An unprecedented 400+ attendees showed up for the 2017 Granite Youth Film Festival in the Greater Seacoast, making it the most successful premiere in the event’s history.
The film festival, presented by United Way of the Greater Seacoast and the Granite Youth Alliance, experienced a record-breaking number of team participants this year as more and more youth heard about this unique opportunity. Films showcase the dangers and effects of substance abuse and misuse. Fueled by the power of creativity and youth-empowerment, more than a dozen participating teams – ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old – write, direct, film, and star in 3 to 5 minute film productions. But before the process of filmmaking even begins, these students must first pitch their ideas to a panel of adult prevention specialists and community members – lending to valuable leadership opportunities for Seacoast youth.
The two-day festival, sponsored primarily by Exeter Hospital, premieres first screenings of all films and interviews with youth participants. As students demonstrate their talents, they also reveal the value and strength of a shared community vision.