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Work of young Greenfield filmmakers showcased tonight, Saturday

GREENFIELD — A music video featuring a rap on the history of Greenfield. A highlight reel of trick basketball shots. A stop-motion animation using Post-it notes.

Thirty-four films — all made by Greenfield Public Schools students in kindergarten through Grade 12 — will be shown this weekend at the school department’s third annual film festival. They each run five minutes or less and represent a variety of genres and styles: fantasy stories, documentaries, public service announcements and music videos.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the high school tonight and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission and popcorn is free for all and other refreshments will be on sale.

In total, 65 films were submitted this year — the highest level of participation to date, said festival coordinator Mary Link. A panel of school administrators and community members selected which films would be shown this weekend and have awarded first, second and third place for three different age levels.

First-place winners (one from elementary grades, one from middle grades and one from high-school grades) will receive a $100 cash prize. Second-place winners get $50 and third-place winners get $25.

The audience participates, too. Viewers can cast their vote for their favorite film among each of the three levels. Lundgren Honda sponsors the audience prizes.

The Greenfield Education Foundation contributed to the cash prizes and provided some film equipment that students were able to borrow. Students of all age levels have access to faculty members who specialize in video production, school officials said.

“I would say, overall the films get better every year,” said Link. “They see each other’s films and they get more ideas. There have been some outstanding films every year.”

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