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PRESS PHOTO BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH Jeff Shubzda, Emmaus Arts Commission, shares rules, guidelines and suggestions for the seventh annual Student Horror Film Festival with students, teachers and parents Oct. 11 at Emmaus High School. PRESS PHOTO BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH Jeff Shubzda, Emmaus Arts Commission, shares rules, guidelines and suggestions for the seventh annual Student Horror Film Festival with students, teachers and parents Oct. 11 at Emmaus High School.

EMMAUS ARTS COMMISSION 2012 Student Horror Film Festival begins

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH dgalbraith@tnonline.com in Local News

Middle school and high school students, teachers and parents attended the kickoff for the seventh annual Student Horror Film Festival Oct. 11 organized by the Emmaus Arts Commission.

Sponsors include The Press, PenTeleData, Service Electric and Clark Media.

Students are given 96 hours to develop, produce and deliver a six minute horror film on DVD to Emmaus High School.

Although most students are from the Lehigh Valley, there have been teams as far away as Oregon.

Emmaus Arts Commission member Jeff Shubzda welcomed the students, teachers and parents and provided tips for a successful film such as lighting, sound, camera movement and audio.

Shubzda said the films are judged on the following criteria: effective use of required material; storyline and story telling (beginning, middle and end); acting, editing and film direction; and creativity and originality.

Rules were also reviewed and each team leader picked a theme from a bag. Some of the themes included "Jack in the Box," "Money" and "Haunted House."

Middle and high school students are judged in two different categories and winners receive cash and other prizes.

An awards ceremony and film viewing will be held 2 p.m Oct. 28 at the Emmaus Theatre, 19 South 4th St., Emmaus.

For additional information, visit the Emmaus Arts Commission website at www.emmausarts.org.