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Student filmmakers in the spotlight

Delta Film Academy hosts Gala Showcase
William Marenych (Grade 10), Alex Buckley (Grade 12), Elliott Mendoza yu (Grade 9), Quinn Engelsjord (Grade 11), Kathy Manary (Grade 12), Ethan Hendry-Hoff (Grade 8) and Saranya Kaewkanha (Grade 8) are all students in the Delta Film Academy.

The Delta Film Academy is hosting its sixth annual Gala Showcase event at the Genesis Theatre in Ladner to provide a platform to display the hard work of their acting, production and VFX students.

The Gala Showcase in on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6).

The evening will showcase the passion of more than 65 students from all over Delta.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome, however, all content is rated PG13, so viewer discretion is advised.

There are three featured student-written short films.

Writer and co-director, Jude Wilson (Grade 12) tells us that “Lockdown is about a young boy named Tyler, whose first day of middle school turns into a living nightmare when a monster attacks his school.”

Co-director Logan Roesler says about the process that, “we are learning a lot – we got to be very creative with this film and experiment.”

Otage de Fromage is about “A teenage girl who feels lost until she accidently get mixed up with students who appear to be in a cheese cult,” says Kathy Manary one of the co-directors.

The third film is “about this girl who refuses to come to terms with her friend’s death so she decides to revive her and faces the consequences,” says Sam Bowyer the co-writer and co-director of the project.

Zane Soltis the co-writer and co-director of What’s the Matter with Mallory explains that “it was a very good starting experience to learn about what it is to work on a real-life film from start to finish. The process was really cool.”

All the films and reels featured through the evening range the genre spectrum and vary in length. It will be sure to be an inspiring evening of cinematic entertainment complete with popcorn (of course) – with all proceeds from the concession go toward the DFA Bursary Program.

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