FilmFest 4-H, the national 4-H film festival was held in St. Louis this past summer and two Ohio 4-H filmmakers were recognized with awards. Emmy Beck-Aden from Athens County received first place honors in the “Voices of 4-H History” category for “Generations Coming Together,” her film about 4-H in Athens County. Eric Glaze from Warren County won the popular vote and People’s Choice award for his silent film, “Pool Sharks.”
Six Ohio youth participated in FilmFest this year, along with more than 50 other 4-H members from 14 states. Youth participated in acting workshops with an LA-based actress (and 4-H alum from Montana), improv activities with a former Second City actor, and learned special effects and make up techniques. Along with screening the 24 films submitted by 4-H filmmakers, the group also viewed three feature films.
Interest in the national contest began with a session at the 2015 Ohio 4-H Conference and a film project day held at the Ohio 4-H Center in April. Thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation for their support for the Ohio film program.