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QuickFlix 2011: Teen Video Contest


Local teens have the rare opportunity to learn digital filmmaking for free through a summer partnership between Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

The library's QuickFlix 2011, a teen video creation contest, is designed to showcase the filmmaking talents of teens throughout the region. Young directors between the ages of 12-18 are encouraged to shoot a one to three minute video using this year's Teen Summer Reading theme "You Are Here" and teen Hear Me stories for inspiration.

Entrants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and be a resident of the City of Pittsburgh. The videos will be judged by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Library staff on originality, style and entertainment value.

Teens who wish to learn to make a video can sign up for a free video workshop at one of four library locations. The workshops will be taught by video artists/instructors from Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Participants who do not have a camera can talk to the teen specialist at their neighborhood Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to borrow a HD Flip Video camera to film.

Deadline for entry is August 1.

Filming can take place anywhere. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will allow filming of videos on the premises, including inside the buildings, but permission must be obtained prior to filming inside the library and all CLP policies must be abided. For details, contact Corey Wittig, Digital Learning Librarian - Teen Services, at 412-622-3140.

Grand Prize (Individual), Flip UltraHD Video Camera and $100 Best Buy gift card; Grand Prize (Group), $200 Best Buy gift card and $100 iTunes gift card; Second Prize, MP3 player and $50 iTunes gift card; and, Third Prize, MP3 player and $25 iTunes gift card.

Winners will be announced on August 20 at a special screening and reception. For complete contest rules and workshop locations, visit, call 412-578-2599 or email teens@carnegielibrary. org.


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