.

"It's so exciting inspiring the next generation of storytellers and creators."

About 50 kids took part in the program in 2019, and likely many more this year, Brown added. Portland Film Festival held workshops with industry professionals for the Boys & Girls Clubs kids, and the festival also hosted a workshop for community kids.

Kids arrange for costumes and do the writing and filming and, this year, editing.

They use toys, parents, siblings, pets and neighbors in their movies; costumes, makeup and good sound earn bonus points.

"Part of our objective is creating platforms and programs for new voices to be heard and shared," Brown said.

There will be $2,500 in prize money given to winners in K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grades categories.

Submissions were due Oct. 12.

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