Student filmmakers learn from pros at Utah High School Film Festival


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Student filmmakers from around the Beehive State participated in the annual Utah High School Film Festival Tuesday, where they also learned from film and television industry professionals. 

Students from various schools showcased their work at Salt Lake Community College. Projects were student-created, and ranged from music and lyric videos, to documentaries and other categories. 

Students who won in their category like Steven Bartholomew, who took home the first place prize for his documentary on depression, said he was encouraged by the support he and his peers are receiving from local industry professionals. 

“I think it’s incredible that there is so much going on in Utah,” said Bartholomew. “I always thought I’d have to go to L.A. to get into the film industry, but it sounds like I might just stick around here.” He said he would like to break into the local independent film circuit. 

Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission, was the keynote speaker at the festival. After her address, students went to various workshops put on by film and television professionals, including staff at ABC4. 

“It’s really important for us to be involved with events like this because we are really trying to build that talent pipeline,” said Pearce. “Getting quality education to kids during their formative years about film and digital is key for us to continue to grow our industry.”

Students told ABC4 they hope to continue their film and television education at local universities and then work in their respective fields right here in Utah. 

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