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Palo Alto Int'l Film Festival Accepting Local Short Film and Student Short Film Submissions

(January 20, 2012)

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/20/12 -- The Palo Alto Int'l Film Festival (PAIFF) invites local filmmakers and student filmmakers to submit their films, for the opportunity to be screened at the second annual PAIFF, which takes place from September 27th - 30th, 2012.

Palo Alto is the epicenter of technological innovation and the birthplace of film. PAIFF 2012 will realize its mission to bridge the gap between Hollywood and Silicon Valley by connecting the imagination of artists, technology professionals, community members and the film industry. In order to celebrate the film community in Palo Alto, PAIFF invites all local filmmakers to submit their short films. Any cinematic medium or method is acceptable: live action, animation, mobile phone, transmedia or documentary short film.

Local submissions to this competition must not exceed 10 minutes in length and need to be submitted by May 1st, 2012. Local submissions must have a San Francisco/Peninsula/Bay Area address. One grand prize winner will be chosen from the pool of all submissions as well as three runners-up. The Grand Prize winner and runners-up will be announced in August of 2012.

PAIFF's Digital Native Youth Program is Palo Alto's film festival for children and young adults. Teacher, visionary and game-designer Marc Prensky described digital natives as "'native speakers' of the digital language of computers, video games, and the Internet." Although there are a few other definitions of "digital natives" in circulation, the term indisputably describes the youth (and many of the adults) in Silicon Valley today. PAIFF 2012 will celebrate these Digital Natives by featuring student filmmakers in Silicon Valley. Student filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short film, of any cinematic medium or method, to PAIFF.

Student submissions to this competition must not exceed 10 minutes in length and need to be submitted by May 15th, 2012. One grand prize winner will be chosen from the pool of all submissions, selected by the PAIFF Youth Jury.

Local filmmakers and student filmmakers may apply for a submission fee-waiver. Please e-mail for more information.

PAIFF 2012 is also accepting applications to form a Youth Jury, an opportunity for students to learn how to critique, discuss, and review film with their peers. Led by a PAIFF staff member and filmmakers, the Youth Jury will have the unique opportunity to become fully engaged with the local film community. Prior to the festival, the Jury will participate in a 3-day intensive meeting where they will create the Digital Native Youth Program. During the festival, members of the jury will assess all the submissions for the Digital Native Youth Program, and will then convene and deliberate to award the best submissions for the 2012 festival season. Students who are submitting a film to the festival may not apply. For more information about the Youth Jury program or to apply to be on the Youth Jury, please contact

Palo Alto Int'l Film Festival 2012 convenes artists, media and technology professionals and attendees in an intimate environment where they can experience great cinema, learn about cutting-edge technologies and ideas and celebrate the artists and innovators shaping the world of moving pictures. A program of Palo Alto Institute, a 501c(3) nonprofit, PAIFF aims to inspire cinematic revolutions. PAIFF passes are on-sale now with a 50% discount up until February 29th, 2012.


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