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Local youth honored at national 4-H film festival

Local youth honored at national 4-H film festival

August 12th, 2011 by Kelsea Scott in News

Shawna Scott, a Cole County 4-H member and filmmaker, received first- and second-place awards for her films as Missouri 4-H hosted young filmmakers at the inaugural national FilmFest 4-H from July 31-Aug. 1 in Branson.

Teenage participants screened each others' films, attended workshops, made new friends and enjoyed some of Branson's attractions.

About 40 youth and adults attended from six states. First-, second- and third-place awards were given in the categories of commercial spot, music video, narrative and documentary.

Shawna Scott won second place for her documentary "Robot Rumble" about a local Lego FIRST robotics team, and she won first place for her narrative "Piercing the Mask," a medieval action adventure.

The event kicked off Sunday evening as festivalgoers viewed the IMAX film "Hubble." They were also given behind the scenes tours of the IMAX theater and projection booth.

Monday and Tuesday featured screenings of 4-H members' narrative films, music videos and documentaries followed by question and answer sessions with the filmmakers.

There were also workshops, including: a lighting workshop presented by David Houlle, owner and operator of Sight and Sound Production Services in St. Louis; a presentation on sound in film by Stephen Siwinski, a writer/producer for Chicago public television; a workshop on acting and the business of film presented by Scott-Arthur Allen of the Creative Actors Workshop; a session about documentaries and photojournalism with Russell Weston, an award-winning photojournalist for National Geographic, "Dateline" and many other television and film productions; and a workshop on stop-motion animation by Aaron Holdmeyer, a film student and animator from St. Louis.

Missouri 4-H has more than 300,000 youth ages 5-18, who more than 1,100 clubs. The four H's in 4-H stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. 4-H members work toward developing cognitive skills (Head), loyalty (Heart), community service (Hands) and healthy lifestyles (Health) through fun and engaging programs.

For more information about 4-H in Cole County visit or contact the Cole County Extension Office at 573-634-2824 or . For more information about FilmFest 4-H, visit

Kelsea Scott is the sister of Shawna Scott and is also a member of Cole County 4-H.