Miami for Social Change Youth Festival empowers next generation of filmmakers – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


South Florida is Hollywood, but we shoot a lot of movies here too, a lot of blockbusters; the films “Bad Boys”, “Baywatch”, “Moonlight”, to name a few. The Magic City is definitely teeming with talent, and Deco is hosting a film festival that aims to empower the next generation of filmmakers.

Light, camera, action.

These young creators are ready to change the world one film at a time.

Saliha Nelson: “The Miami for Social Change Youth Film Festival is a two-day event aimed at elevating the stories and films of young filmmakers from around the world.”

The event organized by Urgent Inc. offers filmmakers between the ages of 14 and 24 a place to hone their skills.

Saliha Nelson: “We will have youth screenings, workshops, masterclasses and keynotes.”

And show what they can do in front of and behind the camera, and trust me, there’s a lot to see.

Saliha Nelson: “The film festival will feature short films, so no film will exceed seven minutes. This is why we are able to present more than 70 films over the two days.

One of the films is “Malcolm’s Desk,” directed by 19-year-old Miami-Dade College student Henry Volmar.

Henry Volmar: “‘Malcolm’s Desk’ was a short film about overwork and the stress that comes with it, so what you see through Malcolm’s point of view is what he longs for: the freedom he wanted and that he had before.”

Another festival highlight is “Wade in the Water” by local filmmaker Cathleen Dean.

Saliha Nelson: “‘Wade in the Water’ is a documentary-style film that deals with the struggle for desegregated beaches in Miami during the civil rights movement here.”

While the festival aims to empower young filmmakers, it’s also about connecting them with industry professionals like Sergio Delavicci. The actor starred in “John Wick 3.”

Sergio Delavicci: “It’s an honor, it’s an honor to be one of the main stars of the Youth Film Festival. It’s very refreshing to see young talent, and it’s very inspiring and motivating.

The film festival begins this Thursday at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater.

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