Waynesboro Short Film Festival to open May 7

The Waynesboro Cultural Commission announced the opening ceremony of the 2011 Waynesboro Short Film Festival on Saturday, May 7. The festival is open to all free of charge. The opening reception at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Art Center is at the corner of South Wayne and Federal Street, located at 126 S. Wayne Ave. in Downtown Waynesboro.

At 1 p.m. the top entries in the competition will be screened in the Lawton Chapel at the historic Fishburne Military School, located at 225 S. Wayne Ave. in Downtown Waynesboro. At the end of the screening, Jody Kielbasa, director of the Virginia Film Festival, will select and announce the winners of the competition. Lorie Strother, organizer of the competition and festival, will present cash prizes to the top films in Adult and Youth categories. There will also be an Audience Choice cash prize. Tours of Fishburne will be available following the screening.

The Waynesboro Short Film Competition is open to filmmakers throughout Virginia. The entries were limited to a maximum of 16 minutes. A review panel screened the films and selected the finalists. Two area filmmakers and a teacher served on the panel along with Strother.

Alison Murray Levine teaches French film and cultural history at the University of Virginia. During graduate school, she worked as a video editor and production assistant at Images Virtuelles in Provence, France, and at Two Rivers Multimedia Solutions in Williamsburg. She also made an independent documentary entitled “Children of Exile,” funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She recently published a book on the history of French documentary film.

Len Klein is a technology and chemistry teacher at the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. He has experience teaching video editing using Final Cut Express.
Matt Marshall teaches Film Appreciation and Film History at the University of Virginia. His first short narrative film, “Perspective,” premiered at the Virginia Film Festival this past November, and both this film and his screenplay, “The Portrait,” are on the US Festival circuit now. Marshall will receive his M.F.A. in Screenwriting in May from Hollins University.

Jody Kielbasa was appointed to serve as the director of the Virginia Film Festival in May of 2009. In his first year he guided the festival to record breaking attendance. The festival welcomed an array of high-profile special guests from either side of the camera, including actors Matthew Broderick and Cherry Jones, writer/director Alan Ball and Hollywood legend Norman Jewison. In addition, Kielbasa significantly expanded the festival’s Outreach and Educational programs to include a community-wide family day event, student filmmaking initiatives including a digital media installation and more. The 2010 Virginia Film Festival broke all attendance and box office records. Currently teaching Arts Management for the University of Virginia, Jody lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Helen, and his children Camille, Luke and Juliet.