StARTfest Film Festival Coming to DeLand June 7

Past Popcorn Gallery panelist and award-winning filmmaker, Kyle Snavely, shines the spotlight on our filmmaking future at this years Student Art Festival. Student Art Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization composed of educators, festival coordinators, and film enthusiasts – all of whom are dedicated to seeing STARTFEST becoming a nationally recognized destination for youth education in the film arts. (Look for our coverage in Season 4!)

Kyle has done an amazing job assembling a fantastic board of directors ranging from a former Ops Manager of the Florida Film Festival to a Doctor! The judges are no slouches either. Students will have their work looked over by; ICS featured filmmakers Nicholas Ruff (Dust and Mud), Enrique Zarate (Zellwood) and Ken Lowrie (Situation Normal: A film about SNAFU), as well as a co-producer of The Mentalist, a camera op for CSI: Miami and an Assistant Editor for The Voice! Please support this local, student centric fest and help encourage the creative minds of tomorrow!


Top student films to screen at [STARTFEST] ‘13

Orlando, FL – Where can Florida high school and college students learn from a head camera operator for CSI, an MTV music video producer, or a director with CBS News? Student Art Festival [STARTFEST] bridges the gap between young, aspiring filmmakers, and leading industry professionals. “It’s the first film festival specifically designed for students,” says Kyle Snavely, President of [STARTFEST] and former video production teacher. “From my years teaching at both the high school and college level, I realized there needed to be a place where students can compete against their peers, AND receive valuable, constructive feedback from people who know what it takes to be successful in this industry.

It’s very encouraging to young filmmakers,” explains Amelia Langston, a Senior TV Production student at Oviedo High School. “Not only is it just for students, but we get the opportunity to have our films viewed by professionals. That’s unheard of in most film fests.

Amelia, along with over 100 other high school and college students from across the state, submitted films to be evaluated and scored by current film, video and broadcast professionals. The top 26 films with the highest scores will be shown at the inaugural [STARTFEST] ‘13 at 7 p.m. June 7th at the Athens Theater, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and $8 for groups of eight or more. For more information, go to

Student Art Festival Inc., a Florida nonprofit organization, was founded in January, 2012 to provide high school and college students with education, exhibition and recognition in the arts.


If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kyle Snavely, please call at (321) 285-9237 or e-mail Kyle at


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Multimedia Producer. Social Media Advocate. Filmmaker. Volunteer. I am the Producer and Host of the monthly Florida filmmaker screening series, FilmSlam at Enzian Theater, and Managing Editor of one of Central Florida's oldest, most trusted websites, the award-winning! I am also a proud committee member of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a member of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer's Florida State Advisory Committee, Orlando Tech Association Marketing Committee, Valencia College's Digital Media Advisory Board, as well as on several Film Florida committees. Additionally, I am a Google #GlassExplorer, techie, purple lover and #caregiver. View all posts by jenvargas

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